Niagara’s Fishing and Outdoor Expo Has Amazing Attractions

In less than two weeks, the Seventh Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be here. Set for Jan. 17-19 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, the expo has two goals: promoting and teaching freshwater fishing.

There will be over 200 educational seminars for kids, women and adults of all levels of experience. These seminars will cover a variety of fishing topics as well as kayaking, kids fishing/outdoors and more. Check out the expo's website for a list of seminars and exhibitors.

With more than 170 exhibitors, the expo is the largest freshwater fishing expo in New York, as well as one of the largest in the Great Lakes region. Whether you hook bass and walleye or salmon and trout, and whether you fly fish, kayak fish, etc., there is something of interest for every type of angler. It's a perfect remedy for a case of cabin fever! To find out more information, visit the website or call the Conference and Event Center at 716-278-2100. Three-day passes are available online for $20; single-day passes are available at the door for $10. (Canadian money is accepted at par with exact change available for admission and concessions.)

Booths & Exhibitors

This multi-species fishing show consists of many well-known fishing manufacturers, local and regional fishing retailers, local fishing guides and outfitters, the best local fishing boat dealers, kayak fishing watercraft, marine electronics, local fishing clubs and much more.

Seminars & Classes

Since the expo is built around the idea of "teaching fishing," expect a wide-ranging roster of seminars from a group of more than 100 fishing experts. No matter your level of experience or areas of interest, you'll find a way to expand your fishing knowledge. Even brand-new anglers, young or old, will find classes tailored to their needs. Classes are included in the price of admission.

For experienced anglers, the show also hosts the annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) Salmon School. This is the only education offering at the show that requires an additional fee to attend — but act soon, as the school has sold out every year since its inception in 2007.

For the Kids

Hoping to inspire the next generation of anglers, the expo is free to all children 12 and under with a paying adult (limit 2 children per adult). Saturday and Sunday, kids can take advantage of a robust fishing curriculum taught by expert instructors to teach them and their parents the skills they need to enjoy the fishing experience. There are also sessions targeted to high school and college attendees.

Get Out on the Water

The expo is centrally located within to one of the most diverse and spectacular freshwater sport fisheries on the planet. The Niagara River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie are all close by for salmon, trout, bass, walleye, muskellunge and so much more. Learn more about the best places to cast a line.

DEC Celebrates 50 years with Open House and More

The State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will kick off its 50th anniversary year by holding a special "open house" in the Cataract Room of the Conference and Event Center to showcase the personnel getting the job done for New York anglers. This unique event will take place on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring 10 different stations that will include fish manager for Lake Erie and Lake Ontario with their corresponding fish biologists, the inland streams, the Finger Lakes, the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Environmental Law Enforcement, Women in Fishing, Bureau of Fisheries management and more. It’s never been done before and you will want to be part of this history-making event. On Friday night (Jan. 17), there will be abbreviated versions of the State of Lake Erie and State of Lake Ontario as we enter the new year. 

Experience the Falls

If you're visiting from out of town, be sure to take advantage of the attractions that await in and around Niagara Falls USA:

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