North American Fisherman
North American Fishing Club's North American Fisherman television show targets your favorite fish each week with nationally-known experts Steve Pennaz, Karen Savik, Buzz Ramsey and George Liddle. On Doc Talk, renowned fisheries biologist Dr. Hal Schramm tackles issues related to our fisheries. Weekly Knot Wars pit the most popular fishing knots in head-to-head competition to determine which is the best.
To Steve Pennaz, nothing tastes better than pan-fried walleye or fights harder than giant yellowfin tuna. Pin him down and he may claim the king salmon is his favorite fish, but he truly loves catching walleye, is a leading expert on pike and medaled in both World Ice Fishing Championships he has fished. For the past 21 years, Pennaz has been Executive Director of the 440,000-member North American Fishing Club. For 14 of those years he served as editor of North American Fisherman magazine. His resume also lists stints as columnist for two newspapers, seminar speaker, radio personality, award-winning photographer and author or editor of several books on fishing. As host of "North American Fisherman" television show on Versus, Pennaz he has fished in more than 30 states, nearly all of the Canadian Provinces (Nova Scotia is next), Central America (almost eaten by a shark in Costa Rica), South America and Scandinavia. He spends anywhere from 75 to 100 days a year on the water. Steve's work has won awards from several organizations including Outdoor Writers Association of America, Association of Great Lake Outdoor Writers and Minnesota Monthly Magazine Publishers Association. He is a long-time board member of Wildlife Forever, a non-profit dedicated to preserving fish and wildlife habitat. Steve met his wife, Karen, at a tackle show. They live in Independence, Minnesota, with their daughter, Maddie, 11, and son, Pierce, 8.