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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 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
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

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