Lunkerville Comes to Mountain Lake PBS

Apr 20, 2011

Lunkerville, the fishing show that features real people with real fish stories, will begin airing on Mountain Lake PBS beginning May 7th. Currently in its sixth season, Lunkerville will be broadcast weekly on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. The show also airs internationally on the World FIshing Network.

Unlike most fishing shows where the host is the expert, Lunkerville’s “Mike D” is not — he’s a filmmaker and a fishing enthusiast in search of everyday anglers with a passion for bass fishing and a little – or big – personality.

Each week, Mike D shows up at his guest’s secret spot with nothing but curiosity and a cameraman. His guests are the experts and Mike spends the day finding out who they are and learning how to fish on their boat with their gear. And sometimes, the story isn’t always about fishing! Shot with his filmmaker’s eye and touch, every episode is treated as a short documentary film.  In 2009, Lunkerville earned a CINE Golden Eagle for documentary filmmaking; one of the most coveted awards in television.

“PBS has always been synonymous with quality programming,” says Michael de Avila (“Mike D”), Lunkerville’s host and co-producer, who couldn’t be more pleased with the association. “We film so many episodes in the Mountain Lake PBS viewing area that it’s great to broaden our audience reach beyond sportsmen because Lunkerville is not only about fishing, it’s entertainment for the whole family.”

“Mountain Lake PBS is thrilled to be presenting a New York based fishing program to the Lake Champlain and St. Lawrence Valley areas. Our region is well recognized as one of North America’s greatest fishing areas and Lunkerville is great way for us to celebrate that legacy,” said Colin Powers, Director of Programming and Production at Mountain Lake PBS.

About Lunkerville: 
When Indie film director Michael de Avila hooked his passion for story telling onto his love of bass fishing, he spawned an award-winning reality television show, Lunkerville. While other fishing shows rely on fast-paced pro-tournament competition, host “Mike D” casts his line at everyday, recreational bass fishermen, traveling to their secret spots and sharing their special techniques. In his signature laid-back manner, he reels in the camaraderie, the banter and the bass. Now in its sixth season, there’s never a dull moment on Lunkerville, the show that catches real people with real fish stories — maybe even you! For more information on Lunkerville, visit

About Mountain Lake PBS: 
Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children. 
Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.