Lake of the Woods: A Unique Ice Fishing Experience

Ice Fishing. Arguably the most popular winter activity in Minnesota. There are a ton of lakes and rivers to choose from when taking an ice fishing trip, so why choose Lake of the Woods? We headed up to River Bend Resort with the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers to get the full Lake of the Woods ice fishing experience, and we’ll show you why Lake of the Woods is a unique ice fishing destination. It’s more than just fishing. We get pizza delivered right to the fish house, Dan Small compares it to ice fishing in Wisconsin, Greg Jones joins us in the fish house, and we even chat with a family from Florida who made the journey north to do some ice fishing for the very first time.

VIDEO: Lake Trout Insanity

Tazin TV 2022 | Episode 4: Tazin Commandos Part 2: LAKE TROUT INSANITY! Hall of famer Steve Pennaz and Garmin’s Danny Thompson visited Tazin Lake Lodge this summer and smashed giant lakers. They also used Garmin equipment to map lake trout habitat and then used Livescope to locate trout and cast jigs at them. Using the equipment, they could see how the fish were reacting to their baits. Not only did it help them catch fish, they had a blast doing it. Tazin TV is produced by Mikaba Media: Bret Amundson and Dan Amundson.

Niagara River Winter Slam!

The Niagara River Winter Slam Steelhead, Lake Trout, Brown Trout and Walleyes. We traveled across the country to the Niagara River in pursuit of all of these species in two short days of fishing. Bret Amundson and Dan Amundson team up with Frank Campbell, Nick Calandrelli, Richard Brant and a few members of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers to try and get it done. Can they cross all four species off their list?? We’ll show you where on the river we’re fishing, what we’re using and how fun it is!


Spring is starting to show its beauty in the  hills of southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas. The black-and-white landscape of these awe-inspiring forested hills will soon be all dressed out in green. The serviceberry tree will be the first to adorn the Ozarks hills with its white blossoms. Thousands of redbud trees with their purplish-tinged blooms will follow. Everyone’s favorite, the dogwood tree, will soon join the party. 

Spring, in this part of America, is a time of beautiful wildflowers, warm breezes, gentle rains, gobbling turkeys, and hungry fish. Paraphrasing the famous song “The Hills are Alive” in The Sound of Music, sung by Julie Andrews, the hills are alive with the …READ MORE

by Larry Whiteley

At 25-below, it’s nice to keep the outdoors outside

BAUDETTE, Minnesota – Sometimes, the key to enjoying the Great Outdoors, at least when it comes to ice fishing for walleyes on immense, frozen Lake of the Woods on the U.S./Canada border here, is keeping that outdoors, well, outdoors.

Maybe it’s towing a travel-trailer-called-a-wheelhouse that, once on the ice, hunkers down to become an ice shanty. These deluxe portable fishing cabins have price tags like…READ MORE

by Steve Griffin

VIDEO: Niagara River Media Camp with AGLOW


Come for the Falls, stay for the fish!

While Niagara Falls sees 5 to 7 million visitors annually, many anglers know that the famous landmark isn’t the only reason to come to the area. The Niagara River is full of steelhead, lake trout, salmon, walleye, bass, muskie and numerous other hard-fighting fish and all of them have the potential to be trophies.

AGLOW came armed with new X-Trek rods from St Croix ready to do battle with the river’s famous fish. Here’s a peek at how it went.

Special thanks to Frank Campbell from Niagara Falls USA and Josh Lantz from St. Croix Rods. Also, thanks to the guides who took us on the river, Nick Calandrelli from Calandrelli’s Guide Service, Richard Brant from Reelactioncharters, and Joe Marra from Niagara Rainbow Charters.

Matt Crawford, James Proffitt and Megan Plete Postol joined executive director Mark Smith and the AGLOW communications team of Bret Amundson and Dan Amundson on the trip.

Learn more about AGLOW and why it might be a good idea for you to join here:


Travelogue: Heading south for real Florida bass

DeLAND, Fla. — In the last decade or more, Chickamauga Lake out of Chattanooga’s own backdoor has gotten tons of national attention, thanks largely to Tennessee fisheries biologists stocking Florida bass fingerlings. The effort stocking has improved the genetics creating significantly larger largemouth bass in our lake.

However, sometimes all hardcore area anglers desire a dose of TRUE Florida bass. Such was the case for me and Randy Holder last week. A few months ago, we booked our fishing date with guide DJ Williamson through…READ MORE.

by Richard Simms

Bill Hilts Jr.: Walleye a major focus in 2023 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo

If there’s one thing we learned during the Covid pandemic (and continue to learn), it is the important role that the outdoors plays as an escape mechanism.

It is a respite from all the craziness in the world, and a way for families to stay connected with one another. At or near the top of the list is fishing, attracting new anglers to the popular pastime like never before. Maintaining or increasing the level of angling knowledge is not easy. It is time to bring back the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo.

The Expo, one of the top fishing education vehicles in the Great Lakes, has not been held since…READ MORE.

Midwestern winter sporting adventures cure cabin fever

We’ve reached the time of year when sportsmen may start going a little stir crazy. There are plenty of options for outdoor enjoyment, but a comfortable couch, warm fire and good ball game on television have a way of keeping us indoors. It takes strong mental fortitude and real desire to bundle up and beat the cold to venture out into the elements. But when you do, the adventure can be incredible. You have far less company on the water and in the woods.

Ice fishing is a tough activity to beat this time of year, but doesn’t apply to a large portion of the Midwest. You’ll have to head up north for this, but it’s worth the…READ MORE.

Niagara River fishing trip takes on special meaning before the storm

“Hey Bill, a few of us are hitting the lower Niagara River before the storm on Thursday, want to go?”

It was Capt. Ned Librock of Catching Dreams Charters doing the asking, a person who dedicates his serious trips on the water to taking kids with cancer fishing in the spring, summer and fall to provide unimaginable therapy. It helps to surround yourself with good people and he’s a shining example.

The storm he was referring to will be talked about for many years to come, now called the Blizzard of 2022. We didn’t know how bad it would be, but before it even hit, Patrick Hammer, meteorologist for WGRZ (the NBC affiliate out of Buffalo) was already calling it the storm of a generation with feet of snow and wind gusts to over


by Bill Hilts

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