This “pure” fishing show is designed to be an “event” where attendees can spend a long weekend enjoying and learning about your favorite pastime versus the normal one or two hour “walk through” shows that many are used to attending. Now in our 4th year, the show continues to grow toward becoming one of the best “fishing” shows in all of the Great Lakes. With over 200 fishing exhibitor booths and over 3,000 hours of “fishing” education provided to attendees at our January 2016 show, we are the largest freshwater “fishing” show in New York State and among the largest fishing shows anywhere in the Great Lakes.
The Show Facility – the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls – provides a unique blend of a spacious Exhibitor Event Center, multiple additional side rooms and a multitude of conference/seminar rooms all utilizing “State of the Art” technology. The core of the show is built around providing sportfishing education to all attendees. The core belief of our show is that education is the most important thing we can do to continue to grow the sport of fishing. We believe that by providing a significant amount of education, we will recruit new anglers including the next generation to the sport as well as the knowledge for existing anglers to increase their enjoyment for the time they spend on the water by being more successful.
We take great pride in offering a multi-species fishing show with many well-known fishing manufacturers, local and regional fishing retailers, local fishing guides and outfitters, family-friendly fishing trips, discounted tackle, the best local fishing boat dealers, kayak fishing watercraft, marine electronics, local fishing clubs and much more. The show highlights the rich waters of Western New York which offers up to anglers one of the most productive and diversified year round freshwater fisheries on the planet!
More and more, some of the top fishing manufacturers are choosing to attend the Expo to show off their latest products, talk one-on-one with the anglers in attendance and provide their experts to deliver some of the seminars. They cover all aspects of “cold” (salmon and trout) and “warm” (walleye, bass and perch) water fisheries along with ice fishing - which are of interest to our targeted attendees.
Both large and small retailers have booths at the show selling their products, many at show special prices. It’s a great opportunity to generate sales in January from the almost-all fishing-oriented crowd that attends. This is not an “outdoor show” that has some fishing in it. This is a fishing show that was developed by anglers, for anglers. As a result, we attract a very focused audience looking for fishing-related products and fishing education. With our location having one of, if not the best, most diversified year-round fisheries anywhere in the United States, we target our attendees from the over 500,000 fishermen who reside within a 2-hour drive of the show. We have found that the attendees stay at the show for a much longer duration due to the many free seminars throughout the day; and many make it an event to attend for multiple days. This type of environment results in a much larger opportunity for sales for all of the exhibitors.
The quality and quantity of our seminars and speakers is what differentiates our show from the others. Most anglers target multiple different species through a variety of methods over the course of the year. Education offerings are targeted at novice, casual and diehard fishermen and women by some of the best in the business who call the nearby lakes, rivers and streams their home. From bass and walleye to salmon and trout; from perch to piers, stream casters to trolling nuts; from fly fishing to ice fishing – there is a little bit if everything for every type of angler and level of expertise.
We feel that education is something that is desired by every angler – from the most experienced to those novices just starting out. The “passing on” of fishing knowledge is one of our ways of giving back to the fishery and the area. The highlight of this education is the Western New York Fishing Academy which offers anglers the opportunity to attend over 100 free classes. The Curriculum of Class topics includes the following areas:
Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon
Lake Erie Walleye
Lake Ontario & Erie Tributary Trout
Erie, Ontario and Inland Lakes Bass
Lake Erie Perch
Marine Electronics & Boat Rigging
Getting Kids involved with Fishing
In addition to the Academy, the show will also host the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) Salmon School, The Ultimate Marine Electronics Clinic and the Super Walleye Clinic along with numerous other fishing and outdoor interests throughout the show.
We are excited to partner with Clam Outdoors and Ice Team to create a full-scale Ice Fishing “Show within a Show.” There are thousands of Ice Anglers (4th largest market in the country) within an easy drive of our expo who have had to travel long distances in the past to attend an Ice Fishing expo dedicated to their needs. We plan on filling this need by offering the North East Region “Ice Jam.” It will consist of some of the leading ice fishing manufacturers and retailers showing, talking and selling the latest in ice fishing gear. In keeping with the theme of our overall fishing expo, a wide range of ice fishing education will be offered that is relevant to our local/regional waterways in NYS and Canada. Whether you are a novice just starting out or an expert looking for a few tips to put a couple of extra fish on the ice, there will be offerings for you. Education will range from one-on-one instruction with simulated ice fishing tanks to classroom education taught by some of the best ice fishing educators in the country headlined by a true ice fishing legend, Dave Genz. There is no additional admission charge to attend the Ice Jam as it is covered with admission to the full expo.
New for 2017, we will be offering Lower River Trout Trips at “Show Special” pricing. Break out of those winter blues and start your 2017 season off right by catching steelhead, browns and lake trout while drifting the Lower Niagara River with experienced guides. If you are attending the show and always wanted to try out the World Class Winter Fishery in the Lower River, you can reserve your spot through this web site.
If you love to fish, you will love this show. It has everything for the fisherman and then some. Whether you are just getting into it or you are more experienced and looking to upgrade rods, reels, marine electronics, tackle, boat and motor, kayak, book a charter/guide fishing trip, join a local fishing club, learn to clean and cook your catch or just be around a lot of fishermen who have the same passion for fishing that you do, this show is for you. With plenty of parking and reasonably priced admission and food/lodging available at offseason rates in Niagara Falls, this is a “can’t miss” event to attend.
In support of our effort to introduce future generations of anglers to the sport of fishing, all children age 10 and under who attend the Expo with a paying adult will receive free admission (limit two children per paying adult). We will offer a variety of kid friendly activities and events that will strive to instill an appreciation for the outdoors. Through appreciation comes conservation of our precious environment.
The Greater Niagara Region is home to one of the most diverse and spectacular freshwater sport fisheries on the planet. The Niagara River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie are all within casting distance for salmon, trout, bass, walleye, muskellunge and so much more. You can fish for many of these species year-round. But the area is much more than that – from the natural wonder of Niagara Falls to a long list of natural, historical and adventure- related attractions – even in the winter!
Niagara USA is an excellent area for birding, recognized internationally as an Important Bird Area in the Niagara River Corridor. Because the Niagara River never freezes, a wide variety of water birds will winter over to take advantage of these waters as a food resource. Gulls, terns, ducks, herons, raptors and geese abound. A Niagara River Greenway is currently being developed from Buffalo to Youngstown. Add in biking, hiking, boating and all the paddle sports to satisfy your outdoor needs, too. Hunting is an interesting option as well.
Niagara Falls is an attraction that can be seen year-round, but winter is definitely off-peak when the Expo is being held. This is a perfect time to take advantage of the downtown area by attending the Expo. Quality hotels surrounding the Conference and Event Center are nearby (including several new ones). New restaurants have added to the menu selection such as Tony Roma’s, Rainforest Café, Third Street Retreat Eatery and Pub, Power City Eatery and Marino’s Subs. The family atmosphere at the Expo and around the area makes it the perfect combination for young and old alike. Winter attractions outside of Niagara Falls proper include the Aquarium of Niagara Falls; the Culinary Institute of Niagara; the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino; Old Fort Niagara; the New York Power Authority Power Vista (with revamped exhibits that are amazing!); the Herschell Carrousel Museum, and much, much more. Interested in shopping? Fashion Outlets of Niagara offers up more than 200 designer brand stores just 10 minutes from the mighty Cataracts.
From spring to fall, Niagara Falls State Park is still center stage, offering up the historic and spectacular Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds and unique viewing perspectives from Goat Island and other areas of the park. Not all of the attractions are open in the winter, but work is underway to make the Cave of the Winds a year-round viewing spectacle. Heading north, more viewing options are available at Whirlpool State Park, Devil’s Hole State Park, Artpark State Park, Joseph Davis State Park and Fort Niagara State Park. Moving out from Niagara Falls will take you to other attractions within the region. The Erie Canal Historic Corridor affords outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating and paddling. In Lockport, Lockport Locks and Canal Tours and the Lockport Caves headline the list of interesting attractions along with the Flight of Five. The Niagara Wine Trail is one of the fastest growing trails of its kind in the country, while tasty culinary delights at farms and restaurants tickle your taste buds throughout Western New York.
The best place to be to find out about all of this information? The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo set for Jan. 20-22, 2017 of course! Another excellent resource is Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. at www.niagara-usa.com. See you there!
Friday 1 pm - 8 pm
Sat 9 am - 7 pm
Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
We can't wait to see you!