Another Season

A Message From Tom: It’s hard to believe, but as this winter of 2013-2014 comes to a close, so does yet another season of Tom Gruenwald Outdoors. The progression of TGO has been nothing short of staggering.  It’s hard to believe we’ve already completed filming three full seasons of TGO—over 39 episodes—where, as our dedicated […]

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MORE JUMBO PERCH THRU THE ICE

Well yesterday, we enjoyed another fine day on the hardwater chasing yellow perch on Lake Simcoe … undoubtedly one of the finest perch fisheries in all of North America. Today was remarkably similar to last weekend when my son Izaak and I took home about 15 jumbos for about three hours of fishing. Unlike last […]

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FAMILY ICE FISHING; A BEGINNERS GUIDE – By Wil Wegman

Regardless of the realms of climate change, winters with sub-par temps in the northern United States and throughout most of Canada are here to stay in one way or another!  And, despite a global economic downturn that has not eluded residents of both great countries – people still love to have fun in the outdoors […]

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CLASSIC LATE ICE ACTION

Late ice. For me, this is truly a time of mixed emotions.  I love the feel of warming sunlight on my face, the ability to fish without having to wear gloves–at times, perhaps, not even a jacket…and often the increasingly aggressive nature of fish as temperatures rise certainly adds to the thrill. At the same time, […]

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GITCHEE GUMEE BLISS

Lake Superior is big, deep and cold. Native Americans called it “Gitchee Gumee” which means Big Water. Every time I set foot on Lake Superior, this Native American name rings through my head…

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DAKOTA COUNTRY PIKE

If you’re a serious ice angler and interested in hearing news about hot bites—I’ve got one to share! For the last two winters, we’ve taken a few days to ice fish in South Dakota.  While the tremendous fishing there might not exactly be a secret–I think most anglers have heard about the exploding perch action […]

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WIND POWER ON ICE

It’s no secret:  One of my favorite ways to spend time is tip-up fishing.  I love the anticipation of setting a series of tip-ups along the edge of prime structures or scattering them across a productive flat searching for fish.  Either way, to me, seeing a flag trip is positively one of fishing’s most exciting […]

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TAKIN’ ON LA PLONGE

I’ve found I can be moody.  One day I’m in a bluegill mood…the next a pike, then a crappie or walleye. Right now, I’m thinking lake trout.  So when my cell phone rings and the name appearing on the screen is Steve Bunka, it’s very much a welcomed call.  Steve’s an HT pro staffer from […]

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Liftin’ Barbels

No, this is not another get fit promotion. Our topic certainly involves lifting weights, but it might take awhile to tone your biceps, because we’re talking lifting barbels, not barbells.  That’s right, barbels–as in the rubbery “whiskers” you’ll find extending outside the mouth of the common carp. You may find it odd we’re bringing up […]

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Ice Rescue

I’m typically careful and consequently, quite comfortable on the ice. Right now, however, conditions are changing rapidly, and I’m overcome with an uneasy chill. “This ice is definitely not safe,” I shout over the roar of the air boat engine.

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My Favorite Species to Catch through the Ice: Steelhead

I know that in the spring there are a lot of die hard steelhead fishermen and women.  Who doesn’t enjoy wading through the icy waters in April and hooking into a beautiful lake run rainbow trout/steelhead.  I know I sure love it!  But why wait until April, when you can also catch these beautiful powerhouses […]

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My First Time “Bobbing”

Bobbing for Lake Trout between Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands is an adventure of a lifetime.  Bobbing is a term used by the locals for deep water jigging.  Historically this has been known as a man’s sport.  Not many women, if any, would take the journey over variable and ever-changing ice conditions over 200+ feet of […]

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Windlass Tip Ups

Standard rigging doesn’t vary much from any other tip-up.  Simply spool with your favorite braided tip-up line—always spun so the line comes off the top of the spool.  Tip your backing with a ball bearing barrel swivel to attach a leader–usually low-visibility, light monofilament or fluorocarbon for smaller or wary fish; heavier monofilament for mid-sized […]

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New Year’s Ice Fishing Trip – Adapting For Extreme Winter Weather

When my buddy Gerry Heels and I began our ice fishing trip over New Years 2014 up to his camp in a remote section of Northern Ontario, we realized it wouldn’t be a cakewalk. At a very remote location 1 ½ hours north of Sudbury and accessible only by train during winter months, we knew […]

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Ten Marmooska Dancer Tips

HT’s Marmooska Dancer is a completely unique designed created by TGO host Tom Gruenwald. Besides offering premium components, HT’s Marmooska Dancer offers several select presentation advantages, and here are Tom’s Top Ten! 1.  The Dancer’s heavy, bullet shaped tungsten body drops quickly to the desired depth, even when fishing deep or through vegetation or other […]

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10 Easy Ways to Ice Fish

  Mobility is a key component to successful ice fishing. In open water seasons we never anchor and sit in one spot all day so why on ice? Be mobile, be active. Don’t wait for the fish to come to you, GO TO THEM! A Small snowmobile or ATV will do the trick.   Ice […]

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Ice Fishing Canada: Freshwater

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