Seasoning Your New or Old Cast Iron

Seasoning your cast ironThere might be a few people who will receive or give cast iron cookware for Christmas presents. Plus, aside from those who cook year-round with cast iron, many people are putting their Dutch Ovens, etc., away for the winter.  We thought it would be a good time to revisit how to maintain your cast iron, so we asked our Camping Department experts for some tips.

Prepare cast iron for use is called seasoning. Most manufacturers sell pre-seasoned cast iron, but not all. The package should tell you. By the way, Lodge, a very popular brand, is the only non-enamel "Made in the USA" manufacturer.

The best practice is to have designated pans for different cooking and to circulate use.

There are some tell-tale signs that it's time to reseason your cast iron:

  • Food sticking on bottom
  • Food not moving freely
  • There should have a shine to the pan
  • Rust

To season a new pan:

  • First, heat the pan in an oven at 400 for about five minutes. The warmth loosens up the pores of the skillet.
  • Using a liquid vegetable oil  – no olive oils or solid shortening - wipe the cast iron piece, inside and out, including the handle.
  • When you think you’ve got all the oil out of the paper towel...take another paper towel and do it all over again.
  • Bake the oil-coated skillet in the oven upside down, so there’s no pooling in the bottom of the skillet – 400 degrees for  one hour.
  • Cool in oven


What about rust?

Surface rust

  • Make a 50/50 vinegar water solution.
  • Spray on the rust area and then rub off with paper towel.
  • Dry completely.
  • Apply oil like when seasoning.
  • Bake again.  Even if it’s just one little spot, do this complete process.

If the cast iron is pitted, you will need to use steel wool and go deeper.


Remember - Cast iron is only as good as the care it receives. Always put it away dry and it’s okay to season once a year, even if you don’t think it needs it. Just adds to the protection factor even more.

Enjoy and happy cooking!



Last, Last Batch of Letters!

Dear Santa:

For Christmas I want Barbies, barbie dream house, clothes, PJs, Twinkle to return. That's mainly it.

PS: Twinkle did not move last night and how I know that is because she is in the same exact place she is in that she was in yesterday. So I do not know what is going on.

Sincerely, Jasmyn

I will not be here on Christmas Eve. Bring my present on Christmas night. What I want for Christmas is a real bow and arrow. I love you.



I want all the kittens in the world to be happy and a zoomie robot dog. Please get all my cousins, friends and family good presents, too. Thanks!



I hope you a merry Christmas, too. You are such a nice guy. I really like what you give me every year. I really, really, like what you give me.



How are you doing? How many elves fo you have? How do you dliver present in one night? This year I would to have an elf on my shelf. Could I also have a bunny or a kitty, too?  I deserve them because I have always been believing in you!



My halo is crooked a little. Can you please say "hi" to the elves for me? I want a I-pod cover. Good luck! Any new reindeer?



Last but not least - Greydon, cuts to the chase:

I have been good. I want a bat cave.





One More Batch of Letters to Santa

I would like a Lego Death Star. It is the big one with 3,003 pieces. Thanks and let my family have a happy Christmas. Thanks.
PS: Have a good night sleep!

Your friend, William

I want you to be happy when delivering presents and I hope you get a present to have a good year.  Get my dad whatever he wants and what my mom wants. Let John be with Carly and him get presents to.


PS: Give Will his present even though he was bad.  Are there elves or owls working in your workshop.

How are the reindeers? Do you have Rudolph? (yes or no) Merry Christmas!  I like you. I like Christmas, too. Do you? (yes or no)  Are reindeer real? It looks like you are real. My reindeer has camalflash (camouflage) on it. My elf,  his name is Jack.


I have already wrote you what I want. Now I want to write what I want you to do:  First you need to have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Second, I need you to get some presents for yourself, not just me.



A Few More Letters to Santa!

I have been a very good sister this year. I am helpful and have good manners. I would like a rainbow loom, please.

Love, Arabella


I have been good. What I wants for Christmas is a teddy bigger than me and some surprises.



I hope you leave me a picture of you and all your elfs and your friends. And a pet duck!



I need a new train table, also new tracks with new train. I would like some bridges and hills. Some day I would like to take a trip on a real train.
PS:  I have been a good boy.



Merry Christmas. I hope I get a laptop, geodes, art kit, and a phone. I also want my own chuwawa (sp). Will you wake me up and we can have a party!  I want to see one of your elves.


I want a locket for Christmas, a puppy, and a coloring book. Are the elves being good? How do you get everywhere in the world in one night? How are the reindeer?


Dear Santa:

I believe in you. I think you are family and I love you like family.

Love, Piper


Ice Fishing 2013 - New Clam Tackle

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Ice Fisherman Rod Woten gives you a brief rundown on what's new in Clam tackle for this year's ice fishing season. Among his favorites are the new drop lines, made from tungsten, so it will fish heavier. Check out this video for more!



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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Pros, Porcupines, and Santa!

Saturday, December 14

Santa's Wonderland Hoursfree craft santa's wonderland

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 15

Santa's Wonderland Hours

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Santa's Wonderland Hoursfree craft santa's wonderland

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 15

Santa's Wonderland Hours

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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Talk about a wild mix of activities this weekend!  We have Fishing Pro Keith Kavajecz in the house this weekend...he's making a special trip here from up north just to visit with YOU!  We'll have porcupines from Pella Wildlife Company and, of course, it's the last weekend opportunity to see Santa! Here's the complete rundown of this weekend's events, plus Santa's Wonderland hours for Monday and Tuesday:

Santa's Wonderland Hours

Friday, December 20
Free Photos with Santa: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Bass Passes will be handed out as soon as the line becomes a longer than 30-minute wait.
Free Crafts:  5-7 p.m.

Saturday, December 21
FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.crafts

Sunday, December 22
FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes right at 10 a.m.
Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, December 23
Free Photos with Santa: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Bass Passes will be handed out as soon as the line becomes a longer than 30-minute wait.
Free Crafts:  5-7 p.m.

December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Photos: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Crafts: 3-5 p.m.

Keith KavajeczKeith Kavajecz , The Next Bite TV, is in the store this weekend!

Get ready for ice fishing with one of the best! Keith will be in the store from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, the 21st and from 10-2 p.m. on Sunday to visit with customers.

Join him at 1 p.m. on Saturday ONLY for his special seminar - Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques!


Pella Wildlife Company - Conservation Connections

Last, but not least, Saturday, Dec. 21, the Pella Wildlife Company will be in the store from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. They'll be bringing a porcupine so you can learn more about this prickly creature and it's life in Iowa!

Don't forget those last-minute stocking stuffer items! Make sure to check out the stocking stuffer tower in front of the checkouts.


Christmas Gift Ideas for the Bird and Nature Lover

I enjoy watching wildlife and photography...birds, eagles, deer, etc.  If you have someone like me in your life, consider these gift ideas. 

Binoculars - There is a great selection out there for all price ranges. From a basic pair to get kids started to $2,600 night vision binos, there is a pair for everyone!

Muk Luks

RedHead Mid or Lightweight Lifetime Guarantee socks - I bought a pair the other day and LOVE them. These aren't the heavier hunting socks. these are lighter in weight, but still extremely comfortable and warm. Perfect for short hikes in the cold winter sunshine to spot some eagles!

Convertible gloves - Traditionally, mitten keep your fingers warmer because of the body heat of the fingers being together. But, mittens aren't always user friendly for taks, such as taking photos. Convertible gloves are handy when needing the use of your fingers, but also needing the warmth of a mitten. Just flip the top back when you're ready to shoot, whether a camera OR a bow or gun!  Variety of materials,  including ragg wool and fleece...prefer form over function? Check out the Muk Luks brand for ladies or and colorful!

bird feeders

Watching from a window?  Here are some fun bird feeding items you can get!

Squirrel Proof Feeders! No guarantees, but maybe you will fool the squirrels!

Suet HolderSuet holders - Birds like suet all year round, however, in the winter they really need it to keep up their energy! You can get suet holders in simple wire racks, or two-sided and cradled in cedar like shown to the left. There are also copper suet holders with decorative leaves over the top, which also help protect the suet. There are also new brightly colored sunflower shaped suet holders.

Of course, don't forget the suet. Bass Pro Shops has several "flavors," including Red Pepper Suet.  Did you know that squirrels don't like spicy things, like red peppers? However, it doesn't bother birds at all, so the Red Pepper Suet should  help detract the furry critters from munching down on the birds' eats!

From fishing cabins to lanterns to shotgun shells, there is a plethora of  feeders out there to match with a person's other interests. But make sure you consider the elements, as some feeders will obviously "weather" better. There are tube feeders for finches, platforms feeders that appeal to cardinals and hummingbird and oriole feeders for those birds with the sweeter tastebuds!

Throw in a book on birds or wildlife and you have perfect gifts for under the tree or the stocking for any nature lover!




Christmas Gift Ideas for the Bass Fisherman

Santa FishingStruggling on what to buy those fishermen and women in your life?  We asked our Pro Staffers, Kary Ray and Lance Baker, for some Christmas advice...

Lance says:

Top 5 must have Christmas Gifts for the Fisherman!

  1. Daiwa Tatula Series Rods and Reels
  2. Lowrance Elite 5 or 7 DHI
  3. Bass Pro Shops Bionic Blade Micro Guide rods
  4. TroKar Hooks...great stocking stuffers!
  5. A Barbie or Superman rod to take the kids fishing!

Lance says throw in some other items like War Eagle Spinnerbaits, Berkley Havoc plastics, Bass Pro Shops line spooling station, Bass Pro Shops XTS Rod Socks, and Bass Pro Shops XPS Line Saver and you've got your fishing guy or gal set!


Kary Ray has some additional wishes on HIS list:

Clam two-person ice fishing shack (Kary just got married, so this makes sense!)
Electric or gas-powered auger
Set of Pro Qualifier Rain gear
A new boat cover for my Nitro
A new pair of polarized sunglasses


Kary and Ray have been very good this year, so maybe Santa will help them least we hope they helped YOU out with ideas!



Ice Fishing Cadence

During our recent Facebook Ice Fishing Q & A, a participant had a question for our Pro Ice Fisherman Rod Woten about his presentation.

Question -

"Rod, knowing you fish the North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC), for each lake you fish, do you need to change your jig presentation style?"

Rod's Answer - 

"Not necessarily. I almost always stay horizontal. More important is your jigging cadence and color. I might change jig size, but I fish the same profile a lot."

We asked Rod to expand on this a bit, so check out his tips and demonstration in this YouTube video!


Our Ice Fishing Event is January 4, 2014!


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Letters to Santa Continue!

Dear Santa:


I hope you have had a WONDERFUL year so far. I have been very good this year! All I really want for Christmas is 1st in color guard and a safe, fun trip to Florida! See you next year!

With love, Katelyn


I want Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Hard Luck, Baby Alive, bow and arrow that is fake, new house, new fourth grade teachers.



All I want for Christmas is a good grade in Chemistry...and I would like lots of snow, chocolate and pajamas. I love Christmas!



I want for Christmas a Furby Boom or Shannon The Generation Doll and Kendra the Generation Doll. My parents got me the train set I've been asking for, but I still love you!



I want Saige the American Girl doll. I also want white hunting clothes. Now only you can read this. Do you think you can give me some duck tape in my stocking? I also want candy.



I want a new 3DS because my old one fell in the toilet. Thanks.


Last, but not least:

Don't forget other children that don't have food and toys. 
PS: I want anything that has monkeys.




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Outdoor Cooking Primer - Peanut Chicken Tenderloins with Chili-Lime Mayonnaise

Once again, it's not technically outdoor cooking, but it tastes really, really good! You could fry these outside in a cast iron skillet over a hot grill or fire. This recipe comes from Chef Dale at the Hy-Vee in Newton, Iowa. I haven't made them, but I tasted them and it sounds super simple to make!


Peanut Chicken Tenderloins with Chili-Lime Mayonnaise

3/4 cup salted peanuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup panko
1/4 cup cilantro
Kosher slat and black pepper
2 - 8 oz. chicken breasts, cut into 12 strips each
3 T canola oil


Chili-Lime Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 T lime juice
2 T sriracha

Combine nuts, panko, cilantro, salt and pepper. Press chicken strips into mixture to adhere. Heat oil in skillet. In batches, cook chicken 2-3 minutes per said until done. Serve with chili-lime mayonnaise. Can also be put on skewers for a good party appetizer!


This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Rewards and More!

Did you know we have free gift wrapping available on weekends? From 11-8 near the checkouts, across from Customer Service,Free gift wrapping various organizations provide free gift wrapping for a donation.

This weekend it's Katie's Crusaders on Saturday and the Norwalk 10U baseball team on Sunday - Let's help them out!

Friday, December 13

Outdoor Rewards Night, 6-9 p.m.

Another fun event just for our Outdoor Rewards card holders!

  • The first 100 attendees will receive a FREE ornament
  • $25 gift cards given away every 15 minutes beginning at 6:15.
  • Grand prize drawing of a RedHead ground blind at 8:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor Rewards customers will receive DOUBLE POINTS on their purchases that night, but ONLY if you present the coupon that is in your email invitation or in the sales flyer!
  • 5x points on all Columbia Omni-Heat purchases
  • 10% off photo packages in Santa’s Wonderland


Saturday, December 14

Santa's Wonderland Hoursfree craft santa's wonderland

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 15

Santa's Wonderland Hours

o FREE photos with Santa from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will begin handing out Bass Passes at 9 a.m.
o Free craft from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Local Hero Night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. - For military, emergency services, and law enforcement.
o First 100 Heroes receive a free ornament.
o Santa’s Wonderland hours extended (Santa available for photos until 9pm).
o 10% discount on photo packages for Heroes only.
o $25 gift card drawings every half hour from 7:30pm – 9:00 p.m. (enter in the front lobby).


More Letters to Santa!

Dear Santa:

My name is Camila. I come from Chile. This Christmas we are celebrating it in Chile, it's going to be fun. Thank you for everything.

I want hunting and fishing and Nerf guns. Pick one item from one of those categories and put them under the tree. Thank you!


For Christmas I would like candy and a baby doll. Even though I am scared of you, you should still get me a lot of presents.
Thank you.
PS:  I have been a fairly good girl.


I've been a good boy. I would like a drum for Christmas. I'll leave a pickle for you.


I love you. I'm trying to be good. I would like a stuffed animal. I'll leave you a snack.


For Christmas I want the Bass Pro Shop fishing game for Wii or a single tent with a tackle box with bait.


I've been a good girl this year. I want a Elf on a Shelf and Tinkerbell fishing pole. Thank you
And pretty, pretty, pretty please can I get those gifts!


I want a toy train for my grandparents house, a Duck Dynasty tractor and most of all  just want my family all together.


Last, but not least:
I've been very good this year! I hope I get a heart transplant soon!
I want a Ryan Gosling coloring book, pack of crayons, birch box stuff, and gift cards! Thank you!


Good luck, Terri - hope you get your wishes soon, too!


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A Moment Frozen in Time

My husband was born 150 years too late. An extremely knowledgeable, ethical sportsman/woodsman:  hunting big game and small, Ice Fishingguiding,fishing, and boating. You name it, he has done it and done it well. Fishing is his first love of the bunch, but sometimes an unexpected step gives even the most proficient, safe, veteran outdoorsman cause to reconsider that love. This is his story.


It was an unusual day off during the week in the early ice fishing season, so I decided to take advantage of some free time and enjoy my favorite sport. I had ice fished for 25+ years, usually alone. Taking it up in a time when not that many people ice fished. No ice shacks and heaters, you sat on a bucket or stood. There was always the chance of brutal conditions. Even though I went by myself, there were usually others around so there was safety in numbers.

It was clear and really cold that day, just like now. Below zero, wind drifting the snow out of the northwest. I had already been to a farm pond where there was about 5-7 inches of ice. I fished a couple of hours, but couldn’t find any activity and decided to hit the trail to what I hoped were better waters. I headed to Rock Creek State Park east of Kellogg, as far to the east side of it as I could go, past the campground entrance and past the rock jetties.

I got out of the truck, loaded up my gear, the electronics and hand auger. As a last minute thought, I put my ice picks around my neck and headed towards the lake.

As I walked across the ice, I kept stomping and hitting it with my auger. There was about 5-6 inches of snow on top of the ice. About 75 yards out, I set my equipment down and scraped some snow off the ice with my right boot.

A second drag of the right boot and I was completely under water.

In what seemed like many minutes, but was probably seconds, I was hitting the ice trying to find the hole I had just come through. I was a Marine and Vietnam Veteran, use to water and a good athlete, my skills had to kick in. There it was, I got to the edge and put both hands on the ice and started to lift myself out. I grabbed the ice, it broke off and I sank.

Again, I tried and again it broke.

Then I remembered my ice picks and started feeling for them. No sign of the left one, but the right one was floating in front of my chest and face. I reached up and stabbed as far up onto the edge of the ice as I could and held on. Kicking my feet in the water like I was swimming, I finally slid up onto the ice like a seal landing. I was out of the water and took a look around.

A 10-foot-wide hole was behind me and the ice was about 1½ inches thick. My equipment was gone, but I wasn't.  Beginning the trek back to the truck, I suddenly realized it was hard to walk. My coveralls were solid and heavy with ice. I started feeling warm and thought if I could just lay down and rest it would help. But my survivalist brain took over, thankfully, and said, "No, you have to keep walking," and moved my feet for me.

When I got to the truck, I couldn’t get the door unlocked. My hands wouldn’t work well enough to get the remote to work. Finally, I got the key in the door to unlock it. As I opened the door, I looked in my rear view mirror and stopped, blood covered the front of me. My teeth had been chattering so badly I was biting my tongue and didn't know it.

I tore at my coveralls as best as my hands would work, slid into the truck, and got it running. For three hours, I laid there across the front seat before I could function. I drove home, teeth back to chattering and stayed in bed for two days.

The ice gear was sold.

After 25 years of ice fishing, knowing the hazards and knowing what was right, I was just plain careless. Doing everything I had told others NOT to do. Kind of like the farmer that has farmed safely for 40 years, who removes the safety cover off a PTO shaft and suddenly finds his clothing wrapped up in it because he looked away for one fishing hole

Five years later, the equipment was repurchased. Eight years later I ice fish religiously once again, but with a renewed mind set.

I always use a spud bar to check ice.

I always have my pegs around my neck, no second thoughts.

I always wear my inflatable life jacket. (If Santa were to get me a float suit, that would be acceptable, too).

I NEVER go alone. If I am not with someone specifically, there are always others in the same location who know I am there or I simply don't fish there.

I practice what I preach.


Hard water is here and ice fishing has begun. But is it hard enough? Check it, be smart, and be safe.

By: Gail McMahon, Merchandising/Social Media, Bass Pro Shops Altoona (and her husband John McMahon, retired)




Ice Fishing by Map

Not everyone owns a GPS. If you're ice fishing, without a GPS, and not familiar with the body of water you're on, a map will be your best friend.

When looking at a game and fish map, what should you look for to find the fish?  In our recent Q & A with our Pro Staff Ice Fisherman Rod Woten gave some advice and we asked him to expand on it a bit:

First thing I look for is sharp break lines...contour lines close together. Then I look for the flats that are either above or below those. Depending on water clarity one of those is going to be a weed bed. If the lower one isn't a weed bed, it's going to be a sticky bottom area.

If it’s still early in the season, or snowfall is minimal and weeds are still getting sunlight through the ice, they will continue to grow and this makes them a sure bet for panfish. Later in the season, as the weeds die off, these panfish will slide off the weed flats in to the deeper water at the base of these sharp breaks. I’ve indicated sharp break areas on the example map with a “1."

These aren’t the only things to look for, though. Basically, I look for anything that will cause fish to pause or concentrate them into groups. Two great examples of this are inside turns and funnel areas.

A.  Funnel areas, as the name implies, are areas where the contour lines “neck down.”  These locations are also referred to as “pinch points.”  Because of their shape, these areas funnel travel routes for fish down to a smaller area and concentrate the fish. Funnel areas on the map are marked with a “2.”

B.  Inside corners concentrate fish. When fish come into one, they can no longer continue forward…the other side of the corner is directly in front of them. This causes them to pause before deciding whether to deviate from the contour they’ve been traveling along or to turn and follow the corner.  Sometimes this pause is only momentary and sometimes it’s lengthy.  In either case, fish will start to stack up in these kinds of areas. Outside corners are not nearly as productive, because the far side of the corner does not impede the travel of the fish, so they do not pause to redirect their travel. Inside corners have been marked on the map with a “3.”

Ice Fishing by Map

More questions for our Ice Fishing Pro? Just post them here and we'll get them answered! 

Our Ice Fishing Event is January 4, 2014! Watch for details!


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Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques with Keith Kavajecz

Bass Pro Shops Altoona welcomes

Keith KavajeczKeith Kavajecz

The Next Bite TV´╗┐ 

December 21 & 22
Get ready for ice fishing and learn from one of the best at his 1 p.m. seminar:
"Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques" 
Keith will also be in the store on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 10-2 p.m., to visit with customers.
The Next Bite TV
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More Letters to Santa!

"I want a horse for Christmas. Any color will do. I also want anything I need for a horse. I would like you to give something special to my family. What would you like for Christmas? I was thinking of getting something for you. Write back soon!
PS:  I would laos like to get a catnip toy for Paws and Tuffy."


"How is the North Pole doing? Do you have a lot of elves at the North Pole? Are you getting ready for Christmas?

"For Christmas what time are you going to start handing our presents? When should we open our Elf on the Shelf?"

"Christmas is awesome. It includes so much like baking cookies, and caroling, a Jesus being born. My favorite holiday is coming up. I want a rainbow loom with stuff for it."


"Thank you for keeping the "if you believe" alive in your  "Santa Area," Bass Pro Shops.

Kids these days grow up way too fast. So, keeping them young is special."



This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops - Stay Warm!

The weather outside will be frightful, but inside it will be SO delightful! In town for the Big Four basketball tournament or just to shop? Make sure to stop by - see Santa and help our four-legged shelter friends!

Santa's Wonderland Hours

Free Photos with Santa
Friday: 3-8 p.m.
Saturday: 10-8 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 - 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

REMEMBER: We ALWAYS use the Bass Pass on weekends. We start handing out the Bass Passes one hour before Santa's scheduled start time on Saturday and Sunday. The Bass Pass provides you a spot in line during a designated time and allows you Free Craft at Santa's Wonderlandto walk around the store. You're in a "virtual" line!

Free Craft!
Weekends:  Noon - 5 p.m.
This weekend's free craft is a Stuffed Santa Ornament!

Santa's Wonderland Hours CHANGE on December 8:

December 8 - Dec. 23:
Free Photos with Santa:

Weekdays - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free Crafts:
Weeknights - 5-7 p.m.
Weekends - noon-5 p.m.

December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Photos: 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Crafts:  3-5 p.m.


ARL of Iowa - Tree of LifeAnimal Rescue League of Iowa - Tree of Life!

Bass Pro Shops Altoona is proud to be a drop off location for the Animal Re

Helped the pets with food, toys, treats and more!  Drop your donations off in our lobby by December may purchase here or purchase anywhere.  It's just about helping the pets!

Coming up!

Friday, December 13 - Outdoor Rewards Night

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15 - Breakfast with Santa - MUST have reservations. Email to see if seats are still available.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22 - Keith Kavajecz, pro fisherman and host of Next Bite TV, joins us in the store!  Join him for a special 1 p.m. seminar on Saturday, Dec. 21 - Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

Saturday, December 21 - Pella Wildlife Company joins us, 11-3 p.m., for their monthly Conservation Connections with a porcupine!










Prepping for Ice Season

As temperatures promise to drop into the single digits this week, the "ice dance" continues! Right now, if you haven't already, you should be going through all your equipment and gear to make sure there's no rust and everything works. Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff Ice Fisherman, Rod Woten, shares his key tips in this video on prepping for ice!



Keith KavajeczJoin us December 21 and 22 as Keith Kavajecz from The Next Bite joins us!

Saturday, December 21 - 9:00 to 4:00, with a seminar at 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 22, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Visiting with customers and answering questions on the sales floor!




Our Ice Fishing Event is January 4, 2014 - watch for details!


Ice Fishing 2013 - Shacks and Accessories

While there are those who might do everything they very basic way, most ice fishermen and women want more than just a rod and reel when they hit the ice. The fishing team and Pro staffer Rod Woten show off what's new in shacks and accessories this year.

Auger Drill PlateThe Clam Ice Auger Conversion Kit Drill Plate - This great new item allows you to hook up a regular electric drill to a manual auger to drill holes.

Our Pro Staff member, Ice Fishing Pro Rod Woten, is excited to see this product!

ION Electric Ice Auger

Ion - We had the 8" hole ION Electric Ice Auger last year. This year we have a 6", too!  The ION has an onboard 40V MAX lithium-ion battery. It also has an extension - the ION is the only auger that comes with an extension that increases the length of your auger to 48".

The insulated Clam Spill-Proof Bait Keeper is still a popular item, and there are new larger jig boxes available now from Clam.

Ice Shacks - There's a new two-person sled - the Shappell Bay Runner Sled-Based Cabin. The Bay Runner has a one-piece frame and allows for great mobility while fully set-up. Plus, we have the new, very cool, Frabill Fishouflage Ambush Ice Shelter! ThAmbush fishes 2-3 people plus gear, is full-length with a padded bench seat and two large side doors with heavy duty zippers.