Call of the Wild: Minnesotan’s Journey to Conservation Chronicled in Toyota-Sponsored Film

Six years ago, Keng Yang didn’t give much thought to the outdoors, even though his father had long used hunting as a source of food in his native Laos and now rural Minnesota.  This all changed when Keng acquired a hunting dog, named Kaiya, bridging the generational divide between a father and his American-born son, and forging a newfound appreciation for the natural world.

Keng’s tale has been chronicled in a 16-minute short film, “Kaiya,” which recently launched publicly and virally through Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, a non-profit wildlife habitat conservation organization based in Saint Paul.  The film was directed by fellow Minnesotan…READ MORE.

VIDEO: Sight Fishing Big Pike

Tazin TV 2022 | Episode 5: Seeing is Believing

We’re sight fishing big pike! Bret and Dan Amundson get in the boat with Steve Pennaz from Lake Commandos, Danny Thompson from Garmin, The Technological Angler Jason Halfen and Dena Vick from King Eider Communications and head out in search of Tazin’s big northern pike. We’re armed with polarized Ocean Wave Sunglasses which help us spot toothy critters in Tazin’s crystal clear water.

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.

How To Ice Fish For Sturgeon

On this week’s show, Bret Amundson, Dan Amundson and David Eckhardt learn how to ice fish for sturgeon. Darren Troseth joins the show to teach us how to ice fish for sturgeon. He talks about his state record sturgeon, catching flathead catfish, and more. Bret also talks about some bills introduced this week regarding wolf hunting, and Joe Henry joins us from the capitol building in Saint Paul. Why? He tells us. 

The More They Know, the More They Catch 

Ask pro anglers about the keys to catching more and bigger walleyes and each have unique tips to share. One point all will make, however, is that knowing your quarry is always the starting point.

That’s exactly why parents, teachers and kids should check out the peer-to-peer format videos offered by the non-profit Future Angler Foundation (FAF), in conjunction with Into The Outdoors Education Network. Designed to help youth more easily enter the ranks of active boaters and anglers, the video library features free educational fishing and boating safety videos designed to capture the imagination of elementary, middle-school, and high school youth. Many of the 100-plus titles in this…READ MORE.

VIDEO: Fishing the Red Lake Nation and plants that could absorb road salts.

When anglers think of Red Lake, walleye fishing on Upper and Lower Red Lake first comes to mind. However, the Red Lake Nation is home to 40 secluded lakes full of other species such as bass, crappies and bluegills. Guide Darwin Sumner frequently fishes for bass and panfish on small lakes within the reservation. In “Red Lake Fishing,”

Salt that makes roads safer when they’re icy in the winter is also toxic to our waterways. When sodium chloride seeps into groundwater and makes its way into lakes and streams, it harms fish and other aquatic life. “Sopping Up Road Salt” features University of Minnesota researchers evaluating plants that could absorb salt from soil and wetlands.

Finally, the “Fast Forage” segment examines acorns, which can be foraged all year long. #PrairieSportsman #PioneerPBS #Minnesota

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:


Dan Small Talks Ice Fishing at Lake of the Woods with AGLOW.

Longtime TV and radio host Dan Small joined us at Lake of the Woods with the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers last week, and it was actually his first time ever ice fishing Lake of the Woods. He tells us what he thinks of the whole experience and how it compares to other lakes he’s ice fished. Dan also talks about why he loves the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers and how he’s been a member for a long time.

Video for Young Boaters Covers Life Jacket Purpose, Design and Use

Designed to help youth more easily enter the ranks of active boaters and anglers, the non-profit Future Angler Foundation (FAF), in conjunction with Into The Outdoors Education Network, offers a series of free educational fishing and boating safety videos designed to capture the imagination of elementary, middle-school, and high school youth. “How Life Jackets Save You” reinforces the importance of wearing life jackets both on the water and around the dock.

Follow along as co-hosts, Zach and CB explore how personal floatation devices (PFDs) are designed, work, fit, and should be…READ MORE.

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