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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. .


Cold keeping anglers off North Woods lakes
By George Langley

The cold weather has been the story of the winter and this week is topping everything we’ve experienced so far. It is keeping many people from enjoying what are great conditions out there for every winter sport.

Warmer weather in the forecast for this weekend will feel great and allow anglers, skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts and snowmobilers to get outside for a change.

There have been few fishermen out there — only those with shacks of some type. With the ability to drive onto the ice this winter, we’ll see quite a few more shacks popping up on the ice when it warms up. There have been reports of slush on some lakes, so be aware of

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:13 PM
 
Fishing activity slows with colder temps
By George Langley

It can’t get much colder than this. The extreme winter cold this week, with high temperatures below zero on Monday and Tuesday, kept most ice fishermen and snow enthusiasts indoors. According to the weather forecasters, better weather is on the way later this week. Boy, will it be welcome!

The North Woods has absolutely great snow and ice conditions. Now if it’ll just get a little warmer. Teens would be perfect.

Lakes have 10 to 15 inches of really nice ice out there and not many lakes have slush.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:56 AM
 
Conditions very good for holiday fishing

By George Langley

The North Woods has superb winter conditions out there now, with mostly driveable ice thickness and absolutely great snow conditions.

This sets us up for a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday season for the first time in a number of years. If you want to be outdoors, you’ll be able to do whatever you want.

There is a little slush on the ice now on some, but not all, lakes. It is nothing like last year, though. The ice is getting thick enough to almost require a power drill rather than hand augers.

Walleye fishing has been very good on most lakes, with the fish for the most part in a little deeper water.

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:49 AM
 
Cold tough on anglers, but it’s making good ice
By George Langley

What a miserable piece of weather the North Woods has been experiencing in the last several weeks. It has felt just like the usual weather at the end of January each year.

Those cold temperatures, however, have built some ice on the lakes. Most lakes now have around 6 to 10 inches of good ice on the lakes.

The general outdoor conditions for all our winter sports are very good. The snowmobile trails and the cross-country ski trails are open pretty much areawide now and the snowshoeing is excellent. There is some crust, but not too bad.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:07 PM
 
Good ice developing on most area lakes
By George Langley

Believe it or not, North Woods lakes are getting some good ice despite the snow, but the frigid cold conditions are keeping many anglers inside.

That unbelievable rain a week ago was hard enough to knock the snow down almost to the ice surface, so this cold weather the past week has built some decent ice because there was little insulation. This is great for the ice fishing season because anglers will be able to get around out there when it warms up a little.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:49 PM
 
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