Midwest Writers Experience Ice Fishing First Hand in Grand Rapids, Minnesota

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Tourism specialists at “Visit Grand Rapids” sponsored the February 20-24, 2012 gathering of Midwest writers in conjunction with Frabill and Marcum Technologies. A dozen writers, representing hundreds of radio, TV, print, social media and web-based publications arrived in Grand Rapids to highlight the ice fishing opportunities available in the area.

Drilling Holes Through The Ice!

“It just does not get any better tasting or any fresher than being served the fish we had caught within hours of having hauled them out of the icy waters of the lake!”

Tourism specialists at “Visit Grand Rapids” sponsored the February 20-24, 2012 gathering of Midwest writers in conjunction with Frabill and Marcum Technologies. A dozen writers, representing hundreds of radio, TV, print, social media and web-based publications arrived in Grand Rapids to highlight the ice fishing opportunities available in the area.

Among those publications represented by the writers were; Fish Game Finder, FishonIce.com, LandBigFish.com, FishingMinnesota.com, Midwest Outdoors, IDoFishing.com, Illinois Outdoors, Inc., In Fisherman, SmallWatersFishing.com, Wired 2 Fish, Inc., Wolf Pack Adventures, Fishing & Outdoor Radio Show, Frabill, Marcum Technologies, Jim Edlund Outdoors, and Bassmaster Magazine.

The group checked in to their accommodations at the White Oak Inn & Suites just ahead of a snowstorm tracking into the state from the west. The evening began with a northwoods feast at the Outpost Bar & Grill where writers and sponsors renewed friendships and made plans for their upcoming adventures on the area lakes.

Morning revealed a fresh 8+ inch snowfall that blanketed the fields and forests with a wintery glow. The lakes were also covered with the thick blanket of white but this did not present a problem for local guide, Jeff Sundin. He led the group of writers-turned-fishermen onto Bowstring Lake where they were able to haul in some nice perch, crappies and tullibies from beneath more than two feet of ice.

In the true sprit of Northern Minnesota hospitality, the folks at the Gosh Dam Place in Deer River prepared a celebration of the successful ice fishing outing for the group by serving them a delicious dinner cooked with the fresh fish they had brought in. “It just does not get any better tasting or any fresher than being served the fish we had caught within hours of having hauled them out of the icy waters of the lake!”

Several of the Midwest writers remarked about the beauty, solitude and winter wonderland that surrounded them in the Grand Rapids area, along with the warm hospitality that made the experience so memorable. The fresh snow provided some excellent filming opportunities for the crews as the group broke into smaller segments for further Minnesota fishing expeditions onto Lake Winnibigosh, Lake Pokegama, Bowstring Lake and some of the smaller lakes in the area (of which there are many!)    

Community volunteers, Steve and Barb Arbour assisted in providing more delectable meals with a distinct Minnesota flavor. On the final evening of the trip, hosted by the Saw Mill Inn of Grand Rapids, the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show was broadcast from the lobby followed by a banquet where the writers and pros staff shared their experiences.

The group finished up their four day visit filled with enthusiasm for the Grand Rapids area and eager to highlight their adventures for their audiences throughout the Midwest.

The Grand Rapids area is well known for the fishing and hunting opportunities that exist in this northern Minnesota community. Four seasons of the year this location provides an abundance of activities for a wide variety of interests with a heavy emphasis on enjoyment of the great outdoors. Fishing, watersports, golf, hiking, bird and wildlife watching, biking, and snowmobiling are just some of the ways to have a “Grand” time in Grand Rapids.

For more information on Minnesota vacations to Grand Rapids, including lodging, dining, group gatherings and things to do and see, visit the “http://www.VisitGrandRapids.com” website, or call the Visit Grand Rapids headquarters at 218-326-9607 where the knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and assist with your planning. In addition, “Like” Grand Rapids Minnesota on Facebook to receive updates and news of current events in Grand Rapids.

The visiting writers agreed that the local motto “Visit Grand Rapids – It’s in Minnesota’s Nature!” is the perfect description of what Grand Rapids is all about. The natural beauty and surroundings of this northern Minnesota community are integral to its character and the residents are delighted to share the bounty of this incredible natural environment!

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