This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

There is always something going on at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!  Pink KayakCome check out our fish fry display at the front of the store and our new kayaks...including a PINK one! 

Saturday, March 22

Noon-4 p.m. - Our Gifts Department is serving up samples of Sloppy Joes, using the 3 Little Pigs Kansas City Competition BBQ Sauce.


Also, on Saturday, Jay Green and his dog Zeus will be conducting a dog obedience demonstration in front of the aquarium at 3:30 p.m. immediately following the fish feeding.


Sunday, March 23

Today the Gifts Department is handing out samples of Uncle Buck’s summer sausage from noon – 4 p.m.!


What's Coming Up?

The Easter Bunny hops in to Bass Pro Shops on April 12! Visit our Facebook page for the details!

Concealed Carry classes are returning to Bass Pro Shops Altoona! Details to come!


Product Spotlight - Avian Turkey Decoys

Turkey season is coming up fast in Iowa and the Midwest. One of the most popular decoys at Bass Pro Shops Altoona is the Avian X LCD (Lifelike Collapsible Decoy) Jake Decoy. The feather detail and true posturing make it hard to tell from the real thing. Hunting lead Brian Green shows you some of the features and benefits of the decoy, along with the Avian X LCD Hen in the YouTube video clip:

Iowa's Spring Turkey Hunting Season begins April 5 with the Youth Season. For details on the season dates and regulations, visit

Join us Saturday, April 5, for our Spring Turkey Hunting seminars - Advanced Spring Turkey Calling and Selecting the Right Turkey Decoys. Rick Adams from the Primos Pro Staff will present these seminars to help you get ready for spring turkey hunting! Attend either of our seminars this day and be entered in a chance to win a free AVIAN- X TURKEY DECOY!


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Fishing Homework

Whether it's Google Earth or other aerial maps, maps you buy, or maps from the state department of natural resources, our Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff bass fisherman say work ahead!

During the recent Spring Fishing Classic Local Pros weekend, Kary Ray and Lance Baker both spoke about the importance of using maps in conjunction with electronics. You can determine ahead of time where deep water is, possible structure and secondary structure locations, etc. But the most important thing is to take the time to use them.

Questions for our pros? Post them here or ask on our Facebook page at We'll get your answer posted right away!


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Why Air Guns?

by Wes Gudenkauf, Hunting Lead, Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Over the past year or so, as we all know, rimfire ammunition has been in short supply. With spring fast approaching, everyone is ready to get outside to do some shooting. An air rifle makes a great alternative to the never-ending search for .22 Long Rifle.

An air gun can come in just about any configuration that a person could want. From the beginner's Daisy Red Ryder to Gamo Whisper Fusion and even on to Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) rifles capable of extreme accuracy, better than their rimfire relatives, at only a fraction of the cost to shoot. Calibers include .177, .20, .22, and .25, just to name the most common. 

  • Multi-pump rifles. These are common just about anywhere that sells air guns, ranging from around $50 to $100. They generally shoot dual ammo, meaning pellets or BBs, in .177 caliber. These are a great option for backyard can plinking or the occasional pigeon hunt at close range. However, the Benjamin 392 is a .22 caliber that I think stands out in this category.  It fires a .22 caliber Rabbit in the crosshairspellet at 950 fps (feet per second) with eight pumps and is extremely accurate at ranges of 20-30 yards. At a price of $189.99, it is at the top of its class. 
  • The next step up will be the single-stroke, spring gun. These are the guns like the Gamo Silent Cat all the way up to their Varmint Hunter. These guns are also usually in .177 or .22 caliber, but do not shoot BBs. They can fire anywhere from 900 all the way up to 1450 fps. Yes, that's faster than a .22 Long Rifle. These are popular for pest control under 40 yards, and can be extremely accurate with the right pellet. 
  • Most manufacturers are developing Nitrogen Piston (NP) guns as well. Contrary to popular belief, some of the spring guns I talked about above are actually quite loud, with decibel readings up over 100 decibels. A .22 Long Rifle operates at 134 decibels with standard 1200 fps ammo. With that being said, even the loudest air gun is still considerably quieter than a .22. Just don't be deceived when an air rifle is advertised to be "quiet." The advantage to a Nitrogen Piston gun over a spring-operated is that the NP guns are about 20% quieter. With a .22 caliber pellet, the Benjamin Trail NP can operate at 950 feet per second -- more than enough energy to dispatch squirrels and other varmints!
  • The final category are the PCP or Pre-Charged Pneumatic. They have an internal reservoir that is filled with either CO2 or High Pressure Air (HPA) from a paintball tank, scuba tank, or high-pressure pump. Once these guns are filled, they provide anywhere from 20 shots in a .25 caliber capable of taking down coyotes less than 50 yards, to 70 shots in .177 caliber, making it easy to fill the rifle up with air for an afternoon of hunting or an hour at the range honing your shooting skills. Prices range anywhere from $120-$500 for commercially available rifles, like the Crosman RepeatAir 1077 with a 12 round rotary mag, and, just like regular firearms, the sky is the limit. Pre-Charged rifles often come with a shrouded barrel, which acts to muffle the report of the rifle. These guns can be so quiet you may wonder if they even went off until you see the target fall. 

Pellets for these rifles usually run about $12-$15 for 500, with more or less expensive varieties available. With that being said, it's about half the cost of .22 long rifle and they're always available. 

One last thing about the air gun - they might be neighbor friendly. Many cities allow the use of air guns within city limits. Please check with your local law enforcement before air gunning in city limits. 

Happy Shooting!


Wes has been shooting and hunting since he was seven and, like most other hunters, his first rifle was a pellet rifle. He always enjoyed airgun hunting and recently became involved with the sport again. Wes is a competitive shooter in trap and skeet, USPSA (United States Pistol Shooters Association) open class, and IDPA (International Defense Pistol Association).



Finding the First Fish

How do you find that first fish of the season? During recent Spring Fishing Classic seminars, Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff Bass Fisherman Kary Ray was asked that question. Here's his answer in this video clip:

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How to Update Your Lowrance Electronics

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff Fisherman Kary Ray says he often gets asked about how to update Lowrance electronics. Just like computers, cell phones and other electronic devices, fish finders and navigational equipment should be updated. It's important to keep an eye on the Lowrance web site to see if there are updates that will improve graphics, etc.

In this video clip, Kary shows how easy it is to update your Lowrance electronics!

If you have questions for our Pro Staff, please feel free to post them here or on our Facebook page. We'll make sure to get the answers posted for you!


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The Importance of Secondary Structure

During recent Spring Fishing Classic Local Pros and Tips weekend seminars at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, an audience member asked for advice on finding structure. With newly upgraded electronics, he wanted to know how to get off the banks, make the best use of structure, and what to look for when it comes to structure and fish movement. In this clip from the seminar, Bass Pro Shops Local Pro Lance Baker explains the importance of locating secondary structure, and the role it plays in the spring when the bass move up to shallow waters.

Do you have questions for our local pro staff anglers? Ask them here or on our Facebook page at We will answer them here and on our Facebook page!


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Friday Featured Fan Spotlight

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Facebook fans are the best! They come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Some are in college and pursuing careers that relate directly to the outdoors and Keegan Frisch is one of them. Keegan is a senior at Central College, majoring in Communications and minoring in Global Sustainability, so he looks toward a future of combining his love of the outdoors with the importance of environmental impacts and awareness and how what we do now can effect the outdoors for future generations.

How long have you enjoyed the great outdoors?Keegan

I have been enjoying the great outdoors for my entire life. The place it all started is Spirit Lake, Iowa. I have been going on family vacations there for 20+ years and we go for one reason…fishing. My dad and brothers have been my fishing partners, along with some of my close friends from high school. I also have a passion for bow hunting. I started when I was 15 and have been enjoying the cold, crisp mornings of October and November in Iowa ever since. There is something about being in the outdoors, either in the tree stand or on the water, that brings balance to life for me.

Of all the outdoor activities he enjoys, Keegan says his favorite is fishing for that one "big moment."

I enjoy bass, crappie, trout, northern pike, and musky fishing. For me, it is the pursuit of that once-in-a-lifetime day or catch that makes fishing so enjoyable. When fishing for pike and musky, especially, I love knowing that the next cast could be the fish that I will never forget. I remember one day on Spirit Lake when I was fishing with my dad and brother for largemouth. It was a calm and overcast morning in the first part of June. The morning was a slow bite with just a few hook ups on spinners. The mid-morning bite changed my luck! I caught a five fish limit, with the biggest fishing being just over 5 1/2 pounds and the rest over 4. It was one of my first fishing memories, being I was about 12 years old. 

What is your go-to gear? Keegan portaging

I never ever leave for an outdoor trip without my multi-tool. There is no way to predict when I am going to need a knife, pliers, small saw, or Phillips head screw-driver. Since the multi-tool has all of these functions, it is a must for all hunting, camping, packing, fishing, and other outdoors trips. 

Words of wisdom?

Enjoy the experience for its true meaning. I like to go fishing to catch fish, but that is not always going to be the case. You can’t let that ruin the experience. I try to breathe in every breathe and capture every moment in memory, because nature has a true power to bring people back to their roots and deepest values. So, I try to learn from my outdoor experiences, good or bad, because Mother Nature is a beautiful, complex thing that has a lesson to teach in every experience.


This Weekend @ Bass Pro Altoona - It's All About KIDS!

It's the last weekend of our Spring Fishing Classic and, as always, we have a weekend just for kids!

Next Generation Weekend, March 15 & 16!Spring Fishing Classic 2014 Next Generation Weekend

What's a Next Generation weekend? It's time we set aside for teaching our next generation of outdoor sportsmen and women all about the fun of fishing...and it's all FREE!

The fun includes:

  • The FREE Catch and Release Pond in our new, larger indoor pond stocked with live fish! (Noon-5 p.m.)
  • Kids get a FREE 4x6 photo with a special Keep America Fishing Certificate (Noon-5 p.m.)
  • Free Kids' Fishing workshops - 2:30 and 4:30 - "Thinking Like a Fish"
  • Free Kids' Craft both days - Keepsake magnet fish craft (while supplies last) 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Free Giveaway - Kids Tackle Box when they complete their punch card!

Also that day and NEW this year:

Women's Beginning Fishing Workshop! 3 p.m.

the first 50 women get a travel mug AND all ladies who attend will have the chance to win a Ladyfish Spinning Combo!




Other Happenings in the Store This Weekend

The Iowa Bowfishing Association will be on hand Saturday to answer questions about this fast-growing outdoor activity!

Last weekend for Girl Scout cookie sales!
Saturday, Troop 170 from Des Moines
Sunday, Troop 139 from Altoona and Bondurant


Outdoor Cooking Primer - Venison (or not) Spiral Meatloaf

This post is dedicated to our friends who aren't wild game eaters, probably because that just wasn't something they grew up with or Venison Spiral Meatloafencountered on life's journey....or they encountered too much of it when young and tired of it. Whenever my husband and I post a picture of a venison type meal we've just had, there is often a "looks good except for the road kill part" type comment. Now, some have actually tried our dishes like Venison Ziti or Lasagna, for example, made with venison Italian Sausage, or Jalapeno Cheddar Summer Sausage, and they realize it's really pretty good.

This recipe is a spin-off of a Bear Swirl Meatloaf recipe from the February 2014 issue of Iowa Game and Fish. We don't have bear in our freezers, so used our trusty venison instead. We made some changes such as using an Italian blend cheese and putting it on while it cooked, using a pepper blend instead of straight pepper, and frozen spinach. Interesting note about this meatloaf - there's no breading in it.

The nice thing about venison is that it can be used in any beef recipe and vice versa. So, if you don't happen to have some bear meat laying around, use venison...and if you're like my cousin Kris who considers it "roadkill," use regular burger and make this not-so-regular meatloaf. Enjoy!

Venison Spiral MeatloafVenison Spiral Meatloaf

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced bell pepper (we used red)

1/2 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup diced celery

3 cloves minced garlic

1 box frozen cooked spinach (thawed and drained very well)

2 pounds ground venison

1 egg

2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp Italian Seasoning

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/3 cup marinara sauce

1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese


Saute' onion, pepper, carrot and celery in oil on medium-high heat until soft. In a large bowl mix meat, egg and seasonings. Spread the meat mixture out on waxed paper into a rectangular shape. You want it to be about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Spread the spinach, parsley and sauteed veggies evenly over the meat. Starting at one of the short ends, roll up the meat with the veggies in the center.  Use a meat loaf pan or baking sheet. Cover with the marinara sauce and Italian cheese. Bake in pre-heated 350 oven, 35-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reach 165.




Sunglass Basics - Lens Type and Color

Buying GOOD sunglasses can be overwhelming. There are so many features and benefits to choose from, let alone understanding all the terminology. Our Gifts and Sunglasses Lead Heather Morris breaks down some of the considerations for you when it comes to purchasing:

Lens Types - Glass vs. Polycarbonate


* Best clarity

* Holds up the best against scratches

* Very durable


* Lightweight

* Easy cleaning

* Impact resistant

* Scratch resistant


Mirrored have a coating on the outside of the lens to help cut down on glare. The differences between colored mirror lenses are:

* Blue mirror is one of two lenses that lets the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a base color of grey.  Blue mirror lenses are best for full sun on open water and offshore.

* Green mirror is the other lens that will let the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a copper or amber base.  Green mirror enhances vision as well as contrast for fishing inshore and on flats.

* Silver mirror has a 12% light transmission and comes with a copper base.  It's great for various lighting and works well in stream fishing.

In non-mirrored lenses, the grey lens is the darkest tint available without a mirror.  It is a great lens to use on a daily basis and all activities. The Amber lens is a good lens for those days of bright and low lights.

Quality polarized sunglasses have a film built in the lens that reduces glare from the sun, snow, and water.  Non-polarized sunglasses do not have this film and if you're going to buy a good quality pair of sunglasses Morris recommends they are polarized.

When purchasing sunglasses the biggest thing to consider, outside of your budget, is how you're going to use them. If you're getting them for  daily outdoor use for sports, fishing, or biking, Morris says consider a warranty, going with polarized lenses, and durability.  Of course, the fit is important, too!

Maui Jim - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaHer personal preference of sunglasses?  Maui Jim!

"I have two pairs, one with a grey lens and the other with the amber.  I find that they both really enhance all the colors I see as well as block out the bright sunlight.  I never squint my eyes with my Mauis on!"

Currently, at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, we carry Under Armour, Native, Oakley, Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar, Browning, Wiley X (limited pairs). We carry Maui Jim and Costa Del Mar sunglasses in both glass and polycarbonate lenses.  We carry specific models in all of our brands, but we do offer special orders if there is a particular pair you want that we do not carry.KVD - Oakley


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Know Your Humminbird - Arcs vs. Streaks

Professional angler and guide Win Stevens was at Bass Pro Shops Altoona recently for the Spring Fishing Classic National Pros weekend. He delivered an informative seminar on using a Humminbird, often focusing on features that are underused or that could be used in better ways to benefit the fisherman.

For example, Stevens talked about something as seemingly basic as the arcs that you see on the monitor. It's often the first thing people look for on the monitor...but does an arc mean you've hit the spot or does it mean should you look elsewhere?  He explains in this YouTube clip:

Stevens says one feature that are underused is the GPS Diagnostics view. GPS coordinates are updated by the military and Stevens say they can vary almost every timeyou look at it. He says you need to use the GPS Diagnostics to check on the estimated position of error, which means you may have marked your fish one day and the next day you can't find them...because the coordinates have changed just enough.

More clips from Win and our other guests, Casey Scanlon and Chase Parsons, may be found on our YouTube channel.


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Know Your Humminbird - Sensitivity

Professional fisherman and guide, Win Stevens, spoke at the Bass Pro Shops Altoona Spring Fishing Classic about using Humminbird electronics to their best benefit. Stevens says one that thing that people may not use properly, or might under use, are the sensitivity settings. He said the color, density, and clarity of the water doesn't really matter as long as you have the sensitivity set for your eyes. He also gave some great examples of how proper sensitivity settings have "cleared" the water in some special circumstances in Missouri and Arkansas. Check it out in this video clip from the Spring Fishing Classic National Pros weekend:

Check out more video clips from Win, Casey Scanlon, and Chase Parsons from Spring Fishing Classic 2014 on YouTube!


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Spring Fishing Classic 2014 - Daily Specials

The Daily Specials are back for the Spring Fishing Classic! As always, no dealers, limited quantities, no rain checks, and purchase limits apply on some items.

Daily Specials Bass Pro Shops March 7, 2014Friday, March 7 ONLY

  • XPS Signature Series Fluorocarbon
  • Wohali Non-Woven Rain Jacket OR Pants - Constructed of 66% polypropylene/34% polyethylene film, these are perfect for the vehicle, golf bag or on the boat for wet weather protection at an excellent price.
  • Blue Water LED Pro Boat Package - New for 2014! More than 200 LEDs - light up your compartments and live wells with these 100% waterproof LEDs!

Daily Specials Bass Pro Shops March 8, 2014


Saturday, March 8 ONLY

  • Bass Pro Shops ProLite Special Spin Combo - Reel features 8-bearing system and Powerlock instant anti-reverse, rod features lightweight micro guides and IM8 graphite blank.
  • Bass Pro Shops Stump Jumper
  • Mister Twister Electric Fisherman Fillet Knife



Daily Specials Bass Pro Shops Altoona March 14, 2014


Friday, March 14 ONLY

  • Humminbird Fishfinder 597ci HD DI Combo
  • Plano 3-Tray Special Box - great starter tackle box for kids!
  • Bass Pro Shops Tourney Lures






Saturday, March 15 ONLYDaily Specials Bass Pro Shops Altoona, March 15, 2014

  • Shimano Curado G Baitcast Reels - Last chance at a great reel!
  • Bass Pro Shops Folding Processing Table - From the water or the woods, makes your backyard processing easier!



Structure Trolling for Walleye

Professional walleye fisherman Chase Parsons, (The Next Bite TV) was at Bass Pro Shops Altoona for the Spring Fishing Classic talking walleye fishing! Parsons says probably the toughest boat control aspect of walleye fishing is structure trolling. The key? Keep your bait in the right zone...not the boat. Check out this video clip from his seminar!

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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Local Tips and Bites!

Spring Fishing Classic 2014

The Spring Fishing Classic continues and this weekend our local pros and experts take the stage!

In town for the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament? Stop in and see us!

March 7-9: Local Pros and Seminars Weekend

March 7 - 7 p.m. -FLIPPING AND PITCHING FOR BASS - Presented by Pro Staff team member Lance Baker.

March 8 & 9:
11:00 A.M. - LOCATING BASS IN NEW WATERS - with Kary Ray and Lance Baker
1:00 P.M. - TOPWATER TECHNIQUES FOR BASS - with Keith Kulow (2010-2012 Brushy Creek Bass Club Angler of the Year)
2:00 P.M. - SPINNING REEL TACTICS FOR BASS - with Kary Ray and Lance Baker
3:00 P.M. - DOES THE COLOR OF YOUR BASS LURE MATTER? - With Bryce Witt, Fishing Lead, and Matt Michel, Fishing Associate
4:00 P.M. - BECOME A SMALLMOUTH SPECIALIST - with Kary Ray and Lance Baker
5:00 P.M. - CHOOSING THE RIGHT SOFT PLASTICS FOR BASS - Fishing Lead Chris Grocholski

The first 25 people at each seminar on Saturday and Sunday receive a Spring Fishing Classic travel mug! All seminars will be in the Fly Shop area.

Local Pros and Experts


Saturday, March 8 - Food Demos and Sampling

What a fishing classic without a fish fry? We'll have fried fish sampling from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 ONLY - while supplies last.

We'll have jerky samples on Saturday, too! Stop by the jerky shack and taste all the varieties.

Sunday, March 9 - More Demos and Sampling - Noon -4 (while supplies last)

Our Gifts Department is warming your bellies with some Uncle Buck's Biscuits and Gravy!


Other Happenings

Girl Scout troops will be selling cookies on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Saturday, March 8 - Troop #624 from Johnston
  • Sunday, March 9 - Troop #121


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Eureka! - A Tent Testimonial

Campers are ready for spring camping weather and should be evaluating their equipment. Whether you're looking to replace or upgrade gear, or you're just starting out with tent camping, usually the shelter is the first stop. We asked Bass Pro Shops Altoona Camping expert Chuck Stevens for his tips on buying a good tent for camping:

I have a Eureka Timberline Original A-Frame 4-Person Tent. People like the classic items that are tried and true over the years, and this is a classic A-frame tent that is celebrating 40 years of production.

I have done, and continue to do, a great deal of camping and kayaking. When I shop for camping gear, I look for quality and I can say I put the Timberline 4 through a VERY rigorous six weeks of spring camping.

I sat through back to back to back to back 3" rain storms with very high winds reaching 40 mph (that's not a typo - there were multiple storms over multiple days). The guy lines on the ends work nicely and the criss-cross guy lines on the sides anchored this tent down beautifully in those super high winds!

The aluminum poles work very well - helps make it light for transport and easy set up. The sturdy well-designed frames, taped seams, and storm shield rain fly did not let me down.

A couple of other tips when outlining your tent camping necessities:

  • I use Eureka ground cloths under the tent and also inside on the floor. They worked especially well with all the rain.
  • I also use, inside the tent, two Therm-a-rest Base Camp Inflatable mattresses. These mats are one of the best investments a tent camper can ever make. The soft cushion with thermal properties make it a must have in my opinion and it has been a camping mattress of choice for other campers for over 35 years.

Find some additional tips on selecting a tent, in general, on Eureka's page. You'll also find a link to Tent Care tips including the importance of keeping your tent clean, sealing seams, and making sure it is put away dry.

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Jig Fishing with Casey Scanlon

Elite Series Professional Casey Scanlon was at Bass Pro Shops Altoona recently for the Spring Fishing Classic. He says the jig is the most versatile lure an angler can throw....all times of year, all depths, all water temps. It's something you can grab a couple of, throw in your tackle box and catch fish all year.  Watch the video for more of Casey's tips:

Casey suggests 1/2 or 3/8 oz. in brown or black and blue.


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Spring Fishing Classic - Local Tips and Seminars Weekend!

Spring Fishing Classic

Local Tips and Pros Seminar Weekend

Featuring Pro Staff – Kary Ray and Lance Baker

Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff


Join Us March 7-9 for these Great Seminars from Lance, Kary, and the rest of our fishing experts!

Friday, March 7 - Flipping and Pitching for Bass - Presented by Lance Baker

Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9:

11:00 a.m. - Locating Bass in New Waters - Presented by Ray and Baker

1:00 p.m. - Topwater Techniques for Bass -  Presented by Keith Kulow – 2010-2012 Brushy Creek Bass Club AOY, 2007 FLW/BFL Regional Qualifier

2:00 p.m. - Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass - Presented by Ray and Baker

3:00 p.m. - Does the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter? - Presented by Bryce Witt, Fishing Lead & Matt Michel, Fishing Associate

4:00 p.m. - Become a Smallmouth Specialist - Presented by Baker and Ray

5:00 p.m. - Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass - Presented by Fishing Lead Chris Grocholski


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A Small Part in a Great March

On Saturday, March 1, hundreds of people will be starting a trek across the country. Iowan Robert Cook will be on that walk and is taking a bit of Bass Pro Shops along. Bob from the Great March for Climate Action

The Great March for Climate Action gets underway Saturday and Robert has been coming in to pick up a few items for the walk. Bob recently retired as a minister after 40 years. He is passionate about his participation in the passionate, he is committed to completing the walk from LA to Washington D.C. in eight months. Over 200 marchers, from 36 states and 6 countries plan to walk 15 miles a day, camping along an established route that will wind through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa and on east. It's a green march and they will be practicing Leave No Trace every moment on the trail and at their campsites. They'll have a solar-powered mobile kitchen to provide meals for the walkers. They will rest on Sundays.

In preparation for his walk he has purchased numerous items from Bass Pro Shops Altoona.

"This store has played a HUGE part in my preparation. I had never been here and had driven by several times on I-80. Someone told me to check the store out for my supplies. I walked in and was amazed by the size and beauty of the store."

Some of the items he has purchased includes RedHead CoolMax Liner Socks for men. He layers those with RedHead Hiking Socks and he already knows they're going to be a charm! He has purchased several pairs for the journey. The liners help create a great barrier to help prevent blisters. He has been wearing the combination during his daily training for the walk and he says they feel great!

Other items he has purchased include insect repellent, a tarp for his tent to sit on, a wash basin for cleaning up, an LED lantern, a Bass Pro Shops camp chair, and an Ascend Dry Bag.

Best of luck to Bob and the other marchers as they walk for their for reports of them coming by your location and give them a wave. We hope to see them here at Bass Pro Shops Altoona mid-way through their walk when they camp in the area!


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