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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. .


Lakes should improve with warmer temps
By George Langley

Conditions on North Woods lakes remain poor with plenty of snow and slush still prohibiting access by vehicle on most area lakes.

At least we are now getting a few days above freezing to knock down some of the snow. The way it’s been going this year, we may have to dig out our tip-ups for the game fish opener the first weekend in May!

Bluegill action has been somewhat slow the past week. It’s possible

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:16 PM )
 
Anglers turn attention to panfish options
By George Langley

Fishing guiders, anglers and many area residents  are running out of adjectives to describe this extremely long, brutally-cold winter.

The good news is that February is now behind us and we can start looking forward to spring showing up soon — maybe. Slightly warmer temperatures are in the forecast this week.

The gamefishing season is now over,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:57 AM
 
Tough lake conditions greeting area anglers
By George Langley

Anglers are experiencing some horrible ice fishing conditions at this point. Because of that, there is very little on the ice fishing front to report at this point.
There is very deep snow on the lakes and making it even worse is the slush under the snow. Be sure to take a shovel along to clear the snow away from the hole, as water pours up through the hole as soon as you drill the hole.
What we need at this point is, very simply,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:35 PM
 
Warmer weather should help lakes

By George Langley

With this extra snow the North Woods received the past week, it is even harder to get around on the ice at the time of this writing due to deep snow and slush.

But warmer weather anticipated later this week should start to knock that snow down somewhat and be a big help (we hope) in getting around on the ice. We need a lot of warm weather to get it to where we want, but we’ll take anything we can get.

The snowmobile and cross-country skiing enthusiasts are in seventh heaven,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:49 PM
 
Cold temps, slush limiting fishing effort
By George Langley

Another cold week has kept the number of fishermen heading out on the ice down as the conditions at this point are just hard on people.
Most lakes cannot be accessed by truck now and there is a fair amount of slush on many lakes. The good news is that some of the slush has frozen with the cold weather.
Lakes have had some settling of the snow with the stronger sun at this point and this pattern will intensify when it warms a little. The days are longer and the sun is definitely stronger.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:01 PM
 
Lake conditions tough for anglers
By George Langley

While the snowmobile trails are great, the ice fishing conditions are getting difficult on lakes across the North Woods.
Some sun and warmer weather are needed to knock that snow cover on the lakes down a little bit. It is very hard to get around, especially on lakes that haven’t been fished. Anglers are reporting both slush and snow drifts on many lakes.
On some lakes there are roads plowed, but for the most part it’s just tough and will remain so until the sun reduces the snow down. The cold weather also has made it tough to survive out there if you don’t have a shack.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:47 PM )
 
Cold temps limit ice fishing last week
By George Langley

There’s really not a lot to talk about when it comes to ice fishing as the weather has been so cold and so foul that few anglers have braved the conditions to go out there.

The additional snow is making getting around difficult on the ice. Thank heavens that February is coming, hopefully with some nicer weather. At this point, we’ll settle for anything above 10 degrees as good weather. This weekend should be better, as the forecast shows the high temperature to be about 14 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

While there is a lot of snow and some slush now,

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:28 PM
 
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
 
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