Sportsman Channel Host Steve Pennaz Named to Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum

Outdoor Sportsman Group

DENVER (December 27, 2016) Sportsman Channel host Steve Pennaz will be inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum during ceremonies held March 25 at the 2017 Northwest Sport Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pennaz is the host of World Fishing Network’s Lake Commandos (Sundays at 10:30 a.m. ET)

Induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum honors individuals who make significant contributions to the sport of freshwater fishing.

“This is a great honor for a talented and gifted angler, as well as television host and communicator,” said Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks Vice President Mitch Petrie. “Steve has devoted more than 30 years to the fishing industry as a conservationist, educator and television host. It is a thrill to see him reach the pinnacle of the industry – induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.”

Pennaz, a resident of Independence, MN, has spent 30 years in the sportfishing industry where he has inspired, educated and entertained millions in people through print, social media, and the airwaves.

Pennaz got his start in 1988 as the executive director of of the North American Fishing Club. He served more than 15 years as an editor for the North American Fisherman magazine, served as a board member of conservation groups like Wildlife Forever and has been a freelance writer contributing to some of the most prestigious outdoor lifestyle industry magazines including In-Fisherman,  Bassnaster and Outdoor Life, as well an award-winning television host.

“This is a true honor and humbling experience for those who are inducted,” said Tim Lesmeister, Chairman of the Induction Committee. “The induction process is very rigorous with only a select few invited to join this small fraternity.”

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is the international headquarters for education, recognition and promotion of freshwater sportfishing. The Hall of Fame is located in Hayward, Wisconsin and opened its doors in 1980.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. #AdventureToGo


Tom Caraccioli | Outdoor Sportsman Group | 212.852.6646 |


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