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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. .

Fishing improving as lakes warm up
By George Langley

North Woods lakes saw an immediate rise in the water temperature since Sunday as warm, humid air moved into the Midwest.

The water temperatures finally climbed into the 70s and weed growth continues. While it has been windy on many days, fishing the downwind side of the lake can be especially productive for walleyes and northerns.

Walleye fishing is slow but improving because the mayfly

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:39 PM
Warmer temps needed to improve fishing here
George Langley

Cold temperatures and high wind, along with much lower water temperatures, have made this a very different summer for fishing, especially compared to last year.

Basically, it still feels like early June out on the water, with slow weed growth because of the low water temperatures. The water temperatures are in the 60s at this point, which is hard to believe for this time of year. Anglers can still find weeds on all lakes, but some are slow to come up and in some areas on the Chain the treatment for milfoil has kept them down.

The best part of the weather conditions

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:15 PM
Muskies heating up with warmer temps
By George Langley

Some absolutely fantastic weather surprised us on the July 4 weekend as the warmer weather was good for the water temperatures and for the fishing. We are now seeing a lot of people on the lakes, both fishing and enjoying other water sports.

Weed growth is getting better on the lakes, but still a little behind the norm. At this rate, it will catch up. The water levels are good; better than in years.

Muskie action is heating up a little,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:00 PM
Weed growth climbs on most area lakes
By George Langley

Weekly rain has kept the lake levels high and the water temperatures from going up, with water temps in the high 60s throughout the area.

It is hard to believe we’re into July already, as this spring was so late in coming.  Weeds are starting to come up in most places and they are right to the surface on some lakes.

Water activity will be the highest of the year for the next two weeks, so be watchful when boating. Biting flies have hatched on the lakes, so take some repellent along.

Walleye action seems to have slowed,

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:23 AM
Warming water temps should help fishing
By George Langley

As we are now officially in summer, we need some more warming to increase the water temperatures. These recent cold fronts have stabilized the water temperatures, or even reduced them unexpectedly.

We would like to see some more weed growth, but know that will come with the warmer water temperatures. The lake levels are higher than last year, making many boat landings easier to use.

The lake flies have started to make their appearance,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:49 PM
Area walleye anglers deal with mayfly hatch
By George Langley

Walleye anglers must deal with the annual mayfly hatch and a change in fishing patterns.

Meanwhile, rain and some cooler weather have caused the water temperatures to drop a little, which was kind of a surprise for mid June. This might extend the smallmouth bass spawn a little, along with the bluegill spawn.

The rain, however, was another boost for the lake levels, which have now improved significantly on most lakes over the last few years. This is great to see, as the landings are much easier to use.

The mosquito problem abated a little,

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:15 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:16 AM )
Walleyes being caught in weeds on most lakes
By George Langley

Once again we can say that we are being blessed with absolutely great weather for this time of year. It is a little dry, but we have had enough rain to get things really green.

The high water this spring followed by warm temperatures after Memorial Day weekend led to lots of   mosquitoes. Take repellant along, whatever you are doing outside.

Lake levels remain good, especially when compared with the last five years or so.

Most fish are done spawning,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:33 PM
Walleyes head for weeds, northerns also hitting
By George Langley

An absolutely incredible string of nice days has been interrupted by some rain, but even that is welcome now. A very warm end of May was just what we needed to get those water temperatures up to normal. There’s only one fly in that ointment — mosquitoes — and lots of them. Take repellant along anywhere outside or you will be driven absolutely crazy by them.

Water levels are pretty good now after that extreme winter with all its snow. Many of the spring flowers are in bloom and the woods are beautiful at this time of year. The water is still a little cool, but warm enough to swim in. Fishing in general has reflected the weather,

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:18 AM
Walleyes moving to new weed areas
By George Langley

A massive change in the weather has made life worth living in the last week, with an absolutely beautiful weekend over the Memorial Day holiday.

Water temperatures are now up in the 60s on a lot of area lakes and weeds are starting to grow nicely throughout the area.

A huge number of people were up last weekend

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:56 PM
Warmer water temps improving fishing here
By George Langley

Now that we have finally received some decent weather (and good forecasts) we are solidly into good spring fishing patterns. This is great and well deserved after a horrible winter and spring.

Water levels are much improved for everyone and the water temperatures are now rising up there toward normal levels for this time of the year. We expect to see those water temperatures climb into the mid to upper 50s by the weekend. People are finally starting to really enjoy being out there.

The upcoming Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:41 AM

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