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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. .

Walleyes starting to hit in new green weeds
By George Langley

The annoying cold fronts that have been the dominant story of this spring are not as common now. The water temperatures are now firmly in the 60s by the afternoon and some lakes are in the 70s in the bays. This is great for the crappie spawn.

Water levels are starting out higher than last year, and more rain will help the drainage lakes achieve some better levels. The Rainbow Flowage is fuller than it has been for several years.

Be ready for the bugs. As it gets warmer they will be out in force with the wetter weather. Ticks are already here, so check your skin out in the evenings if you have been in the woods or doing yard work.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good,

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:16 PM
Crappies and muskies get top billing this week

By George Langley

It’s going to be a great week, folks, from a fishing standpoint. The water is warming up nicely now and on the Chain the crappies have started their spawn.

Muskie season will open this Saturday, May 25, throughout the area. Should you see these fish right on the shorelines, let them be as they are in mid-spawn. We’ve had some unfortunate reports of guys snagging some fish. If you see this, call the Department of Natural Resources immediately.

The big news is crappies are on their spawning run and in the shallows on most lakes. The crappie

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:42 PM
Warmer temperatures should help fishing

By George Langley

The North Woods was again faced with cold weather right through last weekend, which kept the number of fishermen down.

But warm weather forecast for this week will help all anglers as they are still trying to find some strong spring patterns for walleyes.

Lake levels are much better this year with all the rain and snow we have had, but the water temperatures are still pretty cold out there. They were at best in the low to mid-40s through the weekend.

The predicted warmer weather this week will be great for all our spawning fish (perch and walleyes)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:31 PM
Better 2nd weekend expected for anglers

By George Langley

A very unusual opening weekend of fishing will be followed by — anglers hope — a great second weekend.

There really wasn’t much going on last weekend, as most of the lakes were still iced over. A few people even ice-fished on the weekend.

The Chain of Lakes is clearing out of ice this week. Both dams are open and there is a fair amount of current, which helps open up the lakes. Look for many lakes to be open and productive for the second weekend. We could sure use some rain now also, as it is getting dry out there. Lake levels are generally up

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:14 PM
River fishing best on opening weekend

By George Langley

What a year so far. None of us have any idea whether the ice is going to be out by this weekend at the time of this writing.

You will not see any more ice fishermen on the ice at this point, as it has gotten quite sloppy and untrustworthy. Only the “nuts” go out at this time. While we have 20-plus inches on some lakes, much of it is quite honeycombed on the top. You will notice it getting darker and darker and some of the ice has gone away from the shorelines. It can go fast, as we found out last year.

What anglers would really like to see

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:55 PM
Snow and cold delay ice out on area lakes

By George Langley

The last week was more of the same weatherwise, with snow, rain and very unseasonable cold weather keeping the arrival of spring at bay.

As far as getting rid of the lake ice, nothing was accomplished in the last week. While this is getting frustrating, we all know it has to change some time, doesn’t it? Looking ahead, the long-range forecast is for high temperatures in the 50s Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which means we actually might start seeing some of that black ice on the lakes.

With all the rain the North Woods has had,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:18 PM
Anglers still pursuing panfish through ice

By George Langley

Will this winter ever end? We are getting more of the same weather that we have had since January. What a complete change from last year’s weather when we were open water fishing already the last week of March.

This week we have had an increase in the snow cover and certainly no thinning of the ice. It’s beginning to look like the middle of May for the ice going out.

In looking at the 10-day forecast, there is not a lot of relief in sight either. We need sun, more sun and temperatures at least in the 50s to get rid of the ice.

For those opening weekend walleye and

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:40 PM
Fishing improving for panfish anglers

By George Langley

Some anglers and guides are starting to question whether or not there will be open water for the game fish opener May 4.

There is still some snow and slush on most lakes, with up to 32 inches of ice underneath and no significant warm-up in the long-term forecast. What a difference from last year when the ice was gone by the end of March!

Perch fishing has been good area wide. These fish will be very active over the next few weeks leading up to the spawn. Ice anglers have reported good perch action on many area lakes using small minnows, wigglers and waxies. Look for these fish to be hanging on the mud

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:58 PM
Expect better luck with warmer temps

By George Langley

Winter just keeps hanging around here in the North Woods. While we finally got a little break late last week with a couple of really nice sunny days, snow returned Saturday followed by cold temperatures on Monday.

Those slushy conditions are finally improving as the water has been draining through the cracks and holes in the ice.

While there may be some rough going near the south-facing boat landings, the ice is still very thick with reports of 24 to 32 inches of ice on most lakes.

Perch fishing has been very good areawide. These fish will be very active

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:14 PM
Slush, snow hindering lake access for anglers

By George Langley

We are stuck in a rut — pun intended. Slushy conditions have prevailed on most area lakes and below-normal temperatures have prolonged this period of limited mobility for ice anglers.

Most anglers are using snowmobiles to get out on the ice at this time, as there are reports of trucks getting stuck in the slush and snow on some bodies of water.

Anglers are reporting some improvements out there, however, as some of the slush and water is finally disappearing. Hopefully, the forecast holds for warmer weather later this week so those shack-happy anglers can get out

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:28 PM

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