6 Reasons The MUCK BOOT™ Brand Tops Its Competitors

The Original Muck Boot Company™ story began in 1999 with the main purpose of designing the most comfortable, best performance footwear on the market. The demand for a comfortable boot for use in muddy and hard conditions while working for a long time led to the design of The Original Muck Boot Company™ brand footwear. Each boot in the line is expected to give the same 100% waterproof quality and comfort that inspired the original boot design. In just a few years, the Muck Boot line has grown to nearly 40 styles of rubber and leather footwear, all designed to tackle tough conditions in markets including: work, agriculture, lawn and garden, outdoor sporting, equine and pet care. Today, the MUCK BOOT™ brand defines a standard of comfort and quality that is known to exceed the expectations of customers. Quickly establishing a strong and loyal customer base, the brand has become one of the fastest growing lines in the waterproof footwear market.


The MUCK BOOT™ brand is known for their high quality boots. They use the most premium rubber, neoprene (CR-Foam), and Airmesh™ linings in the footwear market. They do not skimp on their materials! Their CR-Foam bootie has a different construction, unique compared to their competitors, that provides the most extreme comfort. This allows the user to have comfort all day long. Unlike most boots, the MUCK BOOT™ brand products keep their original shape unlike other brands that become flimsy and wear down. They are easy on and off because of their shape and construction. Due to their products and shape of the boot, they tend to outlast the competition.


The MUCK BOOT™ products have a variety of features that sets them above other boot brands.

1. They are 100% Waterproof - Thanks to their CR-Foam Bootie Construction they are 100% Waterproof. The products are lightweight, flexible, buoyant and waterproof from top to bottom. It is self-insulating and keeps the user's foot and lower leg warm and protected in cold and wet conditions. Whether you are cutting down trees in the snow or jumping in puddles, your feet will stay dry, warm and protected.


2. They Let Your Feet Breathe - They feature a Breathable Airmesh™ Lining. This lining gives extreme comfort and breathability by wicking away humidity and perspiration. It is made up of thousands of tiny vertical fibers that let the air circulate throughout the interior lining surfaces.


3. They Feature a Durable, Yet Lightweight Shell - The footwear brand features a Natural Rubber Upper Overlay in which the vulcanization bonds the rubber pieces together to form an exceptionally durable shell that also remains lightweight. It acts as the protective skin for the upper bootie and it is made of high abrasion natural rubber so the boot remains flexible for years. No matter how hard you are on your boots, they will hold up for years down the road.


4. They are the Perfect on the Go Boot - They are Hands-Free Easy On and Easy Off. The 10 mm kick rim and pull tab makes it easy to remove. At the same time, the sturdiness and stretch of the boot from the CR-Foam bootie makes it easy to step into the boot without having to pull it on. This is perfect for when you are on the go or have your hands full when heading out. There's no more laces and the boot will slide right on.


5. Easy Cleaning for the Hard-Worker - The boots are easy to clean after a hard, messy days of work. The rubber shell and nylon upper are very durable and can be cleaned simply by a spray of water or gentle scrub of soap and water. Armorall® can be used to protect the upper overlays. They can easily be cleaned even after the messiest of jobs.


6. The Additional Comfort - The Removable 6 mm Nitracel TM EVA Sock Liner is added for additional support and comfort.


The MUCK BOOT™ brand fits standard U.S. sizes for men, women and kids based on unisex sizing. They are only available in whole sizes, but they will stretch to fit half sizes. There is a 15 mm toe allowance built into the sizing and they also fit wide widths. The boots are made to standard widths, but the materials will stretch comfortably to fit up to EE. For narrow feet, it is suggested that wearing a thicker sock or putting in an additional sockliner to take up room for a comfortable fit. The MUCK BOOT™ brand is the perfect footwear brand for those of all different professions and lifestyles.


So Many Choices: How to Choose a Handgun

Choosing the right handgun is like talking about your favorite make of vehicle with your friends. Unless you and all your friends are alike, you are going to get a different response from all of them, whether it’s Dodge, Ford, or Chevy or Smith, Sig, or Glock. Everyone has their favorite.  However, when it comes down to choosing a handgun, you should not go by manufacturer.

The Fit

I’ve read a lot of blogs and this is one thing that I have yet to see in any of them.  The fit is the most important part of selecting your handgun.  If the gun is too big or too small for your hand then your performance with that weapon is not going to be ideal.  The handgun should fit perfectly and comfortably into your hand and you should not have to make an adjustment to manipulate the magazine release or to reach the trigger.  If you have to make an adjustment then the handgun is too big for you.

The Caliber

The best caliber to pick is the biggest and loudest right?  You still have to be able to manage the weapon and control the recoil.  If you can handle a .44 magnum round, then have at it, but remember you want to choose the right caliber for the job too.  In most scenarios I recommend a 9mm, 40 caliber or .357 round.  Your average person is going to be able to handle one of those calibers with relative ease and manage the recoil to effectively get back on target.  


There are numerous manufacturers of guns out there, some have been around for a very long time and that is because they make a reliable handgun.  What makes a handgun reliable though?  This is very simple.  The average Joe or Jane, unless they are preparing for a zombie apocalypse, is not going to be out rolling around in the mud, playing in the sand, or swimming covertly up a river to take out a target.  They are going to have the gun for home protection, target practice,  in their purse or on their hip while they go to the grocery store, out to eat or down to the gas station.  If the gun goes bang every time you pull the trigger, and the round hits what you are aiming at, then it is reliable.  

Make the Choice

Maybe you like revolvers; maybe you like semi-auto, hammer or striker fire. So, which one are you going to choose?  I say pick the one you are comfortable with and like the aesthetics of.  Go to a shooting range that allows you to rent guns and shoot the handgun you are considering, you may find the handgun you were looking at is not the one for you and that revolver you said you would never carry works flawlessly and conceals very nicely under your shirt.

If you have questions about choosing a handgun, feel free to contact us at Rossford Bass Pro Shops and we will be happy to help narrow down the choices with what best fits your needs.


Jeremy Hollis

Hunting Clothing Team Leader



The Warrior Run

The Rossford Community Recreation Center, 400 Dixie Highway in Rossford, Ohio is proud to be co-hosting The Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk with Rossford Bass Pro Shops, 10000 Bass Pro Boulevard in Rossford. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. on August 23 and will start and finish at Bass Pro Shops while running throughout the Crossroads Area. "This event gives us an opportunity to help a great cause while partnering with a business that has been great for the Rossford Community, and drawing people from all over the region together for something that should be a very fun event for all in attendance," said Rossford Parks & Recreation Director, Ivan Kovacevic. “Once Ivan was approached by Leon (Wounded Warrior), we were inspired to get involved” said Bass Pro Shops Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage. “There are ways for all to get involved and help support the cause. We know that not everyone is a runner so volunteers, supporters, and sponsors are encouraged to get involved.”

 Leon Forystek, Ohio Army National Guard Captain tells his story, “When I returned home from Afghanistan back in 2013, I was nervous to return back to civilian life. I didn't know what to do, how to function, or what the first step was to actually being normal. If you had seen me walking down the street, you may never have guessed that I suffer the silent wound. The wound that still haunts our veterans today; a wound that has led hundreds of veterans to commit suicide. I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and I am a Wounded Warrior. Thousands of veterans return home and somewhat feel the same way I do. When people hear of wounded warriors, they think that it's the veteran in the wheel chair or the old man with the cane coming out of the VA center. So I came up with an idea about spreading the word to others and educating them in what a wounded warrior is all about. So I expressed my ideas to both The Bass Pro Shop and Rossford Rec Center and we came up with the up and coming Warrior Run (and walk) 5K”, said Captain Forystek.

Captain Forystek continued, “I want people to know that it goes beyond a veteran in a wheel chair or the old man with a cane”, Leon continues with his story. “Our Wounded Warriors come from all over the world; they can be male or female; young or old; short or tall; vegetarian or meat eater. The injuries are one or a combination of many types of wounds, some invisible or others that stand out. Wounded veterans can range from being burn victims, single/double/triple/quadruple amputee, suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, gun/knife wounds, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and so on. Every injury is different and not one is the same, which is why I want to share my story and get the word out to educate others. In the long run, that word could potentially help a veteran in need of a friend, a hug, trip to the VA, someone to just listen to, or provide a place to stay.  Every injury is different, but the Wounded Warrior Project sees every veteran as one, Warriors!”

"Hopefully it is something we can build on year after year well into the future." Kovacevic also mentioned that this event is the culmination of an exciting week in the City of Rossford that also includes the Annual Rossford Riverfest on Saturday August 22 at Veteran's Memorial Park in Rossford. The Rossford Parks & Recreation Department will again be using the help of the Toledo Roadrunners organization in promoting the race to its members. The Rossford Recreation Rudolph Run held each December in the downtown streets of Rossford draws about 200 participants to their event. "We are hoping that this event can grow beyond the success our other races have had as this is a very important cause that benefits an organization that gives so much to the individuals who have sacrificed so much as they fought to protect our nation's freedoms," said Kovacevic.

The Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk is open to all ages. Anyone who preregisters for $20 are guaranteed a T-Shirt if their registration is post-marked by August 15. Members of the military, active, retired, or veterans will receive a $3.00 discount. Purple Heart recipients will run free. If you miss the preregister date, forms can still be turned in or filled out on race day for $25. A limited number of T-Shirts will be available on race day. For registration forms, please visit http://rossfordrecreation.com/rcrc/warrior-run or sign up online at imathlete.com. Registration forms should be mailed to Rossford Recreation, 400 Dixie Highway, Rossford, Ohio 43460. For volunteer sign ups, please contact Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage (419)-891-3900. For any other information, please call the Rossford Recreation Center at (419)-666-2905.


Amazing Wallye Fishing on Lake Erie


I'd say fishing is as hot as the weather is! What a great June we have had with many BIG hawgeye walleye in the mix along with many sublegal fish also. As we move into July down here on the western end of Lake Erie, it is great to look back and see what kind of a great season this is shaping up to be. The big target species, walleye, have been biting excellent this year and are filling up coolers with lots of big fish.

Over the last month fishing has been phenomenal and I do not see a reason for it to slow down. Walleye are scattered out over a wide area ranging from the NW side of West Sister all the way to the Islands, up along the U.S./Canadian line. With smaller, good eating fish, in the 15-22 inch range scattered over a wide area it leaves hope that there will be a good walleye bite into July. These fish will continue to feed in the open water areas they are in now for a majority of the season, as some of the other fish will move up on the reefs to find a quick snack. With great bug hatches in June the walleye have been feeding heavily and are all over the place in the open deeper mud bottom areas. Casting any gold bladed worm harness, lead by a 3/4 oz. egg sinker should get you a few bites if you are casting. Many will move to trolling to cover some water this time of year moving to mostly spoons on tru-trip divers run at a variety of depths. I prefer Yeck spoons in any pinks and purples. Other than great walleye fishing as always there are many other species to tug on your line, such as bass, catfish, and panfish will also continue to bite well through July.


Bass fishing has also been great this year for largemouth and smallmouth in a variety of locations. Largemouth fishing should continue to be a top pick and tossing a frog in shallow areas in the mornings and evenings will get you some good fun! White bass will also begin to bite on piers and rocky shores in the morning and evening as they push the bait fish to the shore for easy, fast fishing. Cat fishing will also be great on any given evening or night basically anywhere that there is water. In other words, Lake Erie is not going to let you down if your want to spend some time fishing. If you're looking to get up and fish this year, swing by Bass Pro Shops in Rossford, Ohio for all the equipment you will need and call Sea Breeze Charters at (877)616-7780 and book your trip with me!

Capt. Jonny Fickert


How to Shop for the Perfect Pair of Costa Sunglasses

Costa is a top notch brand when it comes to sunglasses and fishing on the water. They have technologies that blow away all other sunglasses brands with options best for all different types of outdoor activities.

When shopping for Costa Sunglasses, the first way to breakdown decisions is by choosing glass lenses or plastic lenses. Glass lenses have the greatest clarity and are scratch resistance which is perfect when you only have that dirty fish towel to wipe your sunglasses off with. Plastic lenses are more lightweight than glass lenses which can seem more comfortable. They are also impact resistant and extremely durable.

Glass lenses and plastic lenses are broken down by 400P, 580P, 400G and 580G. The 400P (400 plastic) consists of 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. The 580P (580 plastic) has 100% UV blockage and 100% polarized for superior clarity, Costa C-WALL™ coating repels oils, water, dust, and scratches, and patented technology blocks blue and yellow light for better clarity and color. The 400G (400 glass) contains 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. Lastly, the 580G (580 glass) has 100% UV blockage & 100% polarized for superior clarity, patented technology enhances colors by blocking yellow light, and eliminates haze and blur by blocking blue light. Based on customer feedback received in the Rossford Bass Pro Shops, on a scale from least clear to best clarity is as follow: 400P, 400G and 580P and 580P.

The next step is choosing the best lens color for the sunglasses. Costa sells a variety of 7 different lens colors to tackle any activities for your lifestyle. Common for our area are blue and green mirror lenses. Blue mirror lenses are gray based. The encapsulated mirrors deliver superior contrast and color in full sun while eliminating glare making them perfect for activities on open water especially on Lake Erie. Gray lenses maintain color saturation and natural contrast in medium to bright sun conditions. They are an all-around great choice, but are perfect for sports on water and land. Green mirror lenses are copper and amber based and their encapsulated mirrors offer enhanced visual activity. They are perfect for fishing inshore such as flats, rivers, and streams especially on the Maumee River. Copper lenses cut glares and enhance contrast and color, providing eye comfort in any condition. They are the perfect fit for sight fishing and everyday activities such as driving. Amber lenses are another color that are perfect for everyday activities, driving, and sight fishing because they are an excellent all-around lens that delivers the brightest field of vision. Silver mirror lenses are copper based with encapsulated mirrors to optimize light transmissions and enhance colors. They are perfect for freshwater sight fishing and any outdoor activity with variable light. The last lens color is sunrise. They are a high contrast specialty lens, allowing maximum light transmission which are perfect in low lights and to see more clearly during early morning or late afternoon prime fishing hours. These lenses do not pass ANSI Z80.3 traffic signal recognition and are not to be used for driving.


Once you have your lenses picked out, its time to choose the frames. Sure, a pair of sunglasses might look great, but how do they fit? Costa hinges, temples and nose pads are top of the line. Pushing the limits and rethinking what's possible. This attitude guides how they design their frames and choose the materials they use to make them. Wire core temples provide stability and durability that's adjustable with a simple tweak for the perfect fit. Co-injected templates utilize tough nylon and Hydrolite™ and fuse them together to make Costa’s most hardcore frames. Most makers glue or slip such material together to make a frame, but with Costa's co-injected frames the two materials literally become one. The result is a frame that grips the skin the more you sweat.The next part is the Stainless Steel Hinges. Costa hinges cost more than some of their competitors' entire frames. They are made of stainless steel so as to resist corrosion and they are flexible so that they keep their shape and adjust perfectly when worn. Lastly is the corrosion-resistant alloy that Costa uses in their metal frames and rimless sunglasses is a super tough material called Monel®. We know that you'll likely spend some time on the water and in humid environments; therefore, Monel® is up for the challenge.

Costa produces 58 frame styles in sizes small, medium, large and extra large which come in 54 colors. Frame colors depend on the frame style availability. In small sizes, Rossford Bass Pro Shops has Islamorada, KC, and Stringer frames. In medium sizes are Austin, Ballast, Caballito, Fantail, Fathom,Hammock, Inlet, Jose, La Mar, Loreto, Luke, Manta, Pluma, and Sea Fan frames. In large sizes are Blackfin, Boga, Brine, Cat Cay, Conch, Corbina, Cortez, Cut, Destin, Harpoon, Hatch, Indio, Isabela, Rooster, Saltbreak, South Point, Triple Tail, Tuna Alley, and Zane frames. In extra large are Cayan, Fisch, Hamlin, Mag Bay, Man-O-War, Permit, and Rockport frames.

Costas are built by hand and backed for life. If you have a manufacturing defect, the repair shop will fix them for a warranty processing fee of $11.95 to get you back on the water as soon as possible. They will be fixed by completing these steps:

  1. Complete a profile on the Costa website.
  2. Fill out the online repair form.
  3. Print the provided shipping label and send Costa your sunglasses.
  4. Costa will inspect them and give you options for getting them fixed.

In order to get Costa prescription sunglasses you must follow these steps:

  1. Go to your local Costa authorized prescription (Rx) retailer and ask for Costas. Not sure where to go? Feel free to use the Costa store locator. Look for the Costa Rx Logo under Dealer Type.
  2. Choose your frame and lens while there.
  3. Once completed, your Costa Rx lens will have the Costa lens etching and will come with an authenticity card. This authenticity card guarantees that your prescription Costas are the same great quality as non-prescription Costas.

Dress like a Pro, Fish like a Pro



Columbia Performance Fishing Gear is the perfect line of products for any angler on any fishing trip. There are clothing options for men, women and kids that vary from shirts and pants to hats and gloves to shoes. PFG Clothing uses various Columbia technologies in the clothing to ensure a comfortable fit that protects you.Omni-Shade Technology Illustration


Each of the PFG products have Omni-Shade, sun protection. The SPF strength varies by product, but the clothing blocks UV rays with tight weave construction, UV absorbers and UV reflectors.  It has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. The best part is, unlike sunscreen, you never have to reapply any lotion or spray.


Omni-Wick Technology Illustration

The products also have Omni-Wick technology. This takes the moisture away from the body and allows perspiration to evaporate quickly. You stay dry and comfortable. When fishing in the rain, no matter how strong the storm, you will be guaranteed to dry quickly.


Some of the men's clothing have Omni-Freeze Zero sweat activated cooling Omni-Freeze Zero Technology Illustrationtechnology in them. As you sweats, the shirt reacts by cooling the material of the clothing causing you to also cool down. It also has accelerated wicking to keep you dry similar to the Omni-Wick technology.




Kid's Clothing


Women's Clothing


Men's Clothing



On June 12, 2015 at our Rewards Night, all members who make Columbia PFG purchases will receive 5X the rewards points on those products when using their rewards card! Be sure to stop in and check them out!


Be the Deadliest Hunter with New Scent Lok Clothing

The 2015 hunting season is just around the corner, and with a new season typically comes new clothing and this year is no exception.  The new Scent Lok Savannah Crosshair an early season system, Full Season Velocity a mid-season system, and the Vortex Windproof a late season systems have arrived at Bass Pro Shops in Rossford.  The Scent Lok brand may look different this year, but it is the same Scent Lok product people have come to know and love.

The Savannah system has been redesigned for the upcoming season.  Scent Lok has “stripped away” the features that are not needed during the warmer season.  The jacket has a grand total of three pockets, 2 hip and one chest pocket, harness access in the back just below the collar, and stretch fit cuffs to help keep scent locked in.  The pants have 6 pockets total, a side waist adjuster, and to help improve flexibility they have an inner thigh gusset and articulated knees.  Okay, so what is a gusset and what are articulated knees? Right?  The thigh gusset helps to enlarge and strengthen that area of the pant and the articulated knees allow the pant to have a more normal bend, unlike the popular straight leg pants.  This allows them to be more comfortable because they fit more naturally.

The Full Season Velocity which is still the most popular and most versatile system according to Scent Lok, is rated as a mid-season system, but is ideal for the later months because of the micro-fleece liner.   The jacket and pants both have a brushed shell to help a hunter remain silent and are DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treated to resist light rain or morning dew.  Remember that DWR, does not mean waterproof.  It just means that the garment is resistant to water and if you are sitting in the stand and find yourself in a steady rain, eventually the water is going to penetrate the clothing and you are going to get wet.   The jacket has a safety harness access in the back at the base of the collar, a total of five pockets (3 exterior and 2 interior) and stretch fit cuffs to keep scent locked away.  The pants have 8 pockets with easy access openings, a gripper waist for a more secure fit, and an inner thigh gusset for better flexibility.

The Vortex Windproof late season system is a windproof fleece system.  Most fleece clothing allows a good wind to get through, however the Vortex System has a windproof barrier between two layers of fleece, of which the inner layer provides the warmth and the outer layer helps repel moisture.   The jacket has two waist pockets, elastic wrists to keep the wind out and scent in, and a safety harness access in the back just below the collar.  The pants have a 7 pocket design, elastic waistband, and a fly opening with a snap.

All of the systems will be available in Real Tree Xtra and the new Mossy Oak Break Up Country patterns.  For now we only have the new Mossy Oak pattern on the Savannah and Full Season systems in the store.  As of the time I wrote this Scent Lok only has the Vortex in Real Tree Xtra listed on their website.  All of the systems are made with Scent Lok’s patented Carbon Alloy Scent Control System.

It’s never too early to prepare for the next season, so come in to Bass Pro Shops Rossford and check out the Scent Lok line. Remember, some scent control is good, but a full scent control system allows you to be deadly.


Jeremy Hollis

Hunting Clothing Team Leader


Fish Frying: A Tasty Meal Without the Mess

Uncle Buck's Fish Batter has a variety of options to meet the needs of all fish lovers. If you love that hint of lemon, then lemon pepper fish batter is for you. We also have a light and krispy flavor and beer batter. If you want that spicy kick to your fish, then try the hot & spicy! If spiciness isn't your thing, we have the mild flavor or the good ole original fish batter.

Riceland Fish Fry Oil gives your fried fish a light, crispy taste. The 100% Rice Bran Oil is naturally gluten free with 0 mg cholesterol and 0 g trans fat per serving. It has a high smokepoint, is non-hydrogenated and stable and long-lasting. The best part is, the rice is grown in the USA!

The Bass Pro Shops Cast Iron Fish Fryer is perfect for frying fish. The heavy-duty outdoor cooker is built to last with its cast iron burner. It has an 18" tall steel base that is a portable cooking machine to take anywhere as long as you bring propane. The base has adjustable safety brackets to keep the 6.5 quart dutch oven pot in place over the burner. The fry pot makes cooking more simple and keeps food from burning due to its superior head distribution and easy oil temperature regulation. The aluminum strainer basket features a coated handle for cool handing. The cooker also comes with a CSA-approved regulator and hose and a 5" deep-fry thermometer.

Now you can use the Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Batter Box to bread or batter an entire fryer-load all at one time. It's a quick, clean and simple way to prepare your fish. The Batter Box has a removable sifter that keeps the food being breaded out of the dry mix which prevents it from clumping up. The separation ensures an even coating over your fish, vegetables or other meat. It is also perfect for marinating! With its tabbed handle for easy lift-top opening and its powerful locking lid, you know it is built to last. It's also the perfect size that fits on a refrigerator shelf and is even dishwasher safe!

Step 1: Pour Uncle Bucks Fish Batter into the base of the Uncle Bucks Batter Box.

Step 2: Place fish on top of the sifter.

Step 3: Shake it!

Step 4: Move battered fish into the Cast Iron Fish Fryer.

Step 5: Enjoy your evenly battered fried fish!


Cool Down in the Sun

Whether you fish, hike, golf, garden or run, the Columbia Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter (92% polyester/8% elastane) is a product for consideration. The neck gaiter consists of a sweat-activated cooling technology which is perfect for any hot, sunny summer activity. The Omni-Freeze™ technology reacts with moisture which lowers fabric temperature giving a cooling relief. The Omni-Shade™ technology blocks a UPF rating of 50. It guards your neck and face from the brutal summer sun.



Wear the Columbia Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter around your neck, under your hat, over your face or as a headband! No matter which way you wear it, expect sun protection with a cool sensation.



A Few Tips for the Walleye Run

     As spring time approaches and all our ice is melting, anglers in northern Ohio have a great opportunity for some excellent walleye fishing.  In many of the Lake Erie tributaries, walleye will begin to migrate as the waters begin to warm up to spawn.  In particular in my area, the Maumee and Sandusky rivers are the primary areas that anglers target as the walleye move up these rivers to spawn.  There are many access areas to both of these rivers.  However, the key to catching these walleyes is location and understanding what to look for in these "key" areas.

     Rather than getting into lures, gear and setup, I would rather focus on some other important factors for catching these walleye.  When the walleye move into the river to stage for the spawn, they are going to look for gravel/rocky areas to spawn.  As they move into these areas (often times around riffles), the walleye will hold in deeper holes below the riffles until they are ready to spawn.   Accessing these areas often times requires a good set of chest waders.

     Another very important factor that many people overlook is the water level.  As the river changes levels very often this time of year, it is important to look at the river predictions to determine which areas you will be able to access, as well as which areas may be too shallow to fish due to receding water.  Remember that if you walk into the river early in the day and the water was just below the top of your waders, rising water may put you in a difficult position to return.  With the cold water temperatures and current, safety needs to be the #1 priority on your mind.

     Lastly, another key factor to keep in mind is with your lure presentation.  Walleye position themselves facing into the current.  When you are fishing in this current it is important to cast upstream at approximately a 45 degree angle and let the current sweep your rig downstream.  Lure weight is key.  You want to use a weight that consistently can bounce off the bottom, but not too heavy that your lure just drags on the bottom.  It is very important to get that bottom contact.  Getting the right sweep of your lure in the current may be the difference between catching walleye and not.   I want to wish everyone luck out there this year.  Hopefully, a few of these tips will help you determine some productive areas.   Lastly, be safe out there and have fun!
Kyle Weisenburger

Bass Pro Shops

Local Pro Staff


Hop in to see the Easter Bunny!

Families are invited to celebrate Easter at Bass Pro Shops in Rossford, Ohio! Starting on March 28 through Easter on April 5, Bass Pro Shops will be hosting various events for families to enjoy.

There will be a free 4X6 photo with the Easter Bunny. Photo packages can be purchased such as the Bunny package, Jelly Bean package and Spring Package. He will be here on the following dates and times:

•    Saturdays and Sundays, March 28-29 and April 4-5   (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
•    Monday-Thursday, March 30 through April 2 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
•    Friday, April 3 (2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)


They will be hosting crafts on the weekends (March 28 & 29, April 3, 4 & 5) while supplies last. On Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, kids can color an Easter basket magnet from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Friday, April 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. kids can color a wooden bunny. Kids can Color a wooden chick on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Easter would not be complete without an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt! Kids ages 2 to 10 are invited to come in on Saturdays and Sundays, March 28 & 29, April 4 & 5 and participate. Kids will find 5 Easter eggs to turn in for candy. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the hunt will start promptly at 2:00 p.m. and will run until 3:00 p.m.

For more details, please visit www.basspro.com/rossford, check out the Rossford Bass Pro Shops Facebook page, call (419)-891-3900 and/or feel free to stop in the store.


A Sailfish Story Like No Other

In 1969, Virginia and Harold Henningsen of Oregon, Ohio went to Acapulco, Mexico for a winter vacation. Both are recreational fisherman and made the decision to test the waters of the deep seas. Neither of them spoke Spanish, but they chartered with a local crew that did not speak English. The boat they fished on did not seem very reliable and seemed as if it could sink at any moment. Even with communication barriers and undependable equipment they found success. Early to being at sea, Virginia felt a bite and set the hook. She could tell this was going to be a big catch. After hours of effort and teamwork, she reeled in the biggest catch of the whole crew’s experience. She caught a 7 foot long sailfish! The sailfish was mounted and displayed in the Henningsen home for forty years prior to the donation to Bass Pro Shops. It is now mounted and displayed in our Conservation Room in the Rossford store.

Virginia and Harold were married for 53 years and were lifelong residents of Oregon, Ohio. Together, they raised four children and welcomed 10 grandchildren.

Virginia Henningsen: December 23, 1926 - October 4, 2000

Harold Henningsen: July 28, 1923 - March 12, 2010


It's getting cold out there!

It's getting cold out there! 

Redhead Bone-Dry Canvasback Systems Wader Jacket for Men

Being a shorter version of the 4-in-1 Parka, this waist length jacket with an elastic bottom for wearing over your waders, has all the same features as the Canvasback 4-in-1 parka. It has a rugged Taslon oxford shell that has a Bone-Dry membrane making the jacket waterproof, windproof and breathable. The 100 gram ThermoLite insulation in the hood and the arms and 150 gram ThermoLite in the body, makes this jacket extremely warm. The removable liner, also has features of its own such as shot shell holders in the chest. An additional feature that makes this such a great buy, and a fantastic Christmas gift, is the Rip-stop in the shoulders and the articulated elbows. Additional features include: three piece hood, side seam adjusters, 2 large snap-close cargo pockets, magnetic closure chest pockets with hidden drainage, license loop and mesh ambidextrous shooting pad pocket. The hook ‘n’ loop cuffs with neoprene barriers are great for those frigid mornings, wading in the marsh, setting up your decoys. Just before shooting time, its starting to become light out, ducks are flying overhead, and you’re not sure whether its time to pull the trigger or not: the magnetic closure pockets are perfectly silent, allowing you to check the time without letting the birds know you are there. The Redhead Bone-Dry Canvasback Systems Wader Jacket makes a tremendous waterfowl hunting coat, and would be a great gift for that special someone for the holidays.



We're Baking Fall!

We're Baking Fall in the Uncle Bucks Kitchen!


Fall has arrived with some delicious items in our Fudge Shop!  We offer more than 30 flavors of fudge including Apple Pie, Caramel Apple Pie and Orange Chocolate Swirl.  Try one of Uncle Bucks favorite Healthy Treats such as our Caramel Apples made fresh, in-house.  Our cinnamon rolls are baked fresh each day and make a sweet treat that's hard to resist anytime!  Please stop in and Visit us in the General Store inside Bass Pro Shops, Rossford, Ohio! 

Fresh Baked Giant Cinnamon Rolls


Our wonderful Fudge artists have been hard at work creating these Halloween Treats! Stop in our Uncle Bucks Sandwich and Fudge Shop to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours. Our hand pored fudge is the best in town!  

Purchase a festive Pan to give out samples to your Trick-or-Treaters!

Do you want to be the best Trick-or-Treat stop on the block? Purchase a Pan of our Festive Fudge to pass out samples!  

Orange Chocolate Swirl


Mint Chocolate Swirl


Custome topping Caramel Apples

Pumpkin Butter


The North Face Women's Thermoball Full-Zip Jacket





Thermoball Quilt Pattern

Winter’s coming ladies, but do you want to have to pull out that heavy winter coat? The North Face Thermoball coat is a perfect choice for this season. This stylish coat is meant to be customized by you. Pick your color; cosmic blue, borealis blue, spicy orange, and TNF black; then adjust the hidden draw string to block out the cold. With a full zip front, secure zip hand pockets, banded cuffs and a tall neck, get out of here freeze! It comes in sizes from extra-small to extra-large, for your fitting needs. The Thermoball coat is designed to be lightweight with high loft clusters to retain heat. It only weighs about 10 oz. but has an equivalent of 600-fill down! The synthetic insulation is designed to imitate down even when wet! The primaloft insulation is designed in a thermoball pattern which traps the heat to keep you warm during those cold, outdoor activities. Made out of 100% nylon, it is blue sign approved, making it 100% environmentally responsible! This coat will last you a life time, and if it doesn't, it has a life- time warranty.



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 North Face Women's Thermoball Full-Zip Jacket Spicy Orange


LifeStraw Water Filter

Removes bacteria & protozoa

The LifeStraw water filter was originally developed as a tool in emergency relief to provide clean water in areas affected by conflict and natural disasters.  Most outdoorsy folks will find a use for this lightweight water filter for adventures of all kinds. The featherweight filter comes in at a whopping 2 ounces, this filter requires no pumping or chemical treatment. This revolutionary "straw" allows you to safely drink directly from a water source ( rivers, lakes, and streams) or from a bottle of untreated water.  The LifeStraw filters down to 0.2 microns and is 99.9999% effective in removing dangerous waterborne bacteria as well as 99.9% of protozoa's such as giardia and cryptosporidium. The ease of use is a major feature of the LifeStraw, you simply put the bottom of the straw into the "unsafe" water and begin drinking through the straw. Once you are done drinking LifeStraw recommends that you "regularly blow though your LifeStraw after drinking to keep the filter clean and prevent clogging" (illustrated below). LifeStraw will filter up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water and has a shelf life of 5 years, making it a great back up for emergency situations. LifeStraw is carried in stores as well online for $19.99. LifeStraw guarantees for every ten LifeStraws sold, Eartheasy will donate one to crisis-affected people in developing countries through the manufacturer’s partnership with Rotary International. We also have a tree planted for every order through partnership with Trees for the Future Foundation.


Compact and easy to use

Conveniently wearable


Drink directly from water source


OtterBox Armor Cases

OtterBox Armor Case

OtterBox  has gone to the next level with their Armor Series cases that come equipped with many military specific features. The new cases are built to take drops, dust, water and crushing force. The phone can be submerged in up to 6.6 ft of water for up to 30 minutes without effecting the device. The OtterBox can withstand a drop from 10 ft to concrete or rock. On the inside the silicone bed cushions the device and is meant to keep it in place when dropped. The outside screen protector is built to keep a waterproof seal and prevent scratches to the glass display.. The Armor Series features a reinforced plastic back that withstands up to two tons of pressure. Also featuring corrosion-resistant metal latches to secure a solid waterproof seal. It also features silicone plug covers over the headphone port and charging port ( Notice: Case will not be waterproof when charging or using the headphone jack). The case will accommodate both the iPhone 4/4s & iPhone 5.  It is available in stores for $99.99 and at Bass Pro Shops

OtterBox iPhone 4/4S Case

Fully Functional buttons while keeping out dirt, dust, and water

Silicone Headphone jack cover

iPhone 5 OtterBox Armor Case

Corrosion Resistant metal latches create waterproof seal

Industrial strength plastic can withstand 2 tons of Pressure

Silicone covers for headphone jack and charging port on iPhone 5

A unbelievable case that guarantees "no nonsense" protection of your mobile device. Check out Armor Series vs. Kayaking below to see it in use! 




Ice, Ice, Baby!

Start thinking ICE!

Bass Pro Shops Ice Fishing Weekend is Right around the Corner!


Automatic Fisherman

Our NEW Automatic Fisherman only $39.99

Automatic Fish

How the Automatic Fisherman works:
When a fish bites your bait and starts to swim away, the bobber on the line will come up to the fishing rod and get tight. The steel trigger shaft will angle down, causing the fishing rod to slide off the post and set the hook in the fish. The red trigger arm will fall out of the way to give you a tangle-free area to fight your fish. The fishing rod and the drag on the reel do the work until you grab the rod and start reeling the fish up.


Check our some of our new gear featured in our Ice Fishing section! Offering everything from snowshoes to hundreds of different ice lures, we have everything to outfit our icefisherman's outdoor needs. 

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Introduction to Fly Tying Class

White River Fly Shop

Introduction to Fly Tying

Wooly Bugger


We welcome all ages to join our experienced Fly Tying Team while we introduce the art of tying flies. You will learn the most effective tying techniques to create your own flies. We will be focusing on patterns such as dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. All materials and tools will be provided and the class will be FREE of charge. This seminar will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm in the Fly Shop. Please see any fishing associate for sign up or contact us at (419) 891-3900.



Schedule Changed: Fly Tying for Salmon and Steelhead!


Rossford's White River Fly Shop Presents our

Advanced Fly Tying Class

Featuring: Salmon and Steelhead


Our fly fishing team is excited to announce the dates for our featured steelhead and salmon tying classes. Every Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm we will be meeting in the conservation room to share our knowledge in fly tying. We will be focusing on various egg patterns, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches, and wooly buggers. This year we will ask a small fee of 10$, which will allow us to provide all the needed materials. We ask that guests bring their own vise and tools, we have limited equipment which will be lent out on a first come first serve basis. Contact the fly shop for class sign up, this will be an educational experience you don't want to miss. Phone (419) 891-3900 


These are some of the MUST HAVE flies in your box when casting a line for Salmon and Steelhead. These flies have many different color, size, and technique variations which will increase your chances in hooking the big ones.  

White Wooly Bugger

White Wooly Bugger

Purple Egg Sucking Leech

Purple/Orange Flesh Fly

Pink Sparkle Spawn Egg Pattern

Pink Sparkle Spawn Egg Pattern

Black/Pink Egg Sucking Leech

Black/Pink Egg Sucking Leech

Steak N' Eggs

Steak N' Eggs

Flesh N' Egg

Flesh N' Egg

Black/Olive Wooly Bugger

Black/Olive Wooly Bugger