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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 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
Delay in ice-out offers extra time to prepare gear
By George Langley

Although safe ice fishing conditions are gone for the season, the ice is not melting very quickly on North Woods lakes due to the recent cold temperatures and snow. The winds are helping break up the lakes.
This delay in ice-out gives anglers a chance to put away their ice fishing gear and pull out that open-water fishing gear and make sure everything is in order.  When the ice finally goes, it is well worth the effort of having everything ready to go when the perch and crappies start hitting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:45 PM
Most anglers looking to open-water fishing

The North Woods is at or near the end of the ice fishing season. It is just a great time of the year as anglers have so much to anticipate in the next several weeks. Absent a huge change in the weather or a big snowfall, most anglers are now thinking about open-water fishing in the near future.
As the ice becomes unsafe and melts, and the last of the snow piles leave, anglers start thinking about that great perch fishing every year right after the ice goes out. First, let’s talk about the last-gasp ice fishing.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:41 PM
There's still some time to try spring ice fishing

Did everyone enjoy that nice piece of “January” the North Woods this past week? With below-zero temperatures overnight, this late March is totally different from last March when the snow was gone and the lakes were opening up.
Hopefully, we’ll now get a better taste of spring with some nice warming into the mid-40s this week. This should bring those panfish anglers out in force. The lakes still have a good bit of ice on them, and the landings actually firmed up a bit with the recent cold weather. People are still driving on

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:34 PM
Late snowstorms good for water levels

While spring is on everyone’s mind, don’t be too disappointed with the wintery mix Sunday and the snow that was expected Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Look at the snow as a valuable addition to the lake levels and it becomes a little more bearable.
Ice conditions are getting iffy as some landings are now not usable. This happens every spring as the north sides of lakes are the worst as the sun beats directly on those shorelines. Most lakes remain safe for traffic, but more and more ice fishermen are walking or taking ATVs out to their

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:15 PM
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

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