March 16-19, 2017
Features & Attractions
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2016 Ultimate Sport Show. The 2017 Show details will be posted soon…
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.
The requirements are:
- The Angler must attend at least one seminar and pay attention.
- The angler needs to check out the tremendous selection of the newest lures, accessories, electronics, rods and reels and buy some.
- The Angler needs to inspect the features of the really cool fishing boats that are on sale at the show by Michigan’s finest dealers. They rig ‘em right, so that you catch the maximum number of fish.
- The Angler must talk with at least 3 outfitters or guides and find out how great fishing can be in Canada, Alaska, Michigan or 17 other states.
If you attend the Show and complete these very simple and enjoyable requirements, we formally GUARANTEE that you will catch noticeably more fish this year than last!
HUGE Bill Simonson of WBBL explains what to do if you do not catch more fish this year!
If you do not catch more fish in 2016 than you did in 2015, fill out the Ultimate Sport Show affidavit found in the 2016 Show Program, sign it and bring it, along with a photo of yourself with an empty stringer on Thursday, March 16, 2017 to the Ultimate Sport Show at DeVos Place and receive free admission and a place in the “Re-indoctrination to Fishing – Angler in Need Seminar.”
Reindoctrination to Fishing – Angler in Need Seminar
Thursday ONLY – 3:30pm
This seminar is for all attendees of the 2015 Ultimate Sport Show that failed to catch more fish in 2015 than in 2014 and have fulfilled all of the requirements to qualify for free entry to the 2016 Show on Thursday only, March 17 (filled out an affidavit from the 2015 Ultimate Sport Show program and has brought a photo of themself from 2015 with an empty stringer). Seminar leader Dave Rose will review all the rudimentary basics for rigging and presenting bait for Michigan Gamefish. He will also review the 2016 Show Program, so that extra guidance may be provided for the Angler in Need by all exhibitors in the Show, including fishing boat specialists, outfitters and guides, tackle experts, seminar leaders, clothiers and haberdashers.
It is our dedicated mission that all attendees of our Sport Shows catch more fish every year and look excellent in the process.
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 of the air and race through obstacle courses with breathtaking speed, plus dock diving! Spectators, children and adults alike always leave The Marvelous Mutts’ shows with smiles on their faces…after they pick their jaws up off the ground!
The Marvelous Mutts have appeared on ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Fox & Friends, and The Late Show with David Letterman. This seasoned crew of performing canines, all adopted from shelters and rescue groups and each with an amazing story, showcase their athleticism in a fast-paced, high-energy, action-packed show!
Thursday: 5pm | 8pm
Friday: 1pm | 5pm | 8pm
Saturday: 1pm | 4pm | 7pm
Sunday: 12pm | 3pm
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 while maneuvering across the waters of Lake Ultimate. These are truly unique seminars seen only at Michigan’s Ultimate Sport Shows!
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 seminar platform and learn from the best!
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 the front door of the Sport Show is: “Which way to the taxidermy?” The organization holds their annual competition and convention at the Ultimate Sport Show each year. Fish, deer heads, small and large mammals are on display, upwards of 250 mounts are entered. Most museums would love to have just a sample of this annual display!
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 of WLAV mornings will be broadcasting live in front of DeVos Place from 6:30am to 6:30pm. The food will be collected by MSAH volunteers and donated to God’s Kitchen of Catholic Charities West Michigan and other needy organizations. Over the past 15 years it is estimated that attending Sportsmen, upwards of 2,000 each year, have donated over 120,000 lbs. of food during this, the largest annual single day food drive in Michigan! Help Tony Gates and MSAH volunteers set another record this year!
Big Buck Night West
Thursday – 7pm in the Ballroom (seating begins at 6:30pm)
Presented by Michigan Out-of-Doors TV Show
Celebrity hosts Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olson will interview the lucky Michigan hunters who have bagged some of the largest whitetail deer of the season. Special consideration is given to hunters who have amazing stories about their trophies. This one-night show will be filmed for airing on the upcoming television program and is a must-see for every Michigan deer hunter!
Turkey Hunting Workshop
Saturday, March 19 ~ 10am – 12pm
The National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual workshop returns to the Sport Show again this year. Calling, scouting, camouflage, positioning, and choosing firearms and bows are all part of this comprehensive presentation on Saturday morning only.
Grand Rapids Open Turkey Calling Competition
Hosted by the Grand Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
Saturday, March 19 ~ 2pm – 6pm
The competition will feature some of Michigan’s top callers as they compete for cash and prizes. Judges will include some of Michigan’s best known writers and call manufacturers. Top finalists from the competition will be eligible to compete in the National Calling Competition.
Deer Processing Demo
Saturday, March 19 ~ 2:30pm
Steve Francis, owner of Country Smoke House, will demonstrate how to field dress, handle, butcher and process your next whitetail deer. Country Smoke House processes thousands of deer each year. Steve is an expert in his field and will show you the tricks of the trade and lessons learned over decades of hard work in the butchering industry. He starts with a fresh deer and walks through every step of the process from dressing and skinning to butchering and packaging. This is a must-see for every deer hunter and venison lover.
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 percentage of any trout pond! The Steelheaders will clean, fillet and bag with ice your catch at their booth for free. It only costs $5 to give it a try.
Fish Cleaning Demonstrations
Presented by the Grand Rapids Steelheaders
Learn the best way to clean your fish! All fish caught at the trout pond will be cleaned and bagged with ice for free at the Steelheaders’ fish cleaning / demonstration booth. Bring ‘em home ready for the skillet!
Fly Tyers Corner
Presented by the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company and the Grand River Fly Tyers
Come watch some of the top fly tyers in Michigan as they set up and demonstrate their favorite patterns of fulfill a request. This is a constant workshop for anglers that share an interest in this artful pastime.
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 tips and techniques that will surely improve your time on the water this year.
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 participation.
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 Lure Collectors Club and the Old Reel Collectors Association and is well versed in all kinds of fishing tackle – lures, reels, rods and accessories. Terry will be answering questions and offering free appraisals, so Ultimate Sport Show visitors are invited to bring in their old fishing tackle. There might be some valuable surprises!
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 well as vintage outboards. Dick is a member of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, and the Antique Outboard Motor Club. Ultimate Sport Show visitors are invited to come in and talk to Dick about restoration projects or to bring in old outboard motors for him to appraise.
Virtual Fishing Simulator
Presented by the Michigan Charter Boat Association
Take the trolling rod in hand, watch the video screen and get ready! The salmon takes that lure like a freight train and your job is to land that fish. You have to try this technology! Michigan charter captains are on-hand to coach your fish playing technique. Top scores for the weekend will win charter trips on the Great Lakes.
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 gets better. Everything from the incredibly lifelike to the whimsically humorous. Woodcarvings of every kind will be on display, and carvers will be happy to discuss their work.
ORV Certification Class
Presented by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department
Saturday ONLY, March 19 ~ 12pm-5pm
The Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting an Off Road Vehicle Certification Course. Certification is required for all children under 16 years old to operate an ORV in Michigan (even on private property). However, the course is available to older ORV operators as well. Successful completion of the class will lead to certification as an “ORV Operator by the Michigan DNR.” A test will be administered at the completion of the class and after the class participants will be able to enjoy the Sport Show at no charge. For additional information call 616-632-6223 (pre-registration is not required). Class participants should check in at the Exhibitor Table at the Main Entrance located near the Box Office on Saturday. You will be directed up to the class room just before noon.
Ultimate Walleye Clinic
Saturday: 12pm – 2pm
The clinic is FREE with your paid show admission ticket to the first 100 to sign up. Register at Romanack’s Booth #2172
Walleye Gurus Mark Romanack and Jake Romanack will join forces for the Ultimate Walleye Clinic!
It would be hard to find two anglers with more collective walleye fishing experience. These men are ardent trollers who have spent countless hours fishing the open waters of Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay for trophy walleyes. Just some of the topics of interest that are sure to be covered in this seminar include crankbait trolling, using planer boards, fishing diving planers, using downriggers, snap weight trolling, techniques for drifting and trolling live bait and much more. This special 2-hour workshop on advanced Walleye Techniques will cover every new angle for fishermen who want to climb to the next level of catching walleyes.
Free admission to this clinic! Chance to win dozens of door prizes. Register at Mark Romanack’s booth #2172. Those signing up for the clinic on Thursday & Friday of the Show will be given re-admission passes to enter the Show on Saturday for the clinic. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the pros!
Ultimate Bass Clinic
Saturday: 3pm – 5pm
$25 Fee – Purchase tickets in the Xtreme Bass Tackle Booth #1924
Capt. Wayne Carpenter and Combat Bass Fishing Pro Staff offer you a look into bass fishing secrets in technique, style and tackle. Get more than your monies worth from a seminar that delivers the details then sends you out with info and more value in product than you paid for! Get the inside scoop on techniques from tournament fishing pro-staff and guide level techniques for dialing in on spots from Capt. Wayne. At the end, fire questions at our panel and get more than one perspective or solution for catching super bass. One hour just isn’t long enough for anglers who want advanced bass fishing information so get two hours, and leave with more than you bargained for! Sign up for the Ultimate Bass Clinic and get a “tournament tune-up” for the upcoming season.
A fee of $25 will be collected at the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth #1924 Thursday through Saturday morning. Each attendee will receive a “free gift” valued at more than the cost of the clinic, plus a chance to win the Grand Prize drawing! Those signing up for the clinic on Thursday or Friday will be given a free re-admission pass to enter the show on Saturday for the Clinic. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a team of professionals who want to see you succeed! Sign up early, seating is limited.
Ultimate Salmon & Steelhead Clinic
Sunday: 11:30am – 1:30pm
The clinic is FREE with your paid Show Admission ticket to the first 100 to sign up. Register at the Grand Rapids Steelheaders’ Booth #2000
Presented by Dave Engel and Bill Bale of Best Chance Promotions
These two superstars of Big Lake Tournaments will share their special techniques and experience garnered over the last 20 years as tournament champions on the Great Lakes. Whether it is long lining lead core, maximizing Dipsy results, getting the most out of your electronics, or selecting your tackle, time spent here will assuredly improve next year’s catch.
Register for the clinic at the Grand Rapids Steelheaders’ booth #2000. Those signing up for the clinic on Thursday, Friday or Saturday will be given re-admisison passes to enter the Show on Sunday for the clinic. Plenty of time will be set aside for questions and answers.
Ultimate Electronics Clinic
Sunday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
$25 Fee – Purchase tickets at the Walleye 101 booth #1468
Join Lance Valentine of Walleye 101 for an in-depth seminar designed to help you get the most from your Lowrance sonar / GPS units. Topics covered include: Sonar Interpretation; Using and Reading StructureScan; Advanced GPS Usage / Waypoint Management; Creating Your Own Lake Maps; Using Multiple Units; Planning a Sonar / GPS System; Basic Installation and Rigging; Using Networks and Ethernet; and New Products.