For many of us, the thought of boat shows bring about visions of warm, sun-splashed days on the teak deck of a cabin cruiser. We have a tasty drink to our right and, depending on your taste, a wind-kissed blonde or cut-up bronze God to our left. We’re on the open sea, without a care in the world. But, that isn’t Paradise for everyone. Those who attend the 2016 St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show are all about boating on the cold and icy waters of Lake Superior.
Cue Gordon Lightfoot. “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down, of the big lake they call Gitchee Goomie…”
Taking place at St. Paul RiverCentre, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the show runs December 2 - 4. It’s open 1 pm - 9 pm Friday. The doors open at 10 am both Saturday and Sunday. They stay open until 7 pm Saturday. The show closes at 5 pm Sunday afternoon.
Marine Source tells us the St. Paul Show features a plethora of new ice fishing products. These include rods and reels, fish houses, digital fish finders, tackle, augers, and all manner of fishing accessories.
Speeches and seminars are a big draw at this show. “Tackle Terry” Tuma will be on hand Friday, talking about ice fishing for panfish. Chris Granrud’s topic Friday afternoon will be “Gearing Up for Gameday.”
Saturday seminars will be headlined by Eric Haataja. He will be sharing his vast knowledge of Great Lakes opportunities.
Per GS Events, this ultra-affordable show charges just $10 for an adult ticket. Kids get in for half that. Children five and under are free. The St. Paul RiverCentre is located at 175 W Kellogg Blvd, in St Paul, Minnesota.
Marine Source, gsevents.com, www.visitsaintpaul.com
Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hastings