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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 activity slows with colder temps
By George Langley

It can’t get much colder than this. The extreme winter cold this week, with high temperatures below zero on Monday and Tuesday, kept most ice fishermen and snow enthusiasts indoors. According to the weather forecasters, better weather is on the way later this week. Boy, will it be welcome!

The North Woods has absolutely great snow and ice conditions. Now if it’ll just get a little warmer. Teens would be perfect.

Lakes have 10 to 15 inches of really nice ice out there and not many lakes have slush.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:56 AM
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
Lakes open up again with rain and wind
By George Langley

Once again, a warm front, rain and high winds interrupted ice development and the lakes opened up again.

This pretty much dashed the hopes of hunters who like to both hunt and fish on opening day of the gun deer season. This year’s opener is this Saturday, Nov. 23. Now if we can only get some snow for the hunters.

With colder weather in the forecast,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:52 PM
Open water fishing winding down in North
By George Langley

With temperatures dropping into the teens this week, this is just about it for the open water fishing for this year. This week’s cold weather will certainly start closing up some of the lakes to open water fishing.

In the absence of a warm front (and we can’t take anything for granted when it comes to the weather) there could be some ice fishing by deer season. Deer season is late this year, starting Nov. 23. We might find some guys deer hunting during the daytime and ice fishing for early walleye at night.

Water temperatures are now down in the low 40s and even in the 30s

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:03 AM
Action picking up for muskie anglers
By George Langley

The North Woods is moving into the late fall period as the water temperatures have fallen and are now in the lower 40s on many lakes.

This is the time for serious muskie hunters and a few very serious and experienced walleye fishermen. If it’s not too cold, it’s a great time to be on the water. Lake levels, on most water bodies, are nice and high; better than they have been in years.

Weeds are down on all lakes, except for those tough coontail and cabbage weeds that stay green nearly all year on some lakes. The edges, right off the weeds, are still holding fish.

Muskie action has been great in the last week or so.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:00 PM
Colder weather helping walleye, muskie anglers

By George Langley

Looking at the temperatures and weathers patterns, we are now entering the late fall period and things are looking good for the late fall anglers.

Water levels are much better than last year, and the water temperatures have now fallen into the 40s on most lakes. Turnover is finished, although some lakes are taking longer than normal to get cleaned up from that process. Anglers will soon be blessed with gin-clear water on all lakes.

The leaves of course are mostly gone now, giving hunters good fields of vision in the woods.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:16 AM

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