South Dakota Polar Vortex

We’re in South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes region…and I can’t imagine the weather was all that different when these lakes were initially formed than it is right now. A lonely, powerful…

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Electronics Evolution, Part 1: Sonar

Tom prepares for his interview with Vexilar’s Steve Baumann. Sonar has become an integral part of any modern ice fishing strategy—few serious ice anglers, including myself, would even consider stepping…

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EXTRA: Interview with Vexilar’s Steve Baumann

S3 Ep35 Electronics Evolution Part 1 Sonar

I was honored to have the privilege to speak with Steve Baumann, one of the founding fathers of Vexilar Marine Electronics, and interview him for our thirty-fifth episode of TGO, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors.  Although we ended up with far more content than could be used within our final cut, I wanted to allow an opportunity…

Walking on Water

Walking on Water

Ice fishing has quickly become one of the fastest growing participant sports in North America, and for good reason. Swift modern snowmobiles with heated seats and handles, powerful four wheel drive four wheelers and tracked vehicles with all the comforts of home carry anglers conveniently and comfortably to even the most remote locations–regardless of the…

Kalispell, Montana Trip Winner Announced!!

TGOKalispellContest_Winner

The big moment has finally arrived!  The winner of the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau destination sweepstakes is Nancy Suthers of Monroe, Wisconsin!  Nancy has selected Jim Fenton to accompany her on this exciting trip. Nancy and Jim will be flown to Kalispell, where they will enjoy a truly once in a lifetime trip, including…

White Wedding: Marriage on the Ice

Lacey and Aron Kastern

The Kastern’s Big Day…. With Lots of Ice and big Lake Trout! Who says you can’t go ice fishing and have your wedding ceremony at the same time? Well when my husband and I decided that is what we were going to do for our March 2014 wedding, we were told that by a lot…

2014: The Year in Review

S3 Ep38 People Livin' in Competition Perch Assault

Despite the extreme temperatures brought by the infamous 2014 Polar Vortex, our 2014 season began with a resounding success.  We shot 13 all new episodes while traveling throughout the North American ice fishing belt, catching whitefish, walleye and pike in Saskatchewan, chain pickerel in Vermont, crappies in South Dakota, kokanee salmon and lake trout in…

Fan of Steel

S3 Ep 39 Fan of Steel Automatic Fisherman

I’ve expressed this before, so it’s certainly no secret: One of my favorite places to ice fish is the Great Lakes. The combination of diverse fisheries and legitimate chance for truly giant fish provide an air of excitement that’s difficult to match. Yet all too often, the trick is finding accessible ice. Not all portions…