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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. .

Fall patterns starting to take over in North
By George Langley

As we progress a little deeper into September and the fall fishing possibilities, anglers are getting some of those much-needed water temperature declines. This is good, very good.

Anglers are seeing the beginning of the turnover process on many of the smaller lakes. This is evidenced by some green on the surface. It looks like the lake has had an algae bloom. It hasn’t. It’s having some mixing of the lower levels, with the accumulated gunk from this year rising to the top because of the lower surface temperatures brought about by cold nights.

The North Woods has had some cold rain,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:29 PM
Colder temperatures will help fall fishing
By George Langley

Outdoors people are enjoying the slide into fall, however, this roller coaster effect of warm and cold fronts makes it difficult for all sportsmen and -women to plan fishing or hunting trips.

For hunting or fishing, from this point forward, the colder the better.

Anglers are seeing the beginning of turnover (not final turnover) on many area lakes. What has happened is that the cold nights have reduced the surface temperatures enough to generate some turning of water. This green look will now stay on these lakes until it gets cold enough to allow these lakes to clean

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:14 PM
Transition begins into fall fishing
By George Langley

What an interesting transition period it will be for the next several weeks, as we go from summer’s high temperatures to fall’s dropping water temperatures and color. Many of us cherish our fall fishing more than any other time of year.

Lake water levels are good — much better than last year at this time. The North Woods has had enough rain to make a difference, which is certainly good news for all anglers and boaters.

Water temperatures are again on the decline and will soon be heading toward the low 60s and even 50s. Anglers hope for a consistent decline into the 50s and  really don’t want to see any more of those hard warm fronts. From this point forward, warming

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:22 PM
Warmer temps to test anglers this weekend
By George Langley

Here we go, back into mid-summer weather conditions with heat and humidity. Expect the water temperatures to rise quickly with the high air temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s last weekend.

We’ll probably see a lot of people this weekend enjoying water sports one last time for the summer, so it will be busy out there on Labor Day weekend.

It’s hard to predict what the overall effect of this hot weather will have on the fishing. In general, warm fronts in the fall are not good for the fishing.

Even with the recent warmth, weeds have started dying

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:53 PM
Warmer weather expected to stabilize fishing patterns

Warmer weather is again making an appearance in the North Woods this week — and not a moment too soon for anglers.
The unusual cool weather in August has made it hard to judge the fishing patterns, as the fish didn’t know whether it was fall or summer.
The water temperatures will quickly go back up several degrees with this warming and then we can hope for a normal fall with a long, slow decline in those water temperatures throughout the fall. That is what brings the great muskie and

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:05 PM

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