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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. .

Anglers turn attention to panfish this month

By George Langley

Anglers have now finished the gamefish portion of the ice fishing season with a pretty good run and are limited to panfish for the rest of the hard-water season.

Conditions are a little slushy and it is definitely hard to get around now. These conditions will improve rapidly as it gets warmer and the snow pack recedes on the ice. If you remember, last season the snow went so rapidly that we really didn’t have much of a late ice fishing season to enjoy. Add to that the fact that no one was ready for open water when it came, so we really didn’t get that fun perch fishing after ice-out either.

Let’s hope that we get a normal ice-out period

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:52 PM
Panfishing to pick up with warmer temps

By George Langley

As we head toward spring, it is great to hear a North Woods weather forecast which includes the phrase “expected high temperatures in the 30s.”

Very shortly, it will become the best time of the year for ice fishermen and -women, with those beautiful, warm, March afternoons to just enjoy being outside.

Anglers are reminded only one weekend of game fishing remains for walleyes, northerns

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:00 PM
Warmer temps needed to settle snow on lakes

By George Langley

As the North Woods heads into the late winter period, the ice has gotten deeper and the snow on the ice has gotten quite a bit thicker in the last several weeks.

Anglers will find some slush around holes where people have been drilling holes and fishing, but it is still a whole lot better than last year at this time. There has been quite a bit of snow in the last several weeks and no warm days to settle that snow down on the lakes.

Walleye fishing has

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:16 PM
Lake conditions vary with additional snow


By George Langley

Anglers are discovering changing lake conditions now as the snow has gotten deeper on the ice, making it more difficult to get around.

This is to be expected for this time of year, but is much better than it was at this time compared to the past few years. The ice itself is quite thick, with up to 24 inches of ice on some lakes in the area.

Meanwhile, the snow depth has gotten much better in the woods for cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoeing fans. In short, winter is in full bloom.

Anglers are taking

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:38 PM )
Ice anglers finding excellent conditions

By George Langley

On, week into February, anglers are finding some great conditions for ice fishing — as good as they’ve had for a number of years now.

The ice thickness varies from 14 to 24 inches throughout the area, meaning anglers can drive just about anywhere on the ice. Anglers will find some slush, but at the time of this writing it is not too bad. It surely is time to put away those hand augers though and get out the power augers.

Snow conditions are the best of the winter for other

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 6:56 PM
Ice conditions ideal on most lakes here

By George Langley

Continued cold weather and little snow have made for almost perfect ice conditions for North Woods ice anglers at this point.

Anglers are driving on almost all lakes in the area and thus are able to get out there without snowmobiles or ATVs. With trucks on the ice, shacks aren’t needed to stay warm. These are the best conditions we have seen in many years, with ice from 12 to almost 20 inches on some lakes.

There also is very little slush on the lakes, so that makes

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:34 PM
Cold temps helping ice conditions on lakes

By George Langley

With the recent cold weather the North Woods is getting, anglers should have some great ice for the rest of the ice fishing season. By the end of this cold spell, anglers can expect 12 to 15 inches of ice on the lakes.

The ability to get around on the ice is as good as it has ever been at this point and anglers are now able to drive vehicles on most lakes. As always, if there haven’t been vehicles where you are going, stop and check ice thickness.

The North Woods has had just enough snow for the cross-country skier and snowshoe enthusiats, but there is a scarcity of that white stuff for snowmobilers.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:49 PM
Ice conditions improve for hard-water anglers

By George Langley

Weather that is really changing has been the dominant factor in our ice fishing news in the last week or so. Ironically, despite all that warm weather, we’ve ended up with improved ice conditions.

The surface coat of 5 inches or so of snow melted into the ice base and we can now boast thicker ice that is easy to get around on. Few of us can remember these types of conditions in January in our lifetime. The lack of snow at this point is unbelievable.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:54 PM
Conditions improving on North Woods lakes


By George Langley

North Woods lakes are slowly getting to great ice conditions for anglers, as the cold nights have really thickened the ice on lakes.

This is just great for the ice fishermen and women, as we will soon be able to drive out there. That sure makes lake access to some of the spots easier for many. Don’t be too hasty, however. Wait until you see that others are driving on the lake.

Snow conditions continue to be poor for those who like to snowmobile, but they are OK (barely) for the cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The daytime temperatures in the 20s have really been great for just getting outside.

Walleye fishing has been good and is getting better. Some big fish have been caught in the last week, with some in the 10-pound range showing up. We commend those anglers who take pictures of them and then return those huge fish. Good numbers of fish have been caught with some consistency in the evenings and after dark on most of lakes. As always, shiners or sucker minnows are the baits used under tip-ups. Set those minnows about 18 inches off the bottom at the deep weed edges or on the edge of bars for best results. We also have reports of some fish being caught by jig fishermen during the afternoons in deeper water.


Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:44 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:34 PM )
Ice conditions improve across North Woods

By George Langley

North Woods lakes have ice conditions that are much improved over several weeks ago. Ice thickness varies from 5 to 10 inches throughout the area and the ability to get around on the ice is just about as good as it gets.

Some lakes have a little slush in areas, mostly on the north side of lakes where wind formed snow drifts along the shorelines. With little slush, this bodes well for ice fishing in the weeks to come. It is very much an improvement over last year at this time.

Monday, December 31, 2012 2:09 PM

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