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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. .

Open-water fishing comes to an end

By George Langley

We’ve come to the end of the line for open water fishing for the year. It was a weird season right from the start, as we had open water in mid-March. This early open water seemed to make much of our fishing off base from the get go.

If you’ll remember, we had that very heavy snow right before the warm spell opened the lakes, so we did get the benefit of some higher water for a while. That reversed itself as the summer went on and we ended the year — again — with very low water levels throughout the area. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:26 PM
With warm temps, anglers wait for ice

By George Langley

Just when we neither needed nor wanted warm weather, we are hit with another unseasonal warm front in late November. While it is nice to be out in if you are muskie fishing, it couldn’t be worse for the deer hunters or the ice fishermen.

A lot of anglers are waiting for that first ice, and it looks like it will be — again — well into December this year. We sure could use some good old-fashioned snow and ice at this point. To be honest with you, there’s not a lot to talk about except the gun deer season for the outdoor types. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:12 PM
Cisco spawn expected to help muskie action

The colder temperatures Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 20s, should help muskie anglers as they hunt for trophy fish and the water temperatures drop into the low 40s.

Anglers are reminded the muskie fishing season closes Nov. 30, while the walleye fishing season will continue through the ice, maybe later this month and surely into December and beyond.

The conditions are changing on a daily basis as water temperatures are dropping fast now and we are starting to see the smaller lakes ice up for the winter. The ice on small lakes is not yet safe for fishing, but it sure has gotten anglers thinking about that great pastime called ice fishing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:36 PM
Area muskie anglers waiting for sucker bite

As anglers enter the final phase of fall fishing, they are still blessed with great conditions to get out there for walleyes and muskies.

The conditions are changing on a daily basis as the water temperatures are dropping and we are starting to see the smaller lakes ice up for the winter. The ice on small lakes is not yet safe for fishing, but it sure has gotten guys and gals thinking about that great pastime called ice fishing.  In the absence of real warm weather, it looks like sportsmen and women might be able to both deer hunt and ice fish by Thanksgiving. Let’s hope.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:38 PM
Muskie action better as water temps drop

By George Langley

Much colder weather has added some spice to the fall muskie fishing, as the water temperatures are now down to the low 40s on most lakes. This is considered to be the magic water temperature for trophy muskie fishing by most experienced anglers.

Anglers are looking for a good ending to the  muskie fishing season after a somewhat slow start. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:06 PM
Muskie anglers waiting for better fall fishing

By George Langley

As we slip ever further toward winter, the fall fishing on North Woods lakes is proceeding in vastly different directions. The walleye fishing has been spectacular, but the muskie fishing has been slow in developing for some reason.

Water temperatures are now down in the 40s pretty much everywhere and a mid-level warming spell won’t change anything. This is much different from last fall, when we had one warm spell after another throughout the whole fall period.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:45 PM
Cold, wet weather slows fishing here

By George Langley

Continued cold and wet weather has made fishing tough for fall walleye and muskie anglers, but there was really no real water in all that mist from the weekend so water levels remain low.

The North Woods has had a lot of wind for the last several weeks — enough to keep the walleye anglers from getting out in the deeper water. Hopefully, things will settle down as we get later into fall and get better conditions for anglers.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:14 PM
Good walleye numbers hitting in deep holes

By George Langley

What a blast of wind that was last weekend. It stripped the leaves from the trees completely, so we felt we went from mid-fall to late fall in two days.

The effect of the cold and wind also caused the annual fall turnover on most lakes to finish its disruption and dropped those water temperatures into the 40s in many cases. As always, the smaller lakes will have a quicker temperature drop than the large deep lakes. Lakes are still quite low, so take a look at landings before you commit to a weekend of fishing on certain lakes, and be prepared to move around to avoid turnover on the larger lakes.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 3:00 PM
Fall color change adds to time on water

By George Langley

What beautiful color we’ve been having the pleasure of seeing in the last week or so. It sure adds to our fall fishing — to be treated to this scenery while getting after walleye or muskie at this time of year.

The lakes are really low again, with very little rain in the last six weeks. Some boat landings have again become unusable. The North Woods could really use an old-fashioned “gully washer,” even though it would be miserable during the storm.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 6:26 PM
Water levels still low on many area lakes

Even with six straight days of rainy weather last week, water levels remain low and it will stay that way in the absence of much-needed precipitation this fall.

In general, with the ever-changing weather patterns, the fish have been moving around a lot. Even with the warmer weather expected this week, it’ll be cold in the mornings, so dress accordingly. It’s always colder on the water.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:53 PM

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