Things to do at the show

2024 Show Highlights

NWSS 5 after 5

Super Thursday

Avoid the weekend crowds! Join us after 5 PM on Thursday, March 14 to take advantage of $5 admission, discounted parking, and food & drink specials.


Friday—Walleye Fish Fry!

Friday—Walleye Fish Fry!

Enjoy 4 pieces of beer-battered walleye with tartar sauce and lemon.

Walleye only—$11.75 plus tax
Walleye basket with chips—$13.75 plus tax
Walleye basket with fries—$15.75 plus tax.

While supplies last.

Extreme Raptors Show

Extreme Raptors Show

Booth 102

Learn about stunning birds of prey—eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls—and experience the beauty and charisma of these fierce, feathered predators as master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Jonathan Wood shares the fascinating history of falconry in a show filled with action, music, and comedy.

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Hawg Trough—Fishing Demonstration Tank


Watch pro anglers demonstrate their fishing and casting skills at this 5,000-gallon aquarium stocked with native Minnesota species. See for yourself how fish react to different fishing techniques and strike at various types of bait and lures.

Fred's Shed

Fred’s Shed How-To-Center—presented by Progressive®

Booth 102

Tips, tricks, and DIY advice for every boater—from first-timers to experienced captains. Have a boat or engine problem you haven’t been able to fix? Stop by and ask our tech expert about it.

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Fishing 101

Booth 102

Covers basic fishing skills for all anglers. Cast for big fish at LUNDker Lake or test your casting accuracy at Backyard Flipping. Staffed by Lund Boat Fishing Pros and Student Angler Tournament Trail Coaches. Young anglers can pick up a free fishing coloring book or play a game of FISH Bingo too!

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Trout Pond—FREE Catch & Release Fishing for Kids

Booth 103

There’s no limit to the fun! The catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing.

Up North Boat Club

Booth 103

Relax, escape winter for a few hours, enjoy a bite to eat & drink while hanging with your crew at our Minnesota-inspired oasis.

Musical Entertainment

Musical Entertainment

Booth TBD

Enjoy the musical talents of local Minneapolis musician, Jackson Burn.

Performance schedule: Thursday & Friday 3 PM–7 PM, Saturday 2 PM–6 

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Ducks Unlimited

Meeting Room 102

Learn 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 with silent auctions, raffles and more.

FREE Duck Decoy painting for kids (while supplies last).

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Create a Crankbait

Booth 103

Crafty young anglers can create a crankbait using balsa wood bodies, paint, and stick-on lure eyes to take home as a one-of-a-kind show souvenir!