Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids
March 17-20, 2016
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Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids

Michigan’s finest tradition for the avid fisherman, hunter or outdoor loving family! Exhibitors will be at the show with the latest in outdoor gear, travel information and fishing boats. The features are famous: World Class Taxidermy, Antique Lures, Trout Pond, Hawg Trough, Woodcarvers, Fishing Simulator, Rock Wall and Fly Casting Instruction. Nearly 100 fishing and hunting seminars will be held on 5 stages, including “Lake Ultimate,” the 110,000 gallon indoor lake.

PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2016 Ultimate Sport Show. The 2017 Show details will be posted soon.

The Catch More Fish Guarantee

For two years the producers of the Sport Show have guaranteed that attendees that truly take in the major aspects of the show: attend seminars; talk with guides, charter captains, lodge operators and outfitters; shop fishing boats and new tackle; they will catch more fish this year than last. This is backed up with free admission to the 2017 Ultimate Sport Show and a special seminar if less fish are caught. NOBODY HAS REDEEMED THIS OFFER.

Go to the “Guarantee” listing under “Features & Attractions” to find more details.

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Catch More Fish Guaranteed!

Catch More Fish Guaranteed!

We guarantee that anyone who attends the Ultimate Sport Show will catch more fish in 2016 than they did in 2015.

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The Marvelous Mutts

The Marvelous Mutts

The Marvelous Mutts, a canine spectacular, is a thrilling dog sport entertainment show that showcases some of the world’s finest canine athletes. The dogs amaze audiences as they flip and fly to snatch Frisbees out ...

Lake Ultimate

Lake Ultimate

An indoor lake? You bet! DeVos Place will be home to a huge indoor lake. With over 110,000 gallons of water, this lake provides the ultimate opportunity for our seminar leaders to present from their rigged fishing boats ...

Hawg Trough

Hawg Trough

The Hawg Trough is a mobile 5,000 gallon fish tank that will be at the Ultimate Sport Show with guest fishing experts on hand every day providing seminars and fishing demonstrations.  You’ll want to see this unique ...

The State’s Best Taxidermy

The State’s Best Taxidermy

The Michigan’s Taxidermist Association Display will be located on the 3rd floor of DeVos Place. If this is your first time to the Show, come down and see why the first thing so many people say when they walk through ...

Tony Gates – Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Food Drive

Tony Gates – Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Food Drive

Bring a sack of at least 6 non-perishable food items (cans or boxes) on Thursday ONLY, March 17 to the boat parked in front of DeVos Place and get in to the Show FREE! For the 16th year Tony Gates ...

Big Buck Night West

Big Buck Night West

Thursday – 7pm in the Ballroom (seating begins at 6:30pm)

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Deer Processing Demo

Deer Processing Demo

Saturday, March 19 ~ 2:30pm 

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Trout Pond

Trout Pond

Operated by Northern Little League as a fundraiser, you and your kids are invited to come and try your hand at one of the State’s best trout ponds. Even if you come just to watch, you will see the highest catch ...

Fish Cleaning Demonstrations

Fish Cleaning Demonstrations

Presented by the Grand Rapids Steelheaders

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Fly Tyers Corner

Fly Tyers Corner

Presented by the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company and the Grand River Fly Tyers

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Fly Casting Instruction

Fly Casting Instruction

Come take advantage of FREE fly casting instruction coordinated by the Grand River Fly Tyers. Stop by and ask for help with fly casting fundamentals from beginner to advanced. Professional guides will be on hand to provide ...

Rock Climbing Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Participants may climb this 25-foot wall utilizing the state of the art hydraulic billet system, brought to the Show by Cran Hill Ranch. Test your skills with the ultimate in safety. There is a small fee for ...

Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle

Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle

Terry McBurney, award winning Woods-n-Water News writer, will be on hand all four days of the Show exhibiting some of his “Made in Michigan” fishing tackle collection. He is a member of the National Fishing ...

Vintage Boats & Outboard Motors

Vintage Boats & Outboard Motors

Wood and fiberglass boats and outboard motors will be on hand all four days of the Show, presented by Dick Van Raalte, who owns Starboard Marine Restorations of Grand Haven, MI. He professionally restores classic boats, as ...

Virtual Fishing Simulator

Virtual Fishing Simulator

Presented by the Michigan Charter Boat Association

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Woodland Woodcarvers

Woodland Woodcarvers

A highlight of the Show every year is the beautiful and impressive display of the Woodland Woodcarvers. These artisans will display the results of their work, as well as demonstrate their considerable skills. Every year it ...

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Mark Romanack

Mark Romanack

Mark Romanack, “the Outdoors Guy” is a life-long 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 ...

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

There is no denying walleye are finicky fish and fishing pro Mark Martin is no stranger to teaching others on how to catch them. Martin has been giving seminars on the subject since his first tournament win in 1991, during ...

Marianne Huskey

Marianne Huskey

Known in the professional fishing world as “Walleye Woman” she is a 14 year veteran to walleye angling. In 2012, she became the first female angler to win “Angler of the Year.” She is the highest placing ...

Capt. Lance Valentine

Capt. Lance Valentine

As founder of Lance Valentine’s Walleye 101 and the “Fishing Education Center,” Lance has helped countless anglers catch more fish through seminars, workshops and educational charters.  Over 20 years of ...

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

Joe is an angler, author and entertainer.  From competing at the highest levels of professional bass fishing to authoring the definitive account of life as a pro angler, to hosting today’s most popular television ...

Capt. Wayne Carpenter

Capt. Wayne Carpenter

Capt. Wayne has dedicated fifteen years of effort to bringing in fishing information and bait technology to anglers. The research done over that period resulted in the development of the Combat Fishing Weekly ...

Capt. Chris Noffsinger

Capt. Chris Noffsinger

With more than 20 years of experience, Capt. Chris will lend his knowledge of both inland and Great Lakes Bass Fishing techniques in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. He has the experience and game plan to show you how, when ...

Richard Holm

Richard Holm

Richard is the owner of Sea Quest Lures in Portage, Indiana and is an avid fisherman with over 30 years of experience fishing the Great Lakes. Holm has done extensive research on lure colors and the effects of lighting at ...

Capt. Mike Pittiglio

Capt. Mike Pittiglio

Capt. Mike is a full time Muskie guide on the world renowned Lake St. Clair. With over 20 years of muskie fishing under his belt, he spends approximately 120 days per season on the lake fishing for muskies. His finest ...

Will Schultz

Will Schultz

More than 30 years ago, Michigan native, Will Shultz’s first muskie encounter started what would be best described as obsessive compulsive muskie disorder. This lead him to thousands of muskie encounters and more ...

Capt. Kevin Backus

Capt. Kevin Backus

Kevin began fishing on the waters of Lake St. Clair at an early age. His grandfather, the legendary muskie fisherman Homer LeBlanc, passed on the knowledge and skills required to be a legendary fisherman. Kevin has been ...

Glen Blackwood

Glen Blackwood

Glen, of the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company in Rockford, is one of the State’s most knowledgeable anglers. Glen will discuss the entire sport of fly fishing with great information for beginners as well as the most ...

Jake Romanack

Jake Romanack

Jake is both one of the youngest and most experienced charter captains on the Great Lakes. The son of outdoor writer and TV host Mark Romanack, Jake has been fishing since he was old enough to hold up a rod/reel combo. He ...

Chase Klinesteker

Chase Klinesteker

Chase is a Certified Spoonplugging Instructor from Buck Perry’s School of Fishing. His seminars will discuss the Grand River: why it has good fishing, how to learn the structure, and how to present lures, both ...

Dan Armitage

Dan Armitage

Dan is a popular freelance outdoor writer, speaker and syndicated radio show host whose fishing articles appear in Great Lakes Angler, Michigan Game & Fish, ...

Dave Rose

Dave Rose

What started out as an infatuation with catching fish as a child has turned out to be a career for Traverse City, MI resident David Rose. Rose has been writing books, articles, producing photos for publication and giving ...

Jim Bedford

Jim Bedford

Jim is one of Michigan’s foremost authorities on fishing Michigan Rivers with spinners and other lures. The retired toxicologist spends over 1,000 hours a year fishing Michigan Rivers and has written three books on the ...

Denny Geurink

Denny Geurink

Denny is the Host of the Outdoor Adventures TV Show and will bring his hunting knowledge to the Sport Show. A well known book author, video producer and published outdoor writer, Geurink’s seminars are a must ...

Fred Abbas

Fred Abbas

Known for his humble personality, Fred shares the innovative tactics that have made him truly one of the top trophy whitetail hunters to ever come out of Michigan. He ranks #1 all time in the state for trophy buck entries ...

Greg Abbas

Greg Abbas

Greg is the host of TV’s A-Way Outdoors, a 6-time Michigan state turkey calling champion, a professional turkey hunting guide of 18 years with over a 95% success rate, a 2-time deer calling and rattling champion, ...

Jason Herbert

Jason Herbert

Outdoor writer, speaker, and Bear Archery Pro-staffer, Jason Herbert has enjoyed great success pursuing his passions in the outdoor industry. Jason is a nationally published writer with works in Outdoors Life, ...

Tim Andrus

Tim Andrus

Hunting whitetails is Tim’s true passion and he will travel anywhere to pursue them. He has had the opportunity to hunt them in 20 states and 5 Canadian provinces. What started as a hobby has now turned into a part ...

Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

Tom hails from Carson City, the heart of Michigan’s big buck country, and has stalked the woods and fields for over 38 years learning and honing his skills in the ways of whitetails, turkey and small game. As an ...

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