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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. .

Panfishing will heat up with warmer weather
News-Review Editor Gary Ridderbusch caught this 14-inch crappie on a minnow Sunday morning.

Well, the game fishing season is done for ice anglers, who will now pursue panfish until the game fishing season reopens for open water on May 7.
With a big thaw arriving this week, some anglers will travel a little south to the rivers to fish for walleyes. The Wolf and the Wisconsin rivers both offer early season walleye fishing that is very good, not to mention an opportunity to check out your equipment and boats for the season.
The lull during the ice-out period also is a good time to clean and oil those reels, check fishing rods

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:25 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 15, 2011 1:51 PM )
Anglers switch gears as panfishing improves

With the game fishing season coming to an end March 6 for the ice fishing enthusiasts, all we have to talk about now is the late-winter panfishing.
Monday’s snow will not have a big impact on the ice conditions on the ice, but at the time of this writing there is snow in the forecast for Wednesday. Even though these March snowstorms make the winter last longer, they are good for the lake levels when we do get to the melt.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:41 PM
Game fishing season to end this Sunday

Area lakes now have the thickest ice of the year and the cold temperatures are continuing this week, especially a night when we are recording single digits.
The good news is that we are simply running out of winter at this point. As we get into March, we are bound to get some pretty nice weather coming up and the ice fishing conditions later this month should be quite pleasant.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 2:57 PM
Warmer temperatures bring out the anglers

Wow, what a difference a week makes — from extreme cold last week to almost springlike weather Saturday and Sunday.
The weather during the weekend was much more conducive to getting outside and enjoying the best of winter, with anglers, skiers and snowmobilers out in force.
The conditions on the ice now are pretty good, with the snow packed down somewhat and

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:07 PM
Anglers finding access very good on most lakes

Anglers and other outdoor recreationists finally caught a break from the cold, windy weather last weekend as temperatures were in the mid to upper 20s Saturday and Sunday.
Many anglers headed out to take advantage of the nice weather and reported some very good fishing action on area lakes. Due to little snow and slush on the lakes, access remains excellent on most lakes.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:29 PM
Fishing remains good for walleyes, muskies

The winter recreational conditions are near perfect at the time of this writing. There is enough snow to keep the snowmobilers happy and great ice conditions for the fishermen.
More snow will make it tough to get around on the ice. On some of the bigger lakes, some anglers have plowed roads out on the ice. As far as ice thickness, there are anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of ice out there. Still, when going to areas that are new, exercise some care and check

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 3:02 PM
Access is excellent for ice fishermen

The North Woods has near-perfect ice fishing conditions now and a good number of anglers are getting out there to enjoy the fishing.
Expect from 12 to 16 inches of ice on most lakes, but be careful if you are driving on the ice. Be sure to check ice thickness if you are going to a new spot. It will be a great season for ice fishermen now that they can drive vehicles out there for easy access.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:50 PM
Warm followed by cold improves slush problem

What a difference a storm makes. North Woods lakes have gone from the prospect of snow and slush on the ice to a much better overall situation.
The rapid melt and rain last week, combined with much colder temperatures afterward, have resulted in great ice conditions out there. We have much thicker ice — people will be driving on most of the lakes by the end of the week. We sure didn’t think that could happen a week ago. Some

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 3:29 PM
Ice conditions improving with cold temperatures

North Woods anglers are dealing with pretty good ice conditions for the most part, especially with the cold temperatures the past week. The ice thickness now ranges from 5 to 12 inches on all area lakes, however, there is some slush on many lakes.
As more anglers get out there with four-wheelers and snowmobiles, this slush will harden up in the heavily travelled spots. Where the lakes do have slush, rubber boots are recommended.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:19 PM
Slush developing on some area lakes

Wow, what a winter weather experience the North Woods experienced last weekend — nearly a foot of snow, wind gusts to 30 mph and subzero temperatures.
This could put a damper on ice fishing for the time being, as anglers may have to deal with deep snow and slush. The best hope now is that the cold weather will solidify some of that slush. In addition, as more and more ice fishermen get out there, they will beat paths down on the ice. As this

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:59 PM

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