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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 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
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

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