"Teaching Fishing" is what this show was built around and what makes it unique from other events of this kind. The show facility - the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls - provides a unique blend of being able to offer a spacious Exhibitor Event Center, as well as a multitude of seminar rooms all utilizing "State of the Art" technology. Utilizing these rooms plus the Hawg Trough provides the seating capacity to educate over 1,200 attendees across 20 different Fishing related classes, targeting different topics/levels of expertise. The classes are taught by local and regional experts very knowledgeable in fishing Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and local waterways. Each class is developed for a specific level of expertise including:
1. Beginner / Casual Level - The angler who is just starting out or who has limited knowledge on the topic. Attending these classes will dramatically shorten the learning curve required to have fishing success and provide the opportunity for attendees to save some "Tackle $$" by purchasing what they really need to get started.
2. Experienced Level - The angler with some experience on the topic who is looking to pick up additional knowledge from more experienced anglers that will enable them to make tweaks to their program to increase their success.
3. Expert / Tournament Angler - The "diehard" angler who is looking to increase their knowledge and skills on the topic by taking "advanced" classes taught by some of the best of the best anglers on the water.
Our previous show offered attendees the opportunity to attend over 200 free classes with the average attendee taking advantage of the opportunity to increase their fishing knowledge by attending over 7 classes during the duration of the Expo. The core belief of the show is that it is making a difference toward the effort to grow the sport of fishing by providing a vast amount of fishing education to our attendees. By providing this education, this show will recruit new anglers, including the next generation, to the sport as well as providing existing anglers the fishing knowledge to increase their enjoyment of the time they spend on the water by being more successful. The education also allows anglers to diversify to include other species and tactics if they so desire.
With over 200 free classes included with the price of show admission (a great deal for the $10 show admission price) along with some more intense Clinics and Schools, every attendee should be able to find multiple classes to attend that will improve their fishing skills for this coming fishing season. The curriculum schedule can be viewed by selecting the Education menu item on this web site includes classes on the following:
1. Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon
2. Lake Erie & Inland Lake Walleye
3. Lake Erie, Ontario & Inland Lakes Bass
4. Lake Ontario & Erie Tributary Trout
5. Lake Erie & Inland Lakes Perch
6. Marine Electronics & Boat Rigging
7. Kayak Fishing
8. Fly Fishing
9. Casting Techniques
10. Youth Fishing
11. Women Fishing
12. Fisheries Management / General Fishing
Beginner Fishing Schools
The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is partnering with Clubs / Exhibitors at the show who are aligned with the show's goal of "Teaching Fishing" to the Beginner angler to help recruitment them into a particular component of the Fishery (i.e. Fly Fishing, Walleye Fishing, Kayak Fishing, Women Fishing, etc.). The Beginner School will have a curriculum of a logical series of topics that will provide attendees with the basic knowledge they will need to be successful during the upcoming season. These topics will be taught at a beginner level by multiple instructors who provide their subject matter expertise during the 4+ hour School. These schools are for everyone, women, men and young adults 12 years and older. The number of attendees will be kept to a maximum of 40 to insure the best learning experience for all attendees.
The attendees will learn the basics from the "ground floor up" including:
1.The gear necessary including rods, reels, line, casting, boat set up, knots, baits, etc.
2.The fish and their behaviors
3.The techniques to use starting out
4.The "where" locations and "when" timing to be successful
5.Personal safety and conservation of the resource
We feel that these dedicated Schools will provide a much more effective learning experience and increase the overall quality of the show's education offerings. They also require much more work to put on so there will be a limited number of them. Pre-registration thru the Show web site will be required. There is a nominal fee ($40) that will include at least a full 4-day pass for the show a show and a voucher for use on food at the show, among other possible offerings including tackle for goodie bags, door prizes and discount vouchers all from our Exhibitors on the floor. For those just starting out, you will be very well satisfied with the return on you $40 investment.
The Schools currently scheduled to be offered at the 2022 Show are as follows:
Beginner Fly Fishing School - Saturday February 19, 2022 from 8 am - 12:30 pm
Sponsored by the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International (LEC-FFI)
Click here for more detail on the School
Signup available in September
Beginner Open Lake Trout & Salmon Fishing School - Saturday February 19, 2022 from 8 am - 12:30 pm OR Sunday February 20, 2022 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.
Sponsored by the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA)
More detail on the School COMING SOON!
Signup available in September
Beginner Bass Fishing School - Saturday February 19, 2022 from 1 pm to 5:30 pm
Sponsored by the WNY Bassmasters
More detail on the School COMING SOON!
Signup available in September
Beginner Walleye Walleye Fishing School - Saturday February 19, 2022 from 8 am - 12:30 pm OR Sunday February 20, 2022 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.
Sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association (SWA)
More detail on the School COMING SOON!
Signup available in September
Beginner Kayak Fishing School - Saturday February 19, 2022 from 1pm - 5:30 pm
Sponsored by New York Kayak Bass Fishing (NYKBF)
More detail on the School COMING SOON!
Signup available in September
LOTSA 2022 Salmon School
Attention Great Lakes Salmon Fishermen! The Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) is proud to (once again) host its well-known in-depth Salmon School on Saturday, February 19, 2022. This highly acclaimed school, now in its 13th year, has become the premier Salmon School anywhere in the Great Lakes. What started out as a local event now attracts many diehard salmon anglers from around the Great Lakes and Canada attending. The School, coupled with all the trout and salmon exhibitors at the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo (February 17 - 20), makes this a "must attend" winter event for many.
Each year the intense class is enhanced based upon the input from those who attended the previous School. Based upon that input, Capt. Vince Pierleoni (Lake Ontario west end and north shore), Capt. Russell Gahagan (Lake Michigan) and Capt. Brian Garrett (Lake Ontario east end) have been selected to be the main instructors for the 2022 School. The School again will be targeted for the experienced Lake Ontario Salmon Fisherman as Vince, Russell and Brian will do a "deep dive" into the specific tools and techniques they utilize to make them consistently successful chasing Kings. The focus will be on the 3 main (open lake) Lake Ontario Salmon fishing periods (May, July, and August) and dive into the more technical aspects for each of these months relating to location, the "right" water, deep-water King tactics, locating and catching offshore Kings and on fishing "meat" among many other tactics. This instruction will include some detailed video footage which should help the learning process.
The overall School consists of seven hours of detailed Salmon catching instruction. The registration price of $85 includes free admission to the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo for all 4 days, your 2021 LOTSA Membership, a hot buffet lunch (or alternative for dietary needs) on Saturday with beverages available throughout the class and a "goodie" bag consisting of the "go to" baits of the instructors. The School begins on Friday Evening (6 to 8:30 p.m.) with an opening presentation by the Instructors and a "Social" that provides attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with the instructors in a casual setting that includes free drinks and light food. This is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow attendees and build up your all-important network of fellow anglers you can communicate with both before and during your outings on the Lake. On Saturday, check in begins at 7 a.m. with the instruction starting at 8 a.m. and completing at 4 p.m. The School wraps up on Sunday morning (8:30 to 9:30 a.m.) with an hour-long open Q&A session with the Instructors covering any remaining questions that you may have.
The class (and Expo) is held at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls in a "state of the art" conference room with a large screen, stage, good seating with tables and a good sound system that all make for a comfortable venue throughout the day for everyone attending. Given the quality of what you will be taught, the hot buffet lunch, the Friday night "Social", Door Prizes, "goodie bag" and free pass to the show for 4 days, it is a terrific value and a great way to start your 2022 season.
The Salmon School is not meant for novices of the Lake Ontario fishery. It is a "hard core" salmon class targeted toward providing the "experienced weekend warrior" / Tournament Angler with additional insights and details to improve their catch in the limited time they have on the water. As the Great Lakes continue to change and become a much more challenging fishery, knowledge is often the difference between having a couple of bites or having steady bites throughout the day.
This is a custom class built from the input from the attendees on what is most important to them to cover. It is not an "off the shelf" class for the masses. Each attendee will have the opportunity to submit their most important questions/topics that they want covered in the class. The instructors will then use this input to customize the curriculum to cover these particular areas. This will allow the instructors to limit the questions during the School and make sure that they cover all of the details that they have prepared.
The instructors have a huge amount of on-the-water experience trolling for trout and salmon along with a proven tournament track record of high placement in the most prestigious tournaments over many years. They are a much diversified set of instructors and will provide a class full of insights and details that no one single instructor would be able to provide. They are all skilled communicators and very well known for sharing their fishing knowledge and daily fishing trips with anglers to help them to be more successful fishing the lake. Each brings their own unique set of trolling skills, techniques and knowledge to the class. Given the depth of the knowledge base of these instructors and their proven ability to educate anglers, we expect this school to be another high quality, comprehensive, in-depth, information-packed event that our attendees have come to expect year after year.
The School sells out every year as many of the attendees come back year after year - which is the ultimate testimony to the value of attending the school. Sign-ups will be available through the LOTSA web site (www.LOTSA1.Org) beginning in September. Early signups are encouraged to give the instructors enough time to build the curriculum for the desired topics.
Capt. Vince Pierleoni owns and operates THRILLSEEKER Sportfishing and Team THRILLSEEKER. In addition to a full time charter boat operation, Capt. Vince and Team THRILLSEEKER fish all major tournaments on Lake Ontario. Capt. Vince is a Pro Staffer for Cannon, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Dreamweaver, Fish Hawk, Costa, HUK, Okuma, A-TOM-MIK, Live Target, Slide Diver, Gambler Rigs and Bay Rat.
Vince grew up in Greece, NY and has never lived more than 8 miles from Lake Ontario. While biking to Lake Ontario ponds and bays in the 70's for Pike and Bass, Vince lived the emergence of Salmon on the scene, and the subsequent transformation of Lake Ontario.
Vince played a role in developing a lot of the tactics and strategies commonly used today. In 1983 NY Sea Grant conducted several organized "Summer Salmon Searches" as it was believed that Lake Ontario Salmon could only be found and caught in Spring and Fall. Vince was the only angler who found and caught Salmon, landing a King and Coho in July. Capt. Vince started his Charter business in 1984.
Capt. Vince has been dedicated to Lake Ontario fisheries and has volunteered his time since the mid-80s sitting on various boards and panels. In the past he has served on the Orleans County tourism board, and the NYSDEC Lake Ontario Fishery Congress. Currently Vince serves on NYSDEC Lake Ontario Sportfishing Task Group, the Lake Ontario Bi-National Discussion Panel, and the Niagara County Fishery Development board. In 2017 Vince was given the "Pinky Robinson Memorial" award by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs for dedication to Great Lakes Fisheries. When COVID hit in 2020, Vince volunteered to take over the lead of the Olcott Pen Rearing project to make sure that it took place with all of the restrictions due to COVID.
Capt. Vince has refined his tactics and approach to Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout fishing over the years. He feels that by participating in all major Tournaments, he understands what it takes to quickly locate Kings and then put the right program together to consistently catch them. This is one of the skills that he is looking forward teaching to the Salmon School attendees. Capt. Vince, his clients, and Team THRILLSEEKER have hundreds of placings in derbies and tournaments. Here are just some of them:
1988- 1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
1991-1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
1995- 1st place Rochester Pro-Am
1995- Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
1998-1st place Niagara Pro-Am
1998-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
1999-1st place, Niagara Pro- Am
2000- 1st place, Oswego Pro-Am
2000- Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2001-1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
2003-1st place, Oswego Pro-Am
2003-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2005-1st place, Oswego Pro-Am
2006-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2008-1st place, Spring KOTL, St. Catharines, Ontario
2008-1st place, Tightline Shootout, Bluffers Park, Ontario
2009-1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
2012-Grand Prize Salmon, Summer LOC
2012-Grand Champion, Redbone Niagara Challenge
2013-1st place, A-TOM-MIK Invitational
2014-Guide to Grand Champion Angler, Redbone Niagara Challenge
2015-1st place, Niagara Pro Am
2016-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2016-Champions, Canadian KING OF THE LAKE series
2016-Champions, Canadian KINGS CUP
2016-Champion Canadian King Cup
2020-Grand Prize Salmon Fall LOC Derby Winner
Along the way Capt. Vince and Team THRILLSEEKER have set Tournament records for 1 day point totals in 3 different formats. 5 Salmon-Whitby, Ontario 2010, 6 Salmon-Oswego A-TOM-MIK Invitational 2013, and 12 Fish-Oswego Pro-Am 2013.
Russell is one of Lake Michigan's winningest tournament fisherman on the Tournament Trail. Russell manages The Reel Shot in Sheboygan, WI. He has specialized for years in helping educate fellow fisherman on what is the new and hot tactics and tackle on the market. Russell's experience in fishing goes beyond tournaments with over 1,000 charter fishing trips under his belt and 4 years of walleye tournament experience. Russell's passion for the industry makes him one of the best tools a fisherman can use to put themselves in a position to catch more fish.
Capt. Brian Garrett has been fishing Lake Ontario's southern shore since he was 10 years old. With that passion for fishing, he attended college majoring in Aquaculture and Aquatic Science. For the last 16 years he has been operating Tall Tails Sportfishing Charters out of the Eastern Basin. Oswego Harbor has been Brian's home port for the last 9 years with time spent each spring fishing the waters off Niagara County. Brian balances a career in environmental engineering and his charter business. Given this, he is able to understand the challenges of the recreational/weekend fisherman in finding and locating fish for a successful day on the water. Brian focuses his time on the water fishing for Salmon and Trout.
When Brian isn't chartering, he and his Tall Tails Team are competing in Tournaments and Derby's along the south shore. They have won the Oswego Pro Am twice in the last 6 seasons. Along with that, they have earned many top 10 placings in many other events stretching from Henderson Harbor to Wilson.
Brian is also very involved in the fishery away from the water. He is the President of the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association. He also sits on the DEC Lake Ontario Focus Group and the DEC Bi-National Committee.
Brian represents these companies on his boat: Scotty Downriggers, A-TOM-MIK Trolling Flies, Blood Run Tackle, ENGEL Coolers, and Tactacam.
So, signup early so that you are guaranteed a seat to avoid being left out in the cold. If you love to fish the Great Lakes for Kings, this is a great way to "Kick Off" your 2021 Season. Where else would you want to be in the Great Lakes on a Saturday in January than learning how to increase your catch from 3 expert Captains, sitting in a comfortable venue talking salmon fishing with a room full of individuals with the same common interest that you have? Tickets are pre-sale only and have sold out every year (mid-November sellout for the 2020 School). Signups will open in early September 2020.
Attention Lake Erie Walleye Fishermen! The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo in conjunction with Teachin Fishin is excited to announce their first ever in-depth Walleye School on Saturday, February 19, 2022. This School is planned to be an annual event going forward and will be modeled after the highly successful LOTSA Salmon School held annually at the Expo which has developed to be the premier Salmon School anywhere in the Great Lakes. The Walleye School, coupled with all the Walleye exhibitors at the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo (February 17 - 20), makes this a "must attend" winter event for many.
This intense class will be taught by Capt. Lance Valentine (Teachin Fishin Lake Erie Walleye Guru), Capt. Ali Shakoor (Lake Erie Walleye Pro Tournament Angler) and Captain Craig Sleeman ( Eastern Basin Walleye Pro Tournament Angler). The School will be targeted for the experienced Lake Erie Walleye Fisherman as Lance, Ali and Craig will do a "deep dive" into their specific thought processes, specific tools and techniques they utilize to make them consistently successful chasing Walleye on Lake Erie. The focus will be on the 3 main Lake Erie fishing periods (Spring, Summer, and Fall) and dive into the more technical aspects for each of these time frames. This instruction will include some detailed video footage which should help the learning process.
Walleye School Details
The overall School consists of seven hours of detailed Walleye catching instruction. The registration price of $85 includes free admission to the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo for all 4 days, a hot buffet lunch (or alternative for dietary needs) on Saturday with beverages available throughout the class and a "goodie" bag consisting of the "go to" baits of the instructors. The School begins on Friday Evening (6 to 8:30 p.m.) with an opening presentation by the Instructors and a "Social" that provides attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with the instructors in a casual setting that includes free drinks and light food. This is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow attendees and build up your all-important network of fellow anglers you can communicate with both before and during your outings on the Lake. On Saturday, check in begins at 7 a.m. with the instruction starting at 8 a.m. and completing at 4 p.m. The School wraps up on Sunday morning (8:30 to 9:30 a.m.) with an hour-long open Q&A session with the Instructors covering any remaining questions that you may have.
The School (and Expo) is held at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls in a "state of the art" conference room with a large screen, stage, good seating with tables and a good sound system that all make for a comfortable venue throughout the day for everyone attending. Given the quality of what you will be taught, the hot buffet lunch, the Friday night "Social", Door Prizes, "goodie bag" and free pass to the show for 4 days, it is a terrific value and a great way to start your 2022 season.
The Walleye School is not meant for novices of the Lake Erie Walleye fishery. It is a "hard core" Walleye class targeted toward providing the "experienced weekend warrior" / Tournament Angler with additional insights and details to improve their catch in the limited time they have on the water. As the Great Lakes continue to change and become a much more challenging fishery, knowledge is often the difference between having a couple of bites or having steady bites throughout the day.
With a limited amount of time for the Walleye School, the instructors will start out digging into "hardcore" topics from the start. A basic knowledge of walleye and walleye fishing will definitely help attendees understand the detailed information that will be presented. The in-depth knowledge provided by the Walleye School will give attendees the information they need to make better decisions on the water every day. A great fishing foundation can be learned by visiting and viewing the "Foundation Series" seminars on the Teachin Fishin YouTube channel.
This is a custom class that will incorporate input from the attendees, and speaker information tailored to the fishing on the East end of the Lake to build a "custom" seminar for the attendees. It is not an "off the shelf" class for the masses. Each attendee will have the opportunity to submit their most important questions/topics that they want covered in the class. The instructors will then use this input to customize the curriculum to cover these particular areas. Doing this allows the seminar to cover topics the attendees want to learn, while keeping the seminar moving by reducing questions.
Our instructors bring success filled resumes to the Walleye School including guiding, tournament success, decades of seminar presentation and countless hours of on-the -water experience on most of the best walleye waters in the country. This diversity will provide information, details and insight that no one single presenter could provide. All are skilled communicators and are well known in the fishing community for not only their skill in presenting, but their ability to make hard to understand concepts easy to understand and apply on the water and, most importantly, their willingness to share what makes them successful anglers whether guiding or tournament fishing. Each brings their own unique set of Lake Erie Walleye skills, techniques and knowledge to the class. Given the depth of the knowledge base of these instructors and their proven ability to educate anglers, we expect this school to be a high quality, comprehensive, in-depth, information-packed event.
The link to sign up will be activated in September. Early signups are encouraged to give the instructors enough time to build the curriculum for the desired topics and make sure you get a seat before they sell out.
Captain Ali Shakoor is a USCG licensed charter captain with over 30 years experience on the Great Lakes. Ali travels to fish the Cabelas/Bass Pro Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC), and has experience in other circuits including the Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT), National Walleye Tour (NWT), and Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM). He is a 7x World Walleye Championships qualifier with several top-ten finishes. He and his partner won the 2018 MWC Lorain, OH event with a two-day record of over 89 pounds for ten post-spawn fish. He also has a win in the Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM) circuit with a 54-pound one-day total. Additionally, he has multiple other top-ten finishes and a top five finish in MWC Team of the Year Standings.
He was introduced to his love of the outdoors thru hunting and fishing around the Irish Hills area of Michigan. This inspired him to pursue a degree and career in Natural Resources. After receiving his BS in Biology, Ali received an MS in Conservation Ecology from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is a PhD student in Evolutionary and Organismal Biology with an emphasis on Aquatic Ecology at Wayne State University. His current research focuses on the effect of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) on Walleye biology and ecology, the potential effects of Asian Carp introduction on Great Lakes food webs, and the effects of HABs and micro-plastics on baitfish and aquatic insects. He also has an interest in factors that effect walleye behavior. Ali enjoys discussing fish biology and ecology, fish behavior, invasive species, food web disruptions, and other non-biological factors including the effect of wind, weather, and waves on fish locations. His ability to link scientific concepts and research to common fishing situations, in understandable language, has made him a popular draw at fishing clubs, boat/fishing shows, and meetings such as the National Professional Anglers Association Annual Meeting. This is one you won't want to miss!
His current partnerships include: Warrior Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowrance Electronics, Fishhawk Electronics, Denali Rods, AFTCO Freshwater, Erie Marine Sales, Offshore Tackle, Airwave Pedestals, Cisco Fishing Systems, Sunline, and Worldwide Marine Insurance.
Capt. Craig Sleeman is a USCG Master Captain and a tournament walleye fisherman with over 25 years' experience. Craig began his career in the Finger Lakes region of NYS and now participates on the national walleye tour traveling the country with the best walleye fisherman on the planet. As a high school teacher with a master's degree in Art Education and 19 years in the classroom, Teachin' Fishin' is in his blood. He also continues to assist with the school fishing team and various veteran based fishing programs around the state.
With the help of his identical twin brother Ethan, and members of Team Midnight Express, the need to keep up on the ever changing technology and the improvement of various walleye techniques continues to drive the team forward. "We never stop learning about new tricks of the trade and the ever evolving fish we chase on daily basis". "The sport of fishing continues to explode with manufacturers, Rod and Reel companies and the increase in fisherman participation." The race to the top is the challenge that drives his passion to compete at the highest level.
Success on the Eastern basin stems back to a lesson learned by Professional Walleye Angler Bob Henton of Pennsylvania. A technique that some anglers overlook, and that is... In-line Worm Harness fishing. When the water slicks off, the bite gets tough, time to roll out the meat sticks! The team's Win at Sunset bay, Chautauqua Conservation club and over 6 big fish awards were written on the water using worms behind i-1baits in-line weights. This stealthy approach to tight lipped walleyes will for sure increase your catchability and get those sometimes stubborn feeders to fire. Craig will share these technical tips, you won't want to miss!
Some of the team's partnerships include, Douglas Rod company, Torpedo fishing products, i-1baits and 5/0 lure company, Fish Hawk Electronics, Yaleye fish lures and The Live Scanner to name a few. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn and improve your game on Lake Erie!
Sign-up early so that you are guaranteed a seat to avoid being left out in the cold. If you love to fish the Lake Erie for Walleyes, this is a great way to "Kick Off" your 2022 Season. Where else would you want to be in the Great Lakes on a Saturday in January than learning how to increase your catch from 3 expert Captains, sitting in a comfortable venue talking Walleye fishing with a room full of individuals with the same common interest that you have? Tickets are pre-sale only and will be available until they are sold out. Sign-ups will open in early September 2021.
One of the most popular features of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo are the Walleye education and Exhibitors. Eastern Lake Erie walleye anglers are experiencing once-in-a-generation fishing says Dr. Jason Robinson, Lake Erie Unit Leader for the DEC. These are the "good old days". Walleye fishing quality in New York waters has been at record levels for the past 4 years with many Walleye anglers experiencing unpresented success. In 2019, New York anglers harvested 174,000 walleyes, the highest recorded harvest in the 32-year history of the creel census.
With the population of age 2 and older Walleye in Lake Erie estimated at 150 million as a result of unprecedented level of lake wide spawning success, we are going to see incredible fishing for years to come. Many, many anglers want to get in on this incredible fishery thus the demand for quality Walleye Education is at an all-time high. Walleye are by far the most popular fish to target in Western New York. The combination of the Walleye Education and Exhibitors were put together by the Expo to help meet the needs of the Walleye angling community.
The Expo will offer four days of intense Walleye Information from the many Walleye Exhibitors and Education opportunities for Walleye Anglers who fish Eastern Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, Niagara River and other NYS waters.
New for this year will be a full Walleye School offering. This School consists of 7 hours of detailed "Walleye" instruction targeted for the "hard core" experienced weekend warrior / tournament Anglers.
A full lineup of Walleye related Seminars and Demos can be viewed by selecting "2022 Education" from the main menu and then select "Walleye Series".
If you are a Walleye angler just starting out, be sure to check out the separate Beginner Walleye Schools to "fast track" the learning process.
Well known national Walleye Educators Mark Romanack, Jake Romanack and Lance Valentine headline a very experienced group of instructors with a wide range of expertise in different Walleye fishing techniques along with Boat Rigging and Marine Electronics.
If your passion is Walleye Fishing, this is the Show for you!
Watch Eastern Lake Erie Walleye Video
DEC Open House, Presentations and Education Offerings
The DEC will again have a major presence at the 2022 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo based upon a very positive experience for both attendees and DEC staff at the previous show.
Anglers who fish in New York's Great Lakes and inland waters would like to have more interaction with the decision-makers and the biologists who manage these waterways. The same could be said for those same decision-makers and biologists. They would like to have more interaction with the stakeholders and users of the resources to help the public understand those management practices. They would also like to receive more input from the anglers themselves to help with their management decisions going forward.
The most largest offering by the DEC is their unique "Open House" where experts will be manning booths answering questions on at least 7 different aspects of the Bureau of Fisheries all at the same time in the same room for four hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included in this will be stations focusing on Lake Ontario Open Lake and Lake Ontario Tributaries; Lake Erie (with Lake Erie Unit Leader Dr. Jason Robinson and Sr. Aquatic Biologist James Markham) Open Lake and Tributaries; Niagara River; Great Lakes Fish Production and Stocking; Finger Lakes; Inland Streams; DEC Law Enforcement; and Angling Opportunities for Women. This is a great way meet, ask your questions and have a discussion with the DEC decision makers including Steve Hurst, DEC's Chief of the Bureau of Fisheries, Chris Legard, the Lake Ontario Unit Leader and Jason Robinson, the Lake Erie Unit Leader. This event is open and free to all attendees at the show, no tickets are required, come when you want, ask your questions, voice your concerns and leave when you want. The DEC wants to hear from the Fishing Community, both the good and the bad, so that they can continue to provide a high quality Fishery in NYS.
Each winter and spring, DEC conducts State of the Lake meetings to initiate public outreach and give updates on what's happening with a particular body of water - Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Salmon River, Finger Lakes. They are often at a time when many anglers cannot attend. These will be presented also at the Expo will be a perfect opportunity for anglers to see what's happening with the bodies of water you fish and ask questions to better understand the dynamics for a particular lake, river or inland stream.
The Show will also be partnering with the DEC to put on the Super Kids Fishing Clinic and the Beginner Women's Fishing School.
In addition, DEC will continue to operate its popular booth in the main exhibit hall throughout the duration of the Expo. We are proud to be partnering with DEC to continue to enhance the quality of the Fisheries available in NYS both now and in the future. Be sure to take advantage of these innovative educational opportunities.
Super Kids Fishing Clinic
The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is partnering with the DEC and Clubs / Exhibitors at the show who are aligned with the show's goal to introduce future generations of anglers to the sport of fishing by providing a Clinic where upon completion the Adult and their Kid(s) will have enough knowledge to go out on the WNY waterways and safely catch some fish. We strongly believe in "Taking a Kid Fishing" and "Passing on the Knowledge" is critical to sustaining our great fishery for the future generations of anglers.
This Clinic will be a hands on interactive event for Kids ages 7 - 15 years old along with their "Adult Fishing Companion" (Dad, Mom, Friend, etc who will be taking the kid(s) fishing this year). It will have a Teaching Fishing to Kids Curriculum consists of a logical series of stations manned by fishing experts to properly educate each adult and their kids.
The attendees will learn the basics from the "ground floor up" including:
1.The gear necessary including rods, reels, line, casting, knots, baits, etc.
2.The fish and their behaviors
3.The techniques to use starting out
4.The "where" locations and "when" timing to be successful
5.Personal safety and conservation of the resource
The clinic is divided into 8 sessions of 15 minutes each to make the sessions short enough to keep the kids attention while still providing a quality learning experience for them. Most of the sessions will be "Hand On" learning. Up to 4 adult instructors will be teaching / helping out for each session to provide a 4:1 ratio of Kids to Instructors. Free tackle will also be given out to each of the Kids.
The Clinic will be offered twice in Room #3 on Sunday (2/20) at:
1. 9:30 am - 11:30 am Session #1 (up to 80 Kids).
2. 12:00 - 2 pm Session #2 (up to 80 Kids).
Pre-registration online is required in order to control the numbers to provide a quality learning environment for all. Seating is limited and registration will be closed when they are full. The adult that registers can sign up 1 or 2 kids to attend with them. The total registration cost is $10 and which includes free admission to the show on Sunday.
Registrations will open in September.
The Hawg Trough - a Primary Learning Vehicle to "Teach Fishing"
The Hawg Trough based upon the many positive comments from our attendees will be back on the main Event Center floor. The Hawg Trough is a mobile 5,000-gallon fish tank loaded with Bass and equipped with a speaker platform.
The saying "A picture is worth 1000 words" is really true when it comes to the Hawg Trough. Being able to do seminars on it to show how different baits are worked in the water and how fish react to the different presentations will enhance the learning experience. The seminars are delivered by experts in these techniques or with the particular baits. Seminars are not just limited to Bass but cover other areas (Walleye, Lure Tuning, Float Fishing, etc.) where "seeing it" is an effective learning technique. This setting also allows the attendees to interact throughout with the seminar presenter to maximize the learning for each attendee making this an excellent alternative to the traditional education in the classroom. Some seminars actually combine both settings providing attendees with the opportunity to learn in the classroom setting and then go out to the main floor to reinforce the learning by seeing it demonstrated in a fishing environment in the Hawg Trough!
Teaching Fishing to our youth is a big goal of the show. The Hawg Trough plays a big part in this as we feel that using this combined with classroom instruction is the most effective way to deliver this education and furthers our show goal of introducing future generations of anglers to the sport of fishing.
To see the full list of Hawg Trough sessions planned select the "Education" tab on the main menu. During the show, the schedule for the day will be posted in the Hawg Trough area.
As a way of sharing his knowledge, Roger is a featured speaker, a popular blogger, rod designer for Lamiglas and the successful author of many published magazine articles. Roger also has several instructional videos on his YouTube Channel, Steelhead Manifesto. Considered an authority on steelhead fishing, Roger loves to share his expertise with other anglers. He speaks to crowds of 60-400 people, at fishing clubs, retail events and consumer shows. He is also a pro staffer and industry consultant for many fishing companies
He does more seminars on salmon and steelhead fishing than any other angler in the country. He has had many requests over the years to come to do Steelhead Seminars in Western New York and we are happy to have him delivering Steelhead seminars throughout the 4 days of our show. He is a great Educator and his presentations promise to provide some great information for all skill levels for everyone to enjoy.
Roger now spends many days chasing and catching steelhead in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Alaska, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and Michigan.
Roger's Facebook pages, of the same name, are very popular. His entertainment page-with memes and fish photos-draws around 300,000 visitors each month and has over 30,000 followers. His forum page-which is a place to discuss tips, tricks, and tactics, among other topics-has over 30,000 members. His newest Instagram account now has over 32,000 followers..
Roger likes to give back to the sport by volunteering his time to various river cleanups and conservation projects. He is a Michigan Salmon Ambassador for the Michigan Sea Grant Initiative, developed in coordination with the DNRs of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Roger also serves on the Michigan Coldwater Resources Steering Committee, which provides input, advice, and recommendations to the Fisheries Division on issues related to the state's cold-water resources-as well as strategies and goals for managing those resources. Come Join us and meet Roger as he shares his knowledge and opinion and fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead."
The founder of TeachinFishin and creator of "The 8 Steps to Catching More Fish", Lance Valentine has turned a life-long passion for fishing and teaching into one of the foremost fishing education programs in the country. Started in 1998, TeachinFishin combines Lance's years of experience fishing national tournaments (PWT, RCL) and thousands of hours of guiding into seminars, programming, workshops, Fishing Education Weekends, DVDs, and Live events covering all aspects of walleye fishing and marine electronics. Lance and the TeachinFishin staff are experts at making the tough fishing questions easy to understand with information any angler can quickly use to catch more fish regardless of species or location. Recognized as an expert in marine electronics, Valentine's Sonar/GPS seminars and training DVDs are considered "must sees" by both beginner and professional anglers. Entering his third decade as a full time walleye guide and seminar speaker, Lance's friendly demeanor and high energy speaking style have made him a favorite of show goers throughout the Midwest.
FREE UPDATES ON HDS LOWRANCE UNITS
Lowrance Electronics Pro-Staffer Lance Valentine will be giving some expert instruction on the use of marine electronics. Bring your Lowrance Touch Screen unit to the show and swing by the TeachinFishin booth for FREE software updates and setup information! You are guaranteed to learn something new when you listen to Valentine on using this important fishing tool.
Mark Romanack, "the Outdoors Guy" is a lifelong outdoorsman and one of the nation's most active members of the outdoor media. A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S. Degree in Conservation, Romanack has spent his entire career working to help others better understand and appreciate the outdoors. Romanack's outdoor career started in 1981 as an Environmental Educator. While working as a naturalist, he began to write outdoor articles for hunting and fishing magazines to supplement his income. His first article was published by Michigan Out of Doors Magazine (the nation's largest independent conservation organization). This part time hobby quickly grew into a full-fledged career with to date more than 3,000 writing credits in over 60 different local, regional and national magazines. Currently Romanack writes frequently for host of magazines and also produces a weekly outdoor blog on Facebook and the https://www.fishing411.net/ site.
Romanack made the move to outdoor writing full time in 1986. Since that time, he has published 13 different printed books on fishing, including the widely popular Precision Trolling Troller's Bible series of depth guides. Romanack has also released a growing number of Kindle e-books including Spinner Fishing Secrets, Walleye Jigging Tactics and Walleye Crankbait Trolling Strategies. In addition to writing and photography, Romanack has become a sought-after public speaker on a variety of freshwater fishing topics. Considered one of the nation's leading authorities on walleye fishing and all things trolling, Romanack conducts more than 40 multimedia seminars annually on a variety of fishing topics. In 2007 Romanack plunged into the television world by hosting and field producing a new TV series called Fishing 411 broadcast nationwide on World Fishing Network. Currently filming season 10, Fishing 411 has grown rapidly both in distribution and popularity reaching millions of homes on Dish Network and a host of cable TV providers. The Romanack family is also very active on the popular social networking venues. In addition to maintaining two Facebook accounts with over 20,000 followers, the Fishing 411 team provides social networking content in the form of video, photography and written communications for all of their sponsors.
Jake Romanack: Fishing 411
Captain Jake Romanack is one of the rising stars on the Great Lakes fishing scene.
The son of outdoor writer and TV host Mark Romanack, Jake has been fishing since he was old enough to hold up a trolling combo. "Jake grew up on the Great Lakes mastering both the fundamentals and the finer points of walleye, trout and salmon trolling," says Mark Romanack. Jake spent three years acting as a first mate on a dozen different charter boats before he stepped up and got his own captains license.
These days Captain Jake specializes in educational efforts including seminars, producing YouTube videos and also co-hosting TV productions as part of the family business Fishing 411 Productions."
Captain Jake Romanack lives in Northern Michigan with his wife Paige and hunting dog Kash, but travels religiously to target trout, salmon, walleye and other species around the Great Lakes region.
Ultimate Walleye Clinic
The "Ultimate Walleye Clinic" is just that. This two hour long intensive seminar on walleye fishing covers all the bases. Mark and Jake Romanack of Fishing 411 TV use this "multi-media" presentation to hammer home important fishing skills that help anglers take their game up a notch.
Included in this seminar are discussions on getting the most from modern sonar, boat rigging tips, refinements for using in-line planer boards, mastering boat control, jigging tactics, fishing with bottom bouncers, trolling diving planers and even using downriggers and lead core line to catch more Great Lakes walleye.
After each video segment is played, Mark and Jake flesh out the topic and then open the conversation up to questions from the audience. This unique seminar format produces a ton of useful information in what will become the shortest two hours you ever spent in a classroom!
A voluntary donation is taken during the event to support one of Mark and Jake's favorite charities. At the end of the seminar, valuable door prizes will also be handed out including many of the products discussed during the event.
Rick Kustich is a fly-fishing author, photographer, and instructor who began fly-fishing over forty years ago on the lakes and streams of upstate New York. Rick's work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Fly Fisherman and American Angler. He is the author of Hunting Musky with a Fly and Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead as well as four other fly fishing titles and is featured in the DVDs Tube Flies for Steelhead and Spey Daze. He has also spent time as a guide, fly-shop owner, travel host, and fly-fishing book publisher. He lives in Western New York.
Born and raised in Western New York along the Niagara Escarpment, Joe Fonzi has spent most of his life in the outdoors: fishing, hunting, and trapping. Joe began his outdoor adventures as soon as he was old enough to keep up with his dad and grandfathers, who did it all from fly fishing to trapping. He still owes much of his success to the lessons and ethics that were set forth by these early mentors.
Joe is a graduate of both, New York State school of Environmental Science and Forestry (BSF); and SUNY Brockport, where all of his emphasis was placed on environmental studies. His graduate work was in fisheries management with importance placed on freshwater ecosystems; he participated in a 2 year fisheries inventory study of the New York canal system from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. For the past 16 years Joe has held a US Coast Guard license he's used turned his passion for fishing into a successful fishing charter business. Captain Joe, charters fishing trips on lakes Erie and Ontario, spending almost two hundred days a year in his Ranger boat, targeting smallmouth bass, perch, and walleyes.
When Joe isn't guiding, he tries to fit in as many fishing tournaments as possible. With finishes in the top 5 of both the National Bass and Walleye circuits Joe has accomplished something that most anglers don't even attempt. Other tournament accomplishments include: 3 top ten finishes in the FLW and qualifying for the FLW Costa championship both years he completed the circuit. Joe has also had success north of the border with several wins and top 10 finishes in both the Canadian Sport Fishing League (CSFL) and the Renegade Bass Circuits.
Joe holds pro-staff positions with several outdoor equipment companies including Mack's Lures, Warrior Lures, and most notably Ranger Boats (for the past 8 years.) Joe is entering his second year as a Cabela's pro staffer, he often participates in the Cabela's day's events at the Cheektowaga location. Joe also does several seminars each year for local sportsmen's clubs and outdoors shows in both the US and Canada, talking on a wide range of subjects from fishing ethics to tournament-winning strategies.
FREE UPDATES ON HDS LOWRANCE UNITS
Lowrance Electronics Pro-Staffer Lance Valentine will be giving some expert instruction on the use of marine electronics. And if you actually own a HDS Lowrance Unit, bring it to the show and receive a free update from Valentine at his booth. You are guaranteed to learn something new when you listen to Valentine on using this important fishing tool.
Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls with Niagara Region Charter Service is a full time guide with over .20 years of guiding experience on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. Spending an average of 200 days a year on the water has enabled Capt. Frank to be one of the most knowledgeable skippers in Western New York. He has been featured on numerous television shows including In-Fisherman, Keith Warren Outdoors, O'Neil's Outside, Bob Redfern Outdoors, Mid-West Outdoors, and Angling the Great Lakes along with the CBS Morning Show. He has also been featured in media print for many magazines including In-Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Fishing Facts, Salmon Trout & Steelheader, Great Lakes Angler, New York Outdoor News, Lake Ontario Outdoors, as well as in ESPN Outdoors.com. Campbell also gets involved to give back, serving as the chairman of the Niagara County Fisheries Development Board for over 10 years and also served as chairman of the Board of Directors for Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. His seminars are extremely informative, whether you are someone just starting out or a long time veteran on the water.
Zak Jobes is a competitive walleye angler on the National Walleye Tour. He has a passion for chasing giant great lakes walleye and loves sharing his knowledge with fellow anglers. He calls Lake Erie his home water, where he spends much of his time during the open water season. Zak has been fishing since the age of five and fishing competitively the past 10 years. His sponsors include; Warrior Lures, Fishermans Central, Costa, Vics Sports Center, Mercury Marine, Lowrance, Offshore Tackle, and Cisco Fishing Systems.
Win a Lifetime Fishing License!
New York State has a long angling heritage when it comes to sportfishing. Its angling resources abound, especially right here in Western New York. In an effort to help pass this outdoor opportunity on to the next generation, the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be having a drawing at the end of the show that will give every youngster 16 years of age an younger the chance to win a lifetime fishing license! This only applies to kids who are New York State residents, but the best thing about a lifetime license is that it even applies if the holder moves out of the state later in life. The number of licenses given away will be determined at the end of the show. Simply fill out an entry form when you arrive and then keep your fingers crossed. It will also be a great time to take advantage of youth fishing education abailable throughout the show. Good luck!
*Attendees at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be permitted to submit One Entry Per Day Per Person, into the Drawing Barrel which will be located in the Grand Foyer