ALASKA: THE RUSH IS ON!

George Krumm and Tom Gruenwald at Lake Louise Lodge. A sleet filled March morning in Wasilla. I, along with George Krumm of Fish Alaska Magazine and TGO videographer Sean Casper,…

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DEVIL’S LAKE OUTCAST

Devils Lake, North Dakota. Among ice anglers, this is a destination of legendary caliber, and for good reason. The yellow perch fishery is exceptional, walleye population strong, and while more…

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Black Hills Gold

When most people think about South Dakota’s Black Hills, preconceived images might come to mind: The faces of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, quaint communities such as Hill City, Lead,…

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SUPERIOR ICE ACTION

It’s late January, 2015. TGO videographer Sean Casper and I are driving east on highway 2 across Minnesota, heading back to Wisconsin after spending a couple days filming in Devils…

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“LOBSTER CLAW” MITTS

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Over the years, I’ve been surprised how many TGO viewers have contacted me about the camo “lobster claw” mitts I often wear while filming. There are those who’d like to give them a try and want to know where they’re available, some who are already using them and simply looking for a second pair, while…

EMERGENCY HEAT SOURCES

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Even on the most carefully planned ice fishing adventures, things can happen. A person never plans to get excessively cold, wet or break through the ice, but these are inherent risks taken each time we venture onto frozen water—and something that recently happened to our good friend Zach, who broke through ice while negotiating his…

SOMETIMES IT PAYS TO STAY SINGLE

When it comes to tip-up rigging, some say treble, some say single. A few stalwarts will remain neutral and claim neither is really right or wrong. As a whole, they’ll say, it comes down to personal preference–and there is truth to that sentiment. But let’s review some benefits of staying single. First, from a common…

ICE MUSKY ADVENTURE

The last two winters we have been very fortunate in Northern Wisconsin to have cold temperatures arrive early, meaning we have lakes froze up before the end of November. Now for some, this may not seem fortunate….but for those of us that dream of ice fishing year round, it is fortunate! My husband and I…

THIRD TRIMESTER ICE FISHING…

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Some of you may have been there a time or two… Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you love. Last winter I was pregnant with my husband’s and my first child. We were both a little hesitant on what I would be capable of doing because I was…

ICE TIP FROM TOM: STAY HYDRATED!

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Remaining warm on the ice involves various components–and some often overlooked principles. One of these is proper hydration. Cold, dry environs continually work against the body. In its worst form, dehydration may have dire health consequences. On another level–one many anglers might not even be aware of–not staying adequately hydrated also makes it difficult to…