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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. .

Mid-summer patterns take over on area lakes
By George Langley

Midsummer conditions are here, with that great morning and evening fishing that goes along with the comfortable temperatures at that time of day.

There is a lot of boat traffic on the lakes in July and the sun is still very high, so fish are deep in the weeds or in deep water during the daytime.

The North Woods has been a little dry for the last week or so, but overall the lake levels are higher than last year. With the rain have come lake flies and mosquitoes, so take repellant along.

Weed growth is good, with most weeds right

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 6:00 PM
Mornings, evenings best as lake activity increases
By George Langley

With higher water temperatures and heavy boating traffic, North Woods lakes are now in mid-summer fishing patterns.

Weeds are now up to the top of the water on most lakes, and water temperatures are in the 70s and even low 80s in the afternoons on some lakes. With the long days and warmer weather, many anglers have taken to fishing in the early mornings and evenings to avoid the boating traffic. This is a pretty good plan, as the fishing is much better during those hours.

Walleye fishing has been good, especially during

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:08 PM
Lakes will be busy, but fish are active
By George Langley

The Fourth of July week is traditionally very hot and the fishing is OK, but not great, due to the summer fishing patterns and activity on the water.

This week should be nicer, with some sun and temperatures projected to be in the 70s or low 80s. That is great for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. Fishing will be comfortable and good, with a lot of action expected in the weeds on all lakes.

Water levels are higher than they were last year as the North Woods

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:54 PM
Fishing improves with warmer temps
By George Langley

The North Woods is finally getting some summer-type warmth for more than a day or so. This is great news as far as getting those water temperatures up to normal after a late spring, get us through the mayfly hatch and into summer patterns for all fish.

Lake levels are much improved over last year, and weeds are now getting up to provide good cover throughout the area. Be aware that the bugs are out in full force because of all the rain, so take repellent with you when fishing or hiking. We haven’t seen the lake flies yet,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:31 PM
Warmer temperatures means better fishing
By George Langley

Summer may have finally arrived here in the North Woods. Hopefully, we can keep this warm weather around and leave our memories of a miserable spring behind us.

The warming water temperatures have dramatically improved fishing for many species over the past few days.

Muskie fishing has been improving a little as these fish are now mostly recovered from a late spawning season. The action will continue to improve as the water warms up and the increased metabolic rates will force the muskies to feed more aggressively. Anglers are seeing many fish and catching a few now, mostly

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:43 PM
Warmer temps arrive as bass opener nears
By George Langley

Looks like we are finally getting a taste of summer this week in the North Woods with warmer temperatures and humid weather.

The warmer weather is just in time for the bass opener, as the season opens this Saturday, June 15. It has been a catch-and-release-only season to this point.

Warming water temperatures are improving the fishing dramatically over what we’ve seen so far this season. We have been getting some very good “mixed bag” action on area lakes and we look for this trend to continue over the next couple of weeks.

Muskie action is finally improving. These fish have recovered

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:42 PM
Some warmer temps would help the fishing

Last weekend’s nasty little cold front kept the bass from coming in the shallows and completing their spawn, as the water temperatures went down significantly.
This is getting old, as anglers need some consistent warming weather to improve fishing. At some point, the fish that are getting run off of their spawning activities by declining water temperatures are just not going to spawn.
The North Woods has had a lot of rain lately, and this precipitation is helping keep water levels up nicely compared to last year. Weeds are developing pretty well in the area despite the cold water temperatures, so fish are using these new green weeds.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 7:56 PM
Walleyes starting to hit in new green weeds
By George Langley

The annoying cold fronts that have been the dominant story of this spring are not as common now. The water temperatures are now firmly in the 60s by the afternoon and some lakes are in the 70s in the bays. This is great for the crappie spawn.

Water levels are starting out higher than last year, and more rain will help the drainage lakes achieve some better levels. The Rainbow Flowage is fuller than it has been for several years.

Be ready for the bugs. As it gets warmer they will be out in force with the wetter weather. Ticks are already here, so check your skin out in the evenings if you have been in the woods or doing yard work.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good,

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:16 PM
Crappies and muskies get top billing this week

By George Langley

It’s going to be a great week, folks, from a fishing standpoint. The water is warming up nicely now and on the Chain the crappies have started their spawn.

Muskie season will open this Saturday, May 25, throughout the area. Should you see these fish right on the shorelines, let them be as they are in mid-spawn. We’ve had some unfortunate reports of guys snagging some fish. If you see this, call the Department of Natural Resources immediately.

The big news is crappies are on their spawning run and in the shallows on most lakes. The crappie

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:42 PM
Warmer temperatures should help fishing

By George Langley

The North Woods was again faced with cold weather right through last weekend, which kept the number of fishermen down.

But warm weather forecast for this week will help all anglers as they are still trying to find some strong spring patterns for walleyes.

Lake levels are much better this year with all the rain and snow we have had, but the water temperatures are still pretty cold out there. They were at best in the low to mid-40s through the weekend.

The predicted warmer weather this week will be great for all our spawning fish (perch and walleyes)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:31 PM

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