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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. .

Fishing improves with warmer temps
By George Langley

The North Woods is finally getting some summer-type warmth for more than a day or so. This is great news as far as getting those water temperatures up to normal after a late spring, get us through the mayfly hatch and into summer patterns for all fish.

Lake levels are much improved over last year, and weeds are now getting up to provide good cover throughout the area. Be aware that the bugs are out in full force because of all the rain, so take repellent with you when fishing or hiking. We haven’t seen the lake flies yet,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:31 PM
Warmer temperatures means better fishing
By George Langley

Summer may have finally arrived here in the North Woods. Hopefully, we can keep this warm weather around and leave our memories of a miserable spring behind us.

The warming water temperatures have dramatically improved fishing for many species over the past few days.

Muskie fishing has been improving a little as these fish are now mostly recovered from a late spawning season. The action will continue to improve as the water warms up and the increased metabolic rates will force the muskies to feed more aggressively. Anglers are seeing many fish and catching a few now, mostly

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:43 PM
Warmer temps arrive as bass opener nears
By George Langley

Looks like we are finally getting a taste of summer this week in the North Woods with warmer temperatures and humid weather.

The warmer weather is just in time for the bass opener, as the season opens this Saturday, June 15. It has been a catch-and-release-only season to this point.

Warming water temperatures are improving the fishing dramatically over what we’ve seen so far this season. We have been getting some very good “mixed bag” action on area lakes and we look for this trend to continue over the next couple of weeks.

Muskie action is finally improving. These fish have recovered

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:42 PM
Some warmer temps would help the fishing

Last weekend’s nasty little cold front kept the bass from coming in the shallows and completing their spawn, as the water temperatures went down significantly.
This is getting old, as anglers need some consistent warming weather to improve fishing. At some point, the fish that are getting run off of their spawning activities by declining water temperatures are just not going to spawn.
The North Woods has had a lot of rain lately, and this precipitation is helping keep water levels up nicely compared to last year. Weeds are developing pretty well in the area despite the cold water temperatures, so fish are using these new green weeds.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 7:56 PM
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

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