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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. .

Ice-out gets delayed with more snow, cold
By George Langley

It’s Easter week on the calendar, but it sure doesn’t look like spring on the lakes.

We got rid of a lot of snow last week, but the North Woods received another three inches of snow Sunday night and Monday morning. While there was some melting of the snow and crust on top of the ice, we still have some slush to deal with when walking around out there.

We will need warmer than normal

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:55 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:55 PM )
Warm, spring temps should help anglers
By George Langley

More winter weather slowed the process of the spring melt considerably last week, but the good thing is that the forecast looks to be the best of the spring so far.

We need a lot of melting to have even the slightest chance for open water opening day, May 3. Time is starting to run out.

Meanwhile, for those of you who are going to try to get out,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:46 AM
Late ice panfishing finally arrives in North
By George Langley

Recent warm weather has changed conditions on the lakes over the past week. Some of the slushy spots that froze up during our cold spell in March have now softened up again, making travel on the ice more difficult in spots.

We had reports of anglers driving snowmobiles and trucks on many North Woods lakes over the weekend, but getting stuck in the slush is once again a concern out there. With no major cool-down or warm-up in the forecast, these slushy conditions are likely to stay for the time being.

Bluegill activity has been decent on

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:19 AM
Conditions on lakes improving for anglers
By George Langley

The conditions on area lakes are finally pretty decent, as there is not as much slush or deep snow out there as anglers saw most of the winter.

We are starting to see a few anglers driving trucks on some area lakes, but most people are heading out on snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and by foot. Still be careful, as there are slush pockets on some lakes.

The cold weather, as usual this winter,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:40 AM
Warm followed by cold helping lake surfaces
By George Langley

A little warm weather last week followed by some really cold nights actually improved conditions on area lakes last weekend.

The lake surface developed a hard, crusty layer on top of the snow, making it easy to walk around on most lakes. However, more snow and another warm spell may change conditions out there by this weekend. Anglers assume the worst is behind them now,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:58 AM
Lakes should improve with warmer temps
By George Langley

Conditions on North Woods lakes remain poor with plenty of snow and slush still prohibiting access by vehicle on most area lakes.

At least we are now getting a few days above freezing to knock down some of the snow. The way it’s been going this year, we may have to dig out our tip-ups for the game fish opener the first weekend in May!

Bluegill action has been somewhat slow the past week. It’s possible

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:16 PM )
Anglers turn attention to panfish options
By George Langley

Fishing guiders, anglers and many area residents  are running out of adjectives to describe this extremely long, brutally-cold winter.

The good news is that February is now behind us and we can start looking forward to spring showing up soon — maybe. Slightly warmer temperatures are in the forecast this week.

The gamefishing season is now over,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:57 AM
Tough lake conditions greeting area anglers
By George Langley

Anglers are experiencing some horrible ice fishing conditions at this point. Because of that, there is very little on the ice fishing front to report at this point.
There is very deep snow on the lakes and making it even worse is the slush under the snow. Be sure to take a shovel along to clear the snow away from the hole, as water pours up through the hole as soon as you drill the hole.
What we need at this point is, very simply,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:35 PM
Warmer weather should help lakes

By George Langley

With this extra snow the North Woods received the past week, it is even harder to get around on the ice at the time of this writing due to deep snow and slush.

But warmer weather anticipated later this week should start to knock that snow down somewhat and be a big help (we hope) in getting around on the ice. We need a lot of warm weather to get it to where we want, but we’ll take anything we can get.

The snowmobile and cross-country skiing enthusiasts are in seventh heaven,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:49 PM
Cold temps, slush limiting fishing effort
By George Langley

Another cold week has kept the number of fishermen heading out on the ice down as the conditions at this point are just hard on people.
Most lakes cannot be accessed by truck now and there is a fair amount of slush on many lakes. The good news is that some of the slush has frozen with the cold weather.
Lakes have had some settling of the snow with the stronger sun at this point and this pattern will intensify when it warms a little. The days are longer and the sun is definitely stronger.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:01 PM

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