Ultimate Fishing Show
January 9-12, 2020

All-star seminar lineup, hands-on opportunities featured at Michigan’s largest fishing show, January 9-12 in Novi

All-star seminar lineup, hands-on opportunities featured at Michigan’s largest fishing show, January 9-12 in Novi

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For More Information Contact:
Henri Boucher, Show Producer, ShowSpan, Inc. – 800-328-6550
Ben Nielsen, Show Manager, ShowSpan – 800-328-6550
Bill Parker, Sport Show Publicist – 248-520-9136
E-mail: events@showspan.com | Website: www.UltimateFishingShow.com


All-star seminar lineup, hands-on opportunities featured at Michigan’s largest fishing show, January 9-12 in Novi


Novi — Hundreds of New Fishing Boats, the largest Ice Fishing Display in the state, and a Star Studded Lineup of Seminars by some of the best anglers in the world combine to make the Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit the largest Pure Fishing Show in the country. The show motors into town Jan. 9 to 12, at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi.

The Ultimate Fishing Show–Detroit is an exciting four-day event dedicated entirely to Michigan fishing. Southeastern Michigan is home to more freshwater anglers per capita than anywhere else in the country, making it the largest freshwater fishing market in America. So it’s no surprise that more than 35,000 anglers visit the Ultimate Fishing Show–Detroit each year. With last year’s 50-percent expansion of floor space at Suburban Collection Showplace, the Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit is bigger and better than ever with seven acres of all things fishing.

The best bass fisherman in the world, Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam, will share some of his personal tactics and techniques with patrons at the Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit on Thursday, January 9.

One of the reasons so many anglers attend the Ultimate Fishing Show–Detroit is to sit in on a seminar or two and pick up a new tip or technique from some of the best anglers in the country. VanDam is set to headline the all-star seminar lineup with a Thursday-only appearance.

Michigan native and TV show host Mark Zona – Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show on the Outdoor Channel, and others – will make a special Friday-only appearance on Jan. 10 at the Ultimate Fishing Show–Detroit. Bass fishing experts and seminar speakers Joe Thomas, Capt. Wayne Carpenter, Chris Noffsinger and Gerry Gostenik also will provide tips and entertainment over the four days of the show.

The walleye side of the seminar lineup is equally impressive and includes Michigan natives Mark Martin, a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, TV show host Mark Romanack – Fishing 411, and captain Lance Valentine, founder of Walleye 101 and the Fishing Education Center.

“Michigan offers some of the best freshwater fishing opportunities in the world,” says Show Manager Ben Nielsen.  “Bass, walleye, trout, salmon, muskie, pike and panfish: We’ve got them all covered and with our star-studded lineup of national, state and local fishing experts, show patrons can pick up tips on fishing for just about every game fish that swims in Michigan waters.”

Some of the other seminar speakers featured this year at the Ultimate Fishing Show–Detroit include: Brian “Bro” Brosdahl (ice fishing), Jim Bedford (river fishing), Mike Schultz (fly fishing), Roger Hinchcliff (steelhead), Bill Mangan (fly fishing), Capt. Kevin Backus (muskies), Capt. Jake Romanack (Great Lakes), Chris LeMessurier (kayaks), Dan Armitage (kids fishing), Kyle Polesky (fly fishing for pike), Capt. David Domka (perch fishing), and Capt. Joel Piatek (Lake St. Clair).

With ice forming on lakes in southern Michigan anglers are getting excited about the upcoming ice fishing season. The Ultimate Fishing Show–Detroit has everything an ice angler needs and features the largest ice fishing display in the state at the greatly expanded Ultimate Ice Fishing Village. Along with a Shanty Truckload Sale, there also will be a vast variety of augers, electronics, tackle and gear for sale. Manufacturer exhibits from Clam, Otter, Ardisam (Eskimo), Frabill, Striker and others will be on hand all four days of the show to answer questions and explain the features of their line of ice fishing equipment

On Saturday and Sunday, show patrons may participate in any of three Ultimate Clinics: Ultimate Walleye Clinic, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; Ultimate Bass Clinic, 2:30 to 4:30 Saturday; and Ultimate Salmon Clinic, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Are you in the market for a new boat? More than 250 fishing boats from 40 manufacturers will be on display at the Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit, so patrons can shop and compare. If you want your boat on the water this spring you need to order it in the winter and the Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit is the place to make your dreams come true.

There are dozens of other features at the Ultimate Fishing Show–Detroit that include learning opportunities and hands-on activities like Lake Ultimate, a 110,000-gallon indoor lake used as a seminar stage, the Hawg Trough, a 5,000-gallon fish tank filled with native Michigan fish, a stocked Trout Pond, a Rock Climbing Wall, a National Fishing Lure Collection, a Virtual Fishing Simulator, Fish Cleaning Demonstrations, and Fly Casting and Fly Tying instruction.

Want to attend the show for free? On Thursday, January 9, admission is free for patrons who bring six cans/boxes or four pounds of non-perishable food items to donate to the annual Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Food Drive. The food will be collected by volunteers from local conservation organizations and donated to the Red Cross and area food banks.

Show hours are: Thursday, 1 to 9; Friday, 11 to 9; Saturday, 10 to 8; Sunday, 10 to 5.  Admission: $12 adults, $5 children 6 to 14, free for children 5 and under.  On-site parking is $5.

For more information, visit www.UltimateFishingShow.com or call 800-328-6550.

You can also follow late-breaking news and developments on Facebook at ULTIMATESPORTSHOWTOUR.

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The Suburban Collection Showplace, a state-of-the-art Exposition, Convention and Conference Center in Novi, Michigan, is owned and managed by Blair M. Bowman. The Suburban Collection Showplace offers approximately 320,000 square feet of space, including 30,000 square feet of meeting space. Other attractive amenities include a full-service kitchen capable of serving a sit down meal to 3,500 people, formal banquet halls, full-service concession areas, two major atrium style entrances with 25,000 square feet of lobby space for pre-function and registration activities. For more information, visit www.SuburbanCollectionShowplace.com.