Daily Boating Seminars

An expanded series of boating seminars has been added to this year’s show. America’s Boating Club will present veteran instructor Sam Insalaco who is set to hit the show stage and teach a series of seminars including: “Weather or Not” (weather forecasting for boaters); “Best Boating Apps” (the best available apps and safety practices); and “Getting Into Boating 101” (plain advice for new boaters). He will appear several times each day.

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Daily Fishing Clinics

Meet and listen to tournament-tested professionals share their stories and advice on successful fishing.

On stage, meet and listen to tournament-tested professionals share their stories and advice on successful fishing. You’ll meet Capt. Gary Zart who will share his “Trolling Techniques for Catching Walleye.” Shane Montgomery will give away his secrets for “Finding Those Big Bass.” Dan Armitage, outdoor writer and host of Buckeye Sportsman radio will present his colorful and entertaining “Kids Fishing Fun” seminar. And, special appearances by the bass tournament team of Lori Povisil and Beth Mills, better known on the Ohio bass circuit as “Two Chicks In A Boat” will present their fun advice in “Everyone Can Fish – The Bass Basics!”

New Kids Zone!

Created by popular artist Bailey VanKirk, will feature hands-on activities, the Nautical Alphabet Wall, character cutouts for pictures, face painters, balloon artists and more.

From pirates to learning activities… don’t leave the kids at home. We know Ohio boating is all about family!

Don’t leave the kids at home. We know Ohio boating is all about family! That’s why we given Sunday (March 1) our “Family Day” theme. We have also commissioned popular Ohio artist Bailey VanKirk to design a special Kids Zone that will contain hands-on art and learning activities, like a “Nautical Flags Alphabet Wall” where kids can use movable tiles to spell out in flags, or a big “Fish Identification Wall” where kids place and name fish. There will also be a companion coloring station where they create and take home a page they’ve colored in with their favorite flag letters. And, look for standup character cutouts, like pirates (Arrrgh!) and sailors (great for family pictures), alongside face painters, balloon artists and more. (Note: All Kids Zone activities will operate every show day.)

KIDS FISH TOO! Members of the University of Akron Bass Fishing Club will be teaching kids how to cast for the big ones
ARRRRGH! Meet the friendly pirates at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club display for fun and pictures. Shiver me timbers!!!

Painting For A Cause

Meet artist Bailey VanKirk and watch her execute a painting to be raffled off as a benefit to the Lake Erie Foundation.

She’s one of Ohio’s most popular photorealist-style artists and operates from her studios at Desdemona’s Gallery in Marblehead. In addition to creating the new Kids Zone, Bailey will be doing an oil painting live throughout the show. That painting will go to some lucky show visitor who purchases a raffle ticket. All money from the raffle will go directly to the Lake Erie Foundation, a non-profit that champions clean water and public access issues in Ohio.

Bass Tank

It’s a 5000-gallon bass-filled aquarium where the fish are looking back at you! Witness how the fish actually react under water to different lure presentations. You’ll be entertained and educated at the same time when fishing pros present daily clinics from atop this unique show feature.

Dine on Great Food and Drink

Enjoy our famous perch tacos! If it were any better you would be on the water!

Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour all show hours on Friday and receive $3 off all bar drinks!