"Teaching Fishing" is what this show was built around and what makes it unique from other events of its kind. The show facility - the Niagara Falls Convention Center - offers a spacious Exhibitor Event Center, multiple seminar rooms and the Hawg Trough, which provides the ability to educate over 1,200 attendees concurrently each targeting different topics/levels of expertise. Over 300 hours of "Fishing Education" is taught by local and regional experts. Each offering is developed for a specific level of expertise including:
Beginner / Casual Level - The angler who is just starting out or who has limited knowledge on the topic. Attending these classes will dramatically decrease the learning curve required for fishing success and provide the opportunity for attendees to save some "Tackle $$" by purchasing what they need to get started.
Experienced Level - The angler with some experience on the topic who is looking to pick up additional knowledge in order to increase their success.
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.
The core belief of the show is to grow the sportfishing industry by providing a vast amount of fishing education to our attendees. This enables us to recruit new anglers, including the next generation, as well as providing existing anglers the fishing knowledge they need to make their time on the water more enjoyable and successful. The education also allows anglers the opportunity to diversify the species that they fish 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 additional more concentrated Clinics and Schools (pre-sale tickets are required), every attendee will find multiple classes that will improve their fishing skills. The Education offerings include 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. Youth Fishing
10. Fisheries Management / General Fishing
A full and detailed curriculum will be available in December 2023.