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The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Fishing Show

Posted on Thursday, January 10 2013 in Events

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The Great Lakes connecting waters — which include the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River — are home to countless fish species and angling opportunities. This makes metro Detroit a fisherman’s paradise and the reason why the Ultimate Fishing Show (Jan. 10-13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi) is a natural event for Great Lakes anglers of all ages and skill levels.

200 + 200 = 30,000

Nearly 30,000 people attended last year’s Ultimate Fishing Show. This year there will be more than 200 boats from every major fishing boat dealer from the metro Detroit area on display. Anglers can also peruse more than 200 booths full of tackle, ice-fishing shelters, augers, sleds, rods, reels and more. Plus, learn about fishing trips and packages from outfitters, lodges and guides. This is a sure formula (Get it? 200 + 200 = 30,000) for a great event.

And speaking of numbers, did you know that there are more than 28 separate species of fish that can be found in the Great Lakes? See the complete list at the Department of Natural Resources website.


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Oh, my!

Known as Lake Ultimate, check out the 110,000-gallon indoor water tank loaded with fish and complete with docks and fishing boats. This is the main stage for seminars and performances from some of the top anglers in the world.

Or check out the Hawy Trough — an aquarium on wheels. This 5,000-gallon tank is stocked with fish and is used to demonstrate fishing techniques. Because of the tank’s glass sides, anglers can see how lures react, how fish react and strike, and which techniques work best.


Meet the Pros

>-|||’>  Kevin VanDam — Seven-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year — kicks things off Thursday, Jan. 10 with two must-see seminars: “Winning Bass Strategies,” along with Q-and-A in the ballroom.

>-|||’>  Mark Zona follows on Friday with his seminar on “Giant Smallmouth Techniques.”

>-|||’>  Jonathon VanDam’s “Elite Series Bass Techniques” seminar is on Saturday and Sunday.

Mark Martin, Jonathon VanDam and Bob Brunner will be joined by some of the top anglers in the country to perform more than 75 free fishing seminars covering all major species of fish found in metro Detroit. Learn from the pros who fish the waters in metro Detroit every day and will share valuable tips and experiences so you can catch your limit. Check out the full list of seminars and leader topics here.


Kids Trout Pond and the Virtual Fishing Simulator

Young anglers will get a kick out of hands-on, real-world and virtual showcases. The kids’ trout pond is stocked with live rainbow trout with the Michigan Bass Busters on hand to coach kids on how to land the big one. For a small fee, kids can bait up and catch their own rainbow and learn on site how to clean and prepare the fish and take it home packed in ice.

For those who prefer the lure of salmon, the Michigan Charter Boat Federation returns with its Virtual Fishing Simulator, putting a Great Lakes trolling rod in your hands to feel the fight of a 40-pound king salmon. Children can learn casting with the Michigan Fly Fishing Club, compete in a Casting Kids Competition or tour the exhibits and eat at the 6th Annual Shore Lunch Fish Fry.

For more information on the Ultimate Fishing Show, visit their website or follow the Ultimate Fishing Show on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.


See the Visit Detroit feature Reel Detroit about a first hand account on fishing Lake St. Clair.


Have you been to the Ultimate Fishing Show before? Any advice for first-time visitors?