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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. .

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
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

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