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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. .

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
Cooler temperatures changing fish patterns
By George Langley

With the cooler temperatures and north wind last weekend it felt more like a normal first week of September. Here’s hoping we don’t pay for this comfortable weather with hot stuff in September, when we really don’t want it.

Weeds are now starting to die off in the shallows on many lakes, which is normal for this time of year. The deeper the weeds, the greener they stay up here.

Water temperatures are dropping to the very low category for this time of year. On some lakes, they are now in the 60s. This is very unusual and will have an effect on the fishing if they go up again.

Walleye fishing is decent, with good

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:52 PM
Fishing still good, even with cold front
By George Langley

What a September-like cold front that was last weekend. But the surprising part of the cold front was that it didn’t seem to have a big effect on the fishing.

The North Woods received some much-needed rain last week. Lake levels are good compared to last year, but water temperatures have taken a dive down to the low 70s.

Those planning a day on the water are reminded to take some insect repellent along, as the lake flies and  mosquitoes at boat landings can be a bother. Otherwise, conditions are great at this time of year with the slightly cooler water temperatures. The days

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:17 PM
Cooler tempertures help anglers’ comfort
By George Langley

The cooler weather certainly has helped the fishing comfort out there. This is not typical for this time of year, especially after the overly warm and humid weather the North Woods had for the last several weeks.

Water temperatures have actually cooled a little. The North Woods probably will get more of that hot stuff in a few weeks, so enjoy this while it’s here.

Weeds are right up to the top of the water as they usually are at this time. Flies and mosquitoes are abundant, so take some insect repellant along. Some anglers noticed that the days are starting to get shorter already?

Walleyes are hitting very well for this time of summer. Of course, evenings

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:36 PM
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

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