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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. .


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
 
Ice fishing under way as most lakes freeze up
By George Langley

Except for the very largest lakes, the lakes have now developed some decent ice across the area. This is great for the ice fishermen and much better than at this time last winter.

A good number of ice anglers were out last weekend enjoying some decent fishing. At the time of this writing, we don’t have a lot of snow, but that can change at any time. We’ve even had some kids skating on some of the lakes.

Even though we don’t have much snow, the hunting and hiking has been great in the woods.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:01 PM
 
Ice fishing is next as lakes freeze up
By George Langley

Fall is over. Winter is here. With the cold weather here for the duration (hopefully), we are now in full ice fishing mode in the North.

Wow, this is much different from last fall when we were “blessed” with 50-degree days at this time.

Many of the smaller lakes are completely iced in and with the cold weather are developing some really nice ice. The winds have kept the big lakes open, but several quiet nights will be enough to also freeze the larger lakes in the area.

As a result of all of this early cold,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:28 PM
 
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