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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. .

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
It’s time to start those fall patterns


By George Langley
The North Woods is in the full fall period of transition at this point, with some color starting on the landscape and the lake water temperatures again dropping.

Water levels are really low again, and it will stay that way in the absence of much-needed precipitation for the rest of the fall. In general, the fish have been moving around a lot, so patterns are difficult to understand.

With some overnight freezing, there is no insect problem anywhere and it can get really pleasant on some of these sunny days. Let’s enjoy it while we can. Even with some warmer weather, it’ll be cold in the mornings if you go fishing. Dress accordingly.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:27 PM
Fishing to improve as temperatures drop

By George Langley

Autumn is definitely upon the North Woods and many anglers welcome these cooler morning and daytime temperatures. This is a great time of year for hunters and anglers, with many options for outdoor activities.

Early goose and bear seasons have been productive for some area hunters, and bow hunters are getting anxious for the archery deer season to open this weekend. Fishing has been somewhat inconsistent, but we will start to see fish entering their fall patterns now with the change in weather and cooling water temperature.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:39 PM
As the weeds die off, walleyes will head deep

By George Langley

Fall is in the air.  The lakes now have falling water temperatures (again) and it is starting to look like fall with the trees starting to change color along the roadsides and the ferns dying off. This is a great time of the year for fishing.
Water temperatures are back down to the high 60s and low 70s in the area, and falling. Weeds are also dying in the shallows in many lakes.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 3:31 PM
Fishing to improve when temps drop

By George Langley

The warmer is not affecting the fishing at this point. We just hope that we don’t get anything up in the 90s.
Water temperatures for the most part are in the high 60s or low 70s throughout the area. This is about normal for this time of year. The weeds have started to die off in the shallows and water levels have been receding with pretty dry weather. We are starting to see some fall color and brown ferns along the roads where it is drier.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:31 PM
Fishing to improve with stable temps
By George Langley

The North Woods continues to have unusual weather, as it has been quite cool for this time of year. Does this mean an early fall or is Mother Nature fooling with us again?
Unusual weather brings unusual fishing, and we’ve had a quite unusual year so far. Most reports from the last week show anglers having a pretty tough time out there.
Lake levels are better than at this time for the last several years. Water temperatures are in the low 70s and even high 60s on some of the smaller lakes. Usually in August, the temperatures are at or near their high for the year, but not this year.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 3:22 PM

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