It’s that time of the year again, when the air turns crisp, and the lakes start to freeze over. Ice fishing enthusiasts, get ready because the annual Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is back! From November 17th to 19th, 2023, the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota, will host the eleventh edition of this exciting event. If you’re passionate about ice fishing, this is the place to be. Here’s everything you need to know about the expo:
Gear Up for ice fishing season
The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your ice fishing season preparations. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just getting into the sport, you’ll find everything you need to have a successful and enjoyable ice fishing experience. The expo promises to showcase the latest and greatest in ice fishing gear, electronics, tackle, ice houses, snowmobiles, and ATVs.
Learn from the pros
One of the highlights of the expo is the lineup of ice fishing seminars presented by the CLAM Ice Team pros. These experts include Jeremy Colsen, Chris Granrud, Gage Griffin, Scott Merwin, Mike Raetz, Mike Rodger, Scott Seibert, and Jim and Maria Stevenson. They will cover a wide range of topics, from ice fishing basics to specific tips for different fish species. Whether you’re interested in learning about the best lures or strategies for a successful ice fishing outing, these seminars have you covered.
Friday, 4 p.m.: “Today’s Technology” Mike Rodger
Friday, 5 p.m.: “Breaking Down New Lakes Efficiently as a Team” Scott Merwin/Jeremy Colsen
Friday, 6 p.m.: “Ice Fishing Masters Course for Monster Fish” Chris Granrud
Saturday, 11 a.m.: “Wheel House Tips and Tricks” Jim and Maria Stevenson
Saturday, 12 noon: Q & A with Junior Ice Team Pro Panel
Saturday, 1 p.m.: “Spoon-Fed Panfish,” Mike Raetz
Saturday, 2 p.m.: “Lake Trout Tips and Rigging,” Scott Seibert
Saturday, 3 p.m.: “Shallow Water Jumbo Perch” Gage Griffin
The Ultimate collection of wheel houses
If you’re in the market for a wheelhouse, the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo boasts the largest supply of wheelhouses at any ice fishing show in the United States. This is your chance to explore different options, ask questions, and find the perfect wheelhouse to make your ice fishing trips more comfortable and enjoyable.
Besides the exciting seminars, the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is packed with features that will make your visit worthwhile. You can expect to meet ice fishing celebrities, explore guide services, discover new equipment, and even test outdoor gear. Whether you’re looking for travel destinations for your next ice fishing adventure or want to upgrade your equipment, this event has it all.
As we eagerly await the ice to freeze over and create those perfect fishing spots, the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is a fantastic opportunity to gear up and learn from the best in the industry. Mark your calendars for November 17-19, 2023, and join thousands of fellow anglers at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. It’s time to get ready for another thrilling ice fishing season!
Basskhang Custom Rods & Tackle LLC
Fish Armor, LLC
Forest Lake Auto Truck & Trailer
Future Anglers of Minnesota
Garrett UlmanIron Range Custom Rods
Ice Runner VersaRack
JT Outdoor Products
LeafFilter Gutter Protection
Luckys Mini Trucks
Minnesota Discount Batteries
Muskie Bay Resort
National Coalition For Men, Twin Cities Chapter
Northern Lights Rattle Reels
Pastime Priorities, LLC
Polar Fox Outdoors
Rainy Lake Remote
RAZR Ice Augers
Thalmanns Guide Service
The Bobber Buddy
Thorne Brothers LLC
Trav Powers Tackle Company
Travel Resorts of the Midwest
Up North Sports
Vet Run Technologies
WESTRES MARINE & SPORT INC
Wheel House Warriors
Wohllys Ice Rod Hangers
Location: NSC Sport Expo Center, 1750 105th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449. The Sport Expo Center features a 21,000 square foot clear span roof, ideally suited for vendor booths.
- Friday, November 17: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday, November 18: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday, November 19: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Adults: $12 per day
- Students (12-17): $7 per day
- Children (11 and under): Admitted free
- Discount tickets for Military and Veterans (with ID): $5
- Seniors (65+ with ID): $5
And the best part? There’s unlimited free parking, so you don’t have to worry about hunting for a spot.