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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. .


Better 2nd weekend expected for anglers

By George Langley

A very unusual opening weekend of fishing will be followed by — anglers hope — a great second weekend.

There really wasn’t much going on last weekend, as most of the lakes were still iced over. A few people even ice-fished on the weekend.

The Chain of Lakes is clearing out of ice this week. Both dams are open and there is a fair amount of current, which helps open up the lakes. Look for many lakes to be open and productive for the second weekend. We could sure use some rain now also, as it is getting dry out there. Lake levels are generally up

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:14 PM
 
River fishing best on opening weekend

By George Langley

What a year so far. None of us have any idea whether the ice is going to be out by this weekend at the time of this writing.

You will not see any more ice fishermen on the ice at this point, as it has gotten quite sloppy and untrustworthy. Only the “nuts” go out at this time. While we have 20-plus inches on some lakes, much of it is quite honeycombed on the top. You will notice it getting darker and darker and some of the ice has gone away from the shorelines. It can go fast, as we found out last year.

What anglers would really like to see

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:55 PM
 
Snow and cold delay ice out on area lakes

By George Langley

The last week was more of the same weatherwise, with snow, rain and very unseasonable cold weather keeping the arrival of spring at bay.

As far as getting rid of the lake ice, nothing was accomplished in the last week. While this is getting frustrating, we all know it has to change some time, doesn’t it? Looking ahead, the long-range forecast is for high temperatures in the 50s Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which means we actually might start seeing some of that black ice on the lakes.

With all the rain the North Woods has had,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:18 PM
 
Anglers still pursuing panfish through ice

By George Langley

Will this winter ever end? We are getting more of the same weather that we have had since January. What a complete change from last year’s weather when we were open water fishing already the last week of March.

This week we have had an increase in the snow cover and certainly no thinning of the ice. It’s beginning to look like the middle of May for the ice going out.

In looking at the 10-day forecast, there is not a lot of relief in sight either. We need sun, more sun and temperatures at least in the 50s to get rid of the ice.

For those opening weekend walleye and

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:40 PM
 
Fishing improving for panfish anglers

By George Langley

Some anglers and guides are starting to question whether or not there will be open water for the game fish opener May 4.

There is still some snow and slush on most lakes, with up to 32 inches of ice underneath and no significant warm-up in the long-term forecast. What a difference from last year when the ice was gone by the end of March!

Perch fishing has been good area wide. These fish will be very active over the next few weeks leading up to the spawn. Ice anglers have reported good perch action on many area lakes using small minnows, wigglers and waxies. Look for these fish to be hanging on the mud

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:58 PM
 
Expect better luck with warmer temps

By George Langley

Winter just keeps hanging around here in the North Woods. While we finally got a little break late last week with a couple of really nice sunny days, snow returned Saturday followed by cold temperatures on Monday.

Those slushy conditions are finally improving as the water has been draining through the cracks and holes in the ice.

While there may be some rough going near the south-facing boat landings, the ice is still very thick with reports of 24 to 32 inches of ice on most lakes.

Perch fishing has been very good areawide. These fish will be very active

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:14 PM
 
Slush, snow hindering lake access for anglers

By George Langley

We are stuck in a rut — pun intended. Slushy conditions have prevailed on most area lakes and below-normal temperatures have prolonged this period of limited mobility for ice anglers.

Most anglers are using snowmobiles to get out on the ice at this time, as there are reports of trucks getting stuck in the slush and snow on some bodies of water.

Anglers are reporting some improvements out there, however, as some of the slush and water is finally disappearing. Hopefully, the forecast holds for warmer weather later this week so those shack-happy anglers can get out

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:28 PM
 
Snow, slush making lake access difficult

By George Langley

What a difference in the weather from last year at this point in March! Last year, we saw temperatures way above average in March and this week the temperature is below average. You may also remember that the ice was off our North Woods lakes last year around March 20.

We have a little different scenario this week with lots of snow and slushy conditions on top of about 2 feet of ice on area lakes. If you are venturing out this week to do some fishing, stick to the well-used trails or take some snowshoes.

The game fish season is closed,

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:09 PM
 
Anglers turn attention to panfish this month

By George Langley

Anglers have now finished the gamefish portion of the ice fishing season with a pretty good run and are limited to panfish for the rest of the hard-water season.

Conditions are a little slushy and it is definitely hard to get around now. These conditions will improve rapidly as it gets warmer and the snow pack recedes on the ice. If you remember, last season the snow went so rapidly that we really didn’t have much of a late ice fishing season to enjoy. Add to that the fact that no one was ready for open water when it came, so we really didn’t get that fun perch fishing after ice-out either.

Let’s hope that we get a normal ice-out period

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:52 PM
 
Panfishing to pick up with warmer temps

By George Langley

As we head toward spring, it is great to hear a North Woods weather forecast which includes the phrase “expected high temperatures in the 30s.”

Very shortly, it will become the best time of the year for ice fishermen and -women, with those beautiful, warm, March afternoons to just enjoy being outside.

Anglers are reminded only one weekend of game fishing remains for walleyes, northerns

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:00 PM
 
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