This “Hard Core” fishing show in its 3rd year of existence is designed to be an “event” where attendees can spend all 3 days at versus the normal couple hour “walkthrough” shows that they are used to attending. The Show Facility provides a unique blend of a spacious Exhibitor Event Center connected to a multitude of conference rooms all utilizing “State of the Art” technology providing the most education of any Fishing show in the Great Lakes. A recent 2015 study found that over 15% of the US Population ages 6 and over participated in fishing in 2014 (second most popular outdoor activity among adults) with over 5% of them being new to fishing in 2014. With our location having one of, if not the best, most diversified year around fisheries anywhere in the United States, we have a very large number of Anglers to draw from within a 2 hour drive or less of the show. Top flight Exhibitors, Retailers, Speakers, Seminars, Kids Activities all in a location within a 5 minute walk to Niagara Falls, has already made our Show the largest Freshwater Fishing show in New York State and the largest Fishing show on Lake Ontario.
The majority of the Exhibitors are fishing related and relevant to the Great Lakes and other waterways within a 2 hour drive. They consist of Fishing Manufacturers, Retailers, Guides, Outfitters, Marine Electronics, Boats, Kayaks, Marinas, Clubs and other related Fishing Businesses of interest to our targeted attendees. They cover all aspects of both our “Cold” (Salmon & Trout) and “Warm” (Walleye, Bass, Perch, Musky) water fisheries along with Ice Fishing. In addition, since most Fishermen also enjoy Hunting and other outdoor activity, there are a number of Exhibitors that fulfill this area of interest for our attendees. On Sunday, there is also the LOTSA (Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association) Marketplace which features mainly used tackle and gear at “flea market” prices.
The Quality & Quantity of our Seminars & Speakers is what differentiates our show for the others. We feel that education is something that is desired by every Angler from the most experienced to those novices just starting out and the “passing on” of fishing knowledge is one of our ways of giving back to the Fishery. We offer over 10 concurrent seminars throughout the show put on by well know local and regional experts knowledgeable in fishing WNY waterways. The highlight of this education is the WNY Fishing Academy which offers anglers the opportunity to attend over 100 free classes targeted for novice, youth or experienced anglers. The Curriculum includes the following:
Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon
Lake Erie Walleye
Lake Ontario & Erie Tributary Trout
Erie, Ontario and Inland Lakes Bass
Lake Erie Perch
Niagara River & Chautauqua Lake Musky
Marine Electronics & Boat Rigging
In addition to the Academy, the show will also host the LOTSA Salmon School, Ultimate Marine Electronics Clinic and the Super Walleye Clinic for the Fishermen along with numerous Seminars on Hunting & other Outdoor interests throughout the show.
Through a variety of kid friendly activities and events we strive to instill an appreciation for the outdoors. Through appreciation comes conservation of our precious environment. Your kids can spend all day in our shooting trailer, fish pond, casting area, and ice fishing academy . We also feature an animal and bird showcase.
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. New restaurants have added to the menu selection such as Tony Roma’s and Rainforest Cafe. The family atmosphere at the Expo and around the area make 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; 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. 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. 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. 22-24, 2016 of course! Another excellent resource is Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. at www.niagara-usa.com. Don’t forget that there’s plenty of free parking in three major lots on all sides of the Conference and Event Center. See you there!