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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. .

Colder temps to help walleye, muskie fishing
By George Langley

Well, it’s about time. It would appear that fall is finally here, and not a moment too soon. Last week was beautiful, but really crummy if you are a muskie fisherman.

With this colder weather, the water temperatures will drop quickly down through the 50s and into the 40s. Anglers will have to deal with turnover on many lakes, but it’s worth it to get those temperatures down to where they should be at this time of year.

With some rain and a lot of wind, the leaves are off the trees for the most part.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:58 PM
Fish moving toward those mid-fall locations
By George Langley

For anglers, we are now heading into the mid-fall period, but it’s late — just like the rest of the year has been. Anglers are happy with the cooler weather and the fact that the rain last weekend dropped the water temperatures. Some lakes are actually in the high 50s.

Water levels also were helped by the heavy rain  and this is a good thing. They are now in much better shape than last year.

Walleye fishing has been good,

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:14 PM
Anglers still waiting for colder temperatures
By George Langley

It is beautiful on the lakes at this point, but anglers just can’t get the cooler temperatures they want for that best fall fishing.

Water temperatures are in the low 60s in general, and since we are now in October, this is really late to hit the 50s. Oh well, fall conditions will come sooner or later.

With some rain and a lot of wind, the North Woods has lost some leaves. There should be full color for Cranberry Fest this weekend, which people will enjoy.

The hunters are eager to see the leaves fall for their

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:15 PM
Most fish heading toward fall patterns
By George Langley

The North Woods is definitely moving into fall as the water temperatures have declined to the mid 60s and many lakes have started the process of turning over.

If the North doesn’t get another warm front — and we certainly don’t want one — we’ll see a  significant water temperature drop followed by some great walleye and muskie fishing we get in mid to late fall.

Walleye fishing is good, with the fish moving a little deeper on the dark-water lakes. They’ll end up in the holes on the Chain. Look for the deepest weed edges and mud flats off the weeds to be holding fish this week. Jigs and minnows are the best bait. The bigger, clear lakes just haven’t

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:29 PM
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

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