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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. .

Lakes open up again with rain and wind
By George Langley

Once again, a warm front, rain and high winds interrupted ice development and the lakes opened up again.

This pretty much dashed the hopes of hunters who like to both hunt and fish on opening day of the gun deer season. This year’s opener is this Saturday, Nov. 23. Now if we can only get some snow for the hunters.

With colder weather in the forecast,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:52 PM
Open water fishing winding down in North
By George Langley

With temperatures dropping into the teens this week, this is just about it for the open water fishing for this year. This week’s cold weather will certainly start closing up some of the lakes to open water fishing.

In the absence of a warm front (and we can’t take anything for granted when it comes to the weather) there could be some ice fishing by deer season. Deer season is late this year, starting Nov. 23. We might find some guys deer hunting during the daytime and ice fishing for early walleye at night.

Water temperatures are now down in the low 40s and even in the 30s

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:03 AM
Action picking up for muskie anglers
By George Langley

The North Woods is moving into the late fall period as the water temperatures have fallen and are now in the lower 40s on many lakes.

This is the time for serious muskie hunters and a few very serious and experienced walleye fishermen. If it’s not too cold, it’s a great time to be on the water. Lake levels, on most water bodies, are nice and high; better than they have been in years.

Weeds are down on all lakes, except for those tough coontail and cabbage weeds that stay green nearly all year on some lakes. The edges, right off the weeds, are still holding fish.

Muskie action has been great in the last week or so.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:00 PM
Colder weather helping walleye, muskie anglers

By George Langley

Looking at the temperatures and weathers patterns, we are now entering the late fall period and things are looking good for the late fall anglers.

Water levels are much better than last year, and the water temperatures have now fallen into the 40s on most lakes. Turnover is finished, although some lakes are taking longer than normal to get cleaned up from that process. Anglers will soon be blessed with gin-clear water on all lakes.

The leaves of course are mostly gone now, giving hunters good fields of vision in the woods.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:16 AM
Drop in water temps should help fishing
By George Langley

The North Woods is seeing very cold conditions, which have triggered a huge drop in water temperatures. For the walleye and muskie fishermen, this is great.

Some rain has kept the water levels up and the temperatures are now down in the 40s, which creates great fishing — the best of the year for big fish. It won’t be long until we are thinking of ice fishing.

Hunters also are very happy with most leaves off the trees and the deer heading toward the rut period. We have talked to some grouse hunters, who have said that the hunting has been much better than expected. Many of us wish that there were two Octobers,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:10 PM
Colder temps to help walleye, muskie fishing
By George Langley

Well, it’s about time. It would appear that fall is finally here, and not a moment too soon. Last week was beautiful, but really crummy if you are a muskie fisherman.

With this colder weather, the water temperatures will drop quickly down through the 50s and into the 40s. Anglers will have to deal with turnover on many lakes, but it’s worth it to get those temperatures down to where they should be at this time of year.

With some rain and a lot of wind, the leaves are off the trees for the most part.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:58 PM
Fish moving toward those mid-fall locations
By George Langley

For anglers, we are now heading into the mid-fall period, but it’s late — just like the rest of the year has been. Anglers are happy with the cooler weather and the fact that the rain last weekend dropped the water temperatures. Some lakes are actually in the high 50s.

Water levels also were helped by the heavy rain  and this is a good thing. They are now in much better shape than last year.

Walleye fishing has been good,

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:14 PM
Anglers still waiting for colder temperatures
By George Langley

It is beautiful on the lakes at this point, but anglers just can’t get the cooler temperatures they want for that best fall fishing.

Water temperatures are in the low 60s in general, and since we are now in October, this is really late to hit the 50s. Oh well, fall conditions will come sooner or later.

With some rain and a lot of wind, the North Woods has lost some leaves. There should be full color for Cranberry Fest this weekend, which people will enjoy.

The hunters are eager to see the leaves fall for their

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:15 PM
Most fish heading toward fall patterns
By George Langley

The North Woods is definitely moving into fall as the water temperatures have declined to the mid 60s and many lakes have started the process of turning over.

If the North doesn’t get another warm front — and we certainly don’t want one — we’ll see a  significant water temperature drop followed by some great walleye and muskie fishing we get in mid to late fall.

Walleye fishing is good, with the fish moving a little deeper on the dark-water lakes. They’ll end up in the holes on the Chain. Look for the deepest weed edges and mud flats off the weeds to be holding fish this week. Jigs and minnows are the best bait. The bigger, clear lakes just haven’t

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:29 PM
Fall patterns starting to take over in North
By George Langley

As we progress a little deeper into September and the fall fishing possibilities, anglers are getting some of those much-needed water temperature declines. This is good, very good.

Anglers are seeing the beginning of the turnover process on many of the smaller lakes. This is evidenced by some green on the surface. It looks like the lake has had an algae bloom. It hasn’t. It’s having some mixing of the lower levels, with the accumulated gunk from this year rising to the top because of the lower surface temperatures brought about by cold nights.

The North Woods has had some cold rain,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:29 PM

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