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George Langley

Fishing with the Guides

George Langley has been a fishing guide and businessman
in the North Woods for more than 40 years.
He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Boat traffic, high sun means low-light bite
By George Langley

While hot weather makes it uncomfortable for anglers, swimming and other water sports are great during these periods of high temperatures.
The high water traffic and extreme light penetration has resulted in most of the game fish species feeding at night or during low-light periods.
Water levels are much higher than last year and temperatures have now moved toward the high

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:04 AM
Heavy boat driving traffic driving fish deeper on most lakes
By George Langley

Absolutely great Fourth of July weekend weather meant that there was an immense amount of traffic on the water, making it hard for anglers to fish in some cases. This means anglers should consider morning and evening fishing at this time of the summer.
Heavy sunlight penetration also drives the fish deeper during the day, which means that if anglers are fishing at midday, they should be fishing in much deeper water than several weeks ago.
There are now midsummer lake conditions out there, including much higher water temperatures

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:48 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:55 AM )
Try mornings, evenings as boat traffic climbs
By George Langley

With summer weather finally here, anglers will see the water temperature somewhere near normal. It has been a long, slow climb to get there, with many detours along the way.
Anglers will see a huge increase in water usage beginning this week, so it might be better to think about mornings and evenings on the heavily used waterways like the Chain of Lakes.
Water levels are much better at this point than last year, with the heavier rains last week helping. Weed growth is better now, but has been quite slow in developing due to the cold weather. The

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:12 AM
Fishing pretty good despite cold weather
By George Langley

While the lake levels are much better, the water temperature is quite low for this time of year due to the recent cold weather.
This means that the weed growth is behind for this time of year. All in all, it is making the conditions on the lakes still seem like May. While there are forecasts of warmer weather, it always seems to dissolve into cooler than forecast.
Through it all, including many days with an east wind, fishing has remained solid.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:37 AM
Some 'normal' weather improving fishing here
By George Langley

The North Woods is finally getting some “normal” weather and fishing has responded with some real good productivity for all species over the last several days.
Water levels are pretty good, except for those unfortunate seepage lakes. Water temperatures are now back in or near the 70s, so we’re seeing more water activity.
Weed growth, while improving, remains behind this time last year. As the weeds grow, anglers will see more fish using these weed beds. Weeds have been particularly hard to find on the

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:26 PM
Warmer temperatures to boost fish activity

Much warmer (and hopefully much more consistent) weather is on the way this week and will be quite welcome. North Woods lakes are way behind as far as spawning activity and weed growth. Maybe with some warm weather they can play “catch up” for a while.
The North does have much higher lake levels this year, as we have had a lot of rain, especially when compared to last year.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:47 PM
Anglers ready to battle muskies this weekend
By George Langley

North Woods lakes have some decent, but not quite warm enough water temperatures out there. The cool rain showers have dropped the water temperatures as much as the warmer weather has tried to increase them. Oh well, maybe next week.
Lakes are starting to get some nice weed growth now with those water temperatures in the high 50s across the area. These weeds, where they have some up, are holding fish. Water levels, with the exception of those seepage lakes, are getting higher. Some of the landings are still a problem

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 2:35 PM
Fishing should improve with warmer temperatures
By George Langley

The strong northeast wind and cold front last weekend just about shut down fishing Saturday and Sunday. All in all, it was a crummy experience for those who tried to fish in it.
Water temperatures have dropped into the 40s and only now with the warmer weather are starting to recover back into the low 50s. Hopefully, that will get the spring fishing back to normal.
Water levels are much improved over last spring, with landings on most lakes in good shape.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:30 PM
Anglers finding walleyes in both rivers and lakes
By George Langley

Wow, what a nice weekend for the opener. It seems unusual to get such good weather for the whole weekend, but it was great. Because of the good weather, fishing traffic was very heavy throughout the area. Many if not most anglers were pretty happy with what they saw. It is a delight to hear from a bunch of happy fishermen as we did this weekend.
The river was high because the dam was open and lake levels, except for those drainage lakes, are pretty good. Water temperatures as of the weekend were in the 40s, but expect rapidly rising

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:02 PM
Panfishing offers test prior to opening day
By George Langley

The ice is finally disappearing from North Woods lakes. Many lakes are completely open now and the rest will be free of ice in the next few days as rain and wind are predicted.
This is a great time to get out, check that equipment that’s been in the garage or basement all winter and enjoy some of the best panfishing of the spring before the game fish opener Saturday, May 7.
Even if you are more interested in game fish, crappie and perch fishing is a good excuse to get your

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:42 PM

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