Features at a Glance

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NEW! LIVE Shark Encounter

Space 103B

Look into the eyes of a live shark and experience a thrill like no other—and you’ll understand why sharks have long captured the imagination, stirring both fear and fascination. Learn about the true legacy of these mysterious creatures in a fascinating show that separates the fact from the fiction, and why, now more than ever, the importance of understanding this fascinating species is critical for its survival.

Daily Education Sessions:

  • Thursday: 2 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM, 3 PM and 7 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM, 2 PM, 4 PM and 6 PM
  • Sunday: 11 AM and 2 PM


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NEW! Fishing 101

Brought to you by Lund Boats, Rapala & Student Angler Tournament Trail

Fishing 101 covers basic skills for anglers. Learn about casting, knot tying, netting and lures at stations staffed by Lund Boats and Rapala  Fishing Professionals and Student Angler Tournament Coaches.

Young anglers can pick up a free fishing coloring book to get them hooked, too

Lund Boats, Rapala &  Student Angler Tournament Trail

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The Hawg Trough—Fishing demonstrations

Back of Aisle 900

Experience fishing in a whole new way—from the viewpoint of the fish! Watch pro anglers demonstrate their fishing and casting skills at this 5,000-gallon aquarium stocked with native Minnesota species. You'll enjoy a unique underwater view of how fish react to different fishing techniques and strike at various types of bait and lures.

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Ducks Unlimited Room

Room 102 A/D

Learn about how Ducks Unlimited (DU) works to conserve wetlands and protect waterfowl in Minnesota. Help fill the skies with waterfowl for future generations—support DU’s conservation mission and the future of waterfowl hunting with silent auctions, raffles and more FREE Duck Decoy painting for kids (while supplies last).

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Fishing Seminars

Don’t let these get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Sessions cover a variety of fishing topics.

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair DIY Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

Sponsored by Yamalube:

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Hunter’s Laser Shot Gallery

Room 101 J

Free laser hunting games presented by the Minneapolis Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety Program introduce children to hunting and teach the importance of safety. It’s a fun, exciting way for youngsters to learn about gun safety, ethics and responsible gun ownership.

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Hunting & Fishing licenses

Lobby D

Get licenses for your favorite activities. The Minnesota DNR booth is your one-stop shop for all the licenses you’ll need to enjoy the outdoors this year.

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Kids’ Create-a-Crankbait

Booth 92

Crafty young anglers can create a crankbait—by coloring a rattling plastic crankbait body and adding stick-on lure features—to take home as a one-of-a-kind show souvenir! Brought to you by Tips Outdoors Foundation. 

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Marine Electronics University

Room 102A

Explore the latest in marine electronics technology using Lowrance HDS GEN3 Touch units. Sessions will cover all the basics and more—with hands-on instruction on everything from routine setup and product use to news about leading technologies such as CHIRP sonar and Insight Genesis Mapping. You’ll also hear about newly released products. 

Class include gift bag with Insight Genesis software—a $100 value.

Register online & save!
Fee $25 per person includes adult admission. Click here to puchase tickets to the class.

Register at the show Office: Fee $15 per person ($14 adult admission not included). 

Daily Classes:

  • Thursday: 3 PM and 6 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM, 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM


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National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, March 24 at 5:00 PM—Main Seminar Stage

You are invited to attend the induction ceremony as Gord Ellis and Anne Orth are welcomed into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

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Trout Pond—A Show Tradition

Lobby D

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one". Free for kids 12 and younger!

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Wild Turkey Room Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Room

Room 101 G

Get set for the spring turkey hunts. NWTF staff and turkey hunting experts from throughout Minnesota will be on hand to talk turkey hunting and answer your questions. PLUS

  • Daily turkey hunting seminars
  • Wild turkey mounts representing the World Slam of Turkeys

Fun activities for kids including:

  • Turkey call making (while supplies last)
  • Wild turkey coloring contest
  • JAKES Take Aim air gun range

Don’t miss the Zoomobile! See a variety of wild animals up close and learn about their important roles in nature. Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Zoomobile. Schedule: Friday and Saturday 5pm–7pm

Balloon Artistry by Mandana
Minnesota native and international award-winning balloon artist Mandana Moshrefzadeh will twist, bend, and shape balloons into animals, characters, headwear and other fun shapes. Schedule:
Friday 3 PM–5 PM and Saturday 5 PM–7 PM


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Adventure Trail Pass

Calling all adventure seekers! Kids can learn about the outdoors as they follow the Adventure Trail map to visit stations throughout the show. Pick up your child's map in the NWTF Wild Turkey Room. Stops on the Adventure Trail include the Minneapolis DNR Laser Shot Gallery, Ducks Unlimited Room, Create-a-Crankbait and the Trout Pond. Kids who visit all of the stations and return their map to the Wild Turkey Room will receive a prize (while supplies last).

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Halibut vs. Walleye

Let your taste decide!

Stop by Hidden Bay Resort (Booth 1203) to sample Canadian walleye and Happy Hooker Resort (Booth 1204) to sample Alaskan halibut and determine which fish you wish— walleye or halibut. Samples available each day, while supplies last.  

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Reel 'em In

Donate your old rods & reels to kids in need—Space 1

Do you have old rods and reels that you are no longer using or that are broken? Fishing For Life will gladly take them off your hands! Their Reel 'em In program is a way of getting rod and reel combos into the hands of children who don't already have one.
Drop off your used rods and reels to Space 1 to receive a $5 off coupon for your purchase at Joe's Sporting Goods. Fishing For Life will refurbish them into a perfect combo for another kid!


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