One big outdoors show will cascade in Niagara Falls this coming weekend.
From Friday to Sunday, the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo inside the Conference and Event Center at 101 Old Falls Street brings together top fishing and hunting pros, informative presenters, more than 100 exhibitors and a Sunday Marketplace with 50-plus vendors set up in the Ballroom all that day.
Throughout the three-day Expo the emphasis will be on fishing; however, hunting experts such as archer Frank Addington Jr. joins the slate of angling gurus who will share tips, tricks and insights for area fishermen and women who are headed onto the ice or plan for upcoming warm-weather outings.
Presenters offer talks each day for adults (expert and novice) and seminars for youths ages 12 and younger with an adult. While not at fishing classes, young attendees can enjoy activities in an interactive Kids’ Zone.
The interactive children’s programming series provides kids with an adventure area, a face painter, and other activities that include a trout pond where they can learn to catch a fish and try for themselves.
Fishing-related talks include Lazy Larry’s Bead Fishing, Lance Valentine’s Walleye 101, Capt. Brian Garrett of Tall Tails Sportfishing will discuss “Tournament Tactics,” Capt. Pete Alex covers tactics for walleye and salmonids, Joe Montgomery covers “Ice Fishing Safety” and other seminars deal with invasive species in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, cooking demonstrations and other talks on topics that will appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts.
Bass anglers have great opportunities to improve their catching skills during panel discussions held on the Main Stage during the weekend. Bass University co-founders Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek share information of use on the tournament trail or on the most informal fun venture.
Both Iaconelli and Gluszek have devoted decades to professional competitions, which include Bassmaster Classic entries and wins.
The Expo doors will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 and parking is free at the Conference and Event Center. For more details on the Expo, go to niagarafishingexpo.com.
Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) is partnering with Greater Niagara Expo planners to present informative sessions for youths and all interested in the Lake Ontario fishery, and the Sunday Marketplace in the Conference Center Ballroom will be a crowning finale feature.
LOTSA has held this popular Sunday vendors’ gathering for six years as part of a fishing program at the Niagara County Fairgrounds in Lockport. Proceeds from the Marketplace and other fees all go to support the association’s pen rearing project and other programs.
This year, the Marketplace will include more than 50 vendors offering used and hand-made fishing tackle and gear items. Everything from jigs, flies and spoons to electronics to side- and down-rigging devices will be on display and on sale during that day. Regular visitors plan to arrive early for this gathering, but many a good deal can be found on tables and racks until the 5 p.m. closing.
LOTSA’s Pen Rearing Project, done with Department of Environmental Conservation supervision, enters its third year of a five-year study of trout and salmon reared and stocked from the Town of Newfane Marina at Olcott in early April.
Volunteers from the association and all interested in the project devote hours in setting up the pens and even more hours feeding fish and tending apparatus to ensure a successful stocking.
In previous years, more than 50,000 Chinook salmon and about 3,500 steelhead trout are grown and made accustomed to area waters before their release into Lake Ontario.
This and other LOTSA efforts benefit from proceeds at the Greater Niagara Expo and Marketplace. To view the pen rearing project and other association activities, go to lotsa.org.