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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
Colder temperatures will help fall fishing
By George Langley

Outdoors people are enjoying the slide into fall, however, this roller coaster effect of warm and cold fronts makes it difficult for all sportsmen and -women to plan fishing or hunting trips.

For hunting or fishing, from this point forward, the colder the better.

Anglers are seeing the beginning of turnover (not final turnover) on many area lakes. What has happened is that the cold nights have reduced the surface temperatures enough to generate some turning of water. This green look will now stay on these lakes until it gets cold enough to allow these lakes to clean

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:14 PM
Transition begins into fall fishing
By George Langley

What an interesting transition period it will be for the next several weeks, as we go from summer’s high temperatures to fall’s dropping water temperatures and color. Many of us cherish our fall fishing more than any other time of year.

Lake water levels are good — much better than last year at this time. The North Woods has had enough rain to make a difference, which is certainly good news for all anglers and boaters.

Water temperatures are again on the decline and will soon be heading toward the low 60s and even 50s. Anglers hope for a consistent decline into the 50s and  really don’t want to see any more of those hard warm fronts. From this point forward, warming

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:22 PM
Warmer temps to test anglers this weekend
By George Langley

Here we go, back into mid-summer weather conditions with heat and humidity. Expect the water temperatures to rise quickly with the high air temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s last weekend.

We’ll probably see a lot of people this weekend enjoying water sports one last time for the summer, so it will be busy out there on Labor Day weekend.

It’s hard to predict what the overall effect of this hot weather will have on the fishing. In general, warm fronts in the fall are not good for the fishing.

Even with the recent warmth, weeds have started dying

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:53 PM
Warmer weather expected to stabilize fishing patterns

Warmer weather is again making an appearance in the North Woods this week — and not a moment too soon for anglers.
The unusual cool weather in August has made it hard to judge the fishing patterns, as the fish didn’t know whether it was fall or summer.
The water temperatures will quickly go back up several degrees with this warming and then we can hope for a normal fall with a long, slow decline in those water temperatures throughout the fall. That is what brings the great muskie and

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:05 PM
Some fish starting an early fall pattern
By George Langley

The continued cool weather has dropped the water temperatures down to an early September level and apparently has the fish thinking fall.

This weather, while pleasant to be outdoors, is bad for anglers. We are destined to pay for this with hot weather in the fall, when we really need cooler weather for fishing and hunting. Oh well, we haven’t had “normal” weather all year.

Walleye fishing is pretty good,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:02 PM

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