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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. .

Lake conditions tough for anglers
By George Langley

While the snowmobile trails are great, the ice fishing conditions are getting difficult on lakes across the North Woods.
Some sun and warmer weather are needed to knock that snow cover on the lakes down a little bit. It is very hard to get around, especially on lakes that haven’t been fished. Anglers are reporting both slush and snow drifts on many lakes.
On some lakes there are roads plowed, but for the most part it’s just tough and will remain so until the sun reduces the snow down. The cold weather also has made it tough to survive out there if you don’t have a shack.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:47 PM )
Cold temps limit ice fishing last week
By George Langley

There’s really not a lot to talk about when it comes to ice fishing as the weather has been so cold and so foul that few anglers have braved the conditions to go out there.

The additional snow is making getting around difficult on the ice. Thank heavens that February is coming, hopefully with some nicer weather. At this point, we’ll settle for anything above 10 degrees as good weather. This weekend should be better, as the forecast shows the high temperature to be about 14 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

While there is a lot of snow and some slush now,

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:28 PM
Walleyes still hitting; crappie action starting
By George Langley

Anglers are experiencing some pretty good January fishing, as the walleyes and northerns are still providing good action. In addition, although anglers might hit some slush pockets on the ice, it is not as bad as last year at this time. Ice thickness is really getting up there, with 15 to 20 inches being common. Ice roads are plowed out on many lakes.

Snow conditions are perfect for the cross-country skiers and showshoe enthusiasts. We’ve had many 2-inch snows lately that have kept the snow fresh. What this all feels like is a normal winter here in the North.

Walleye fishing has been consistently good for the last several weeks. This is unusual for this time of year,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:50 AM
Anglers getting out with warmer temps
By George Langley

After all that cold weather of the last several weeks, the warmer weather was very welcome. A fair number of anglers took advantage of the warmer temperatures to get outside.

The ice is getting thick on all lakes, with the average ranging from 16 to 20 inches. If we get another really cold spell or two, anglers might have to start thinking of using extensions on their augers.

Last week’s snow hasn’t hurt anglers’ ability to get around, as it is packed down pretty well on the ice. There have been reports of slush on some lakes, but it is not as widespread as last year at this time.

The skiers and snowshoe buffs are in

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:14 PM
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

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