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Sixth annual Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo, presented by Clam Outdoors, coming up November 17-19 at NSC’s Welcome Center

11/07/2017, 3:30pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Best place for shopping for pre-season equipment deals

BLAINE, Minn. (November 7, 2017) – The National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine will present the sixth annual Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo, November 17-19, 2017 at the NSC’s Sport Expo Center and Welcome Center.

This event will give fishermen a great opportunity to preview the latest tackle, electronics, gear and ice houses, and snowmobiles and ATV’s, just ahead of ice fishing season. An attendance of over 5,000 is expected.

“The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is 100 percent ice fishing,” said expo sales director Mike Brodzinski. “We will have all the biggest names in the ice fishing industry attending the show, and we’re trying to make it easy for customers to pick up all the gear they need for a new season at great prices. If you want deals, this will be the show to attend.”

“Be prepared before the ice hits the lakes.”

The Expo seminar schedule, sponsored by Clam Outdoors, offers an all-star line-up of ice fishing seminars from Ice Team pros Dave Genz, Jason Durham, Chris Granrud, Pat and Mike Rodger, Garett Svir, Shawn Lankki, and Mark Stevens.

The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo also boasts the largest supply of wheelhouses at any ice fishing show in the U.S.

The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is a property owned by the National Sports Center.

Fast Facts:

Location: NSC Welcome Center, 1750 105th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449. The 36,000 square foot Welcome Center features the Sport Expo Center, a 21,000 square foot clear span roof ideally suited for vendor booths

Hours: Friday, November 17, 2 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, November 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $10 per day; Students (12-17), $7 per day. 11 and under admitted free. Unlimited free parking.

Features: ice fishing celebrities, seminars and classes, guide services, wheel houses, youth programs, travel destinations, new equipment, outdoor equipment testing.

Seminar Schedule, presented by Clam Outdoors:

Friday, 3 p.m.: “Bite Detection,” Pat Rodger
Friday, 4 p.m.: “Tournament Mindset On-Ice,” Shawn Lankki and Adam Griffith
Friday, 5 p.m.: Q and A session with the Ice Team Pro Panel
Friday, 6 p.m.: “Ice Fishing Masters Course,” Chris Granrud

Saturday, 11 a.m.: “”Go-To Tactics for Everything Big,” Jeff Anderson   
Saturday, 12 noon: “Panfish Simplicity,” Jason Durham
Saturday, 1 p.m.: “Ice Fishing Q and A; bring a question, win a prize,” Dave Genz
Saturday, 2 p.m.: “Family Ice Fishing,” Mark Stevens
Saturday, 3 p.m.: Q and A session with the Ice Team Pro Panel
Saturday, 4 p.m.: “Catching Giant Bluegills,” Garrett Svir

Sunday, 11 a.m.: “Putting it Together: a modern product overview,” Mike Rodger
Sunday, 12 noon: Q and A session with the Ice Team Pro Panel

Seminar presenters’ biographies:

Jeff Anderson, Baxter, Minn., is a professional fishing guide, owner of Leisure Outdoors, who frequents Lake Mille Lacs, Leech Lake and Lake of the Woods.  Jeff appears regularly on the In-Fisherman TV and is a very accredited multi-species angler.

Jason Durham has been a fishing guide in the Park Rapids, Minn. area for over 20 years. He started Go Fish! Guide Service Inc. at the age of 15 and has been educating anglers through seminars, writing, television, radio and hands-on experience ever since.

Dave Genz, St. Cloud, Minn., is known as “Mr. Ice Fishing” and is credited with pioneering the modern era of ice fishing. He was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2011. Dave has influenced many innovations in fishing designs and concepts, most notably CLAM’s Fish Trap shelters.

Brothers Pat and Mike Rodger grew up in Northeast Minneapolis and would ride their bikes to the Mississippi River to fish from shore. As they grew older, they ventured out onto close-by lakes like Moore Lake and Silver Lake. Their love of fishing continued to grow and they now are part of the Ultimate Panfish League. They are experts in building their own ice rods and spend every chance they get fishing, hunting or teaching others what they know.

Mark Stevens was born in South Dakota and was taught by his dad how to ice fish–back when hand augers and chisels were the norm. Today, Mark fishes tournaments in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and after his first tournament he was as hooked.  Mark enjoys being part of the Ice Team, who are ambassadors for ice fishing that teach and train people both new and experienced in the sport.

Shawn Lankki, Monticello, Minn., has been ice fishing professionally for eight years. In the summer he fishes bass tournaments.

Chris Granrud, International Falls, Minn., has fast-become one of the more accomplished ice fishing guides in Northern Minnesota. Chris guides on Rainy Lake and not only does he land a lot of big fish, but he truly enjoys educating others and ensuring that they have a great time on the ice.

Garett Svir, Sauk Rapids, Minn., is a world class angler and promoter specializing in pursuing trophy bluegills and steelhead. He has written numerous articles for various fishing publications including Hooked Magazine, Crappie Angler Magazine, Great Lakes Angler, Dakota Hunting and Fishing and Mid-West Outdoors. He is on the professional staff for Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, Crestliner Boats, Mercury Marine, Northland Fishing Tackle and Raven Tackle. Garett is driven by a strong passion for everything fishing and helping grow the best sport on earth.

List of vendors (current to November 7, 2017):

Clam Outdoors
Boy Scouts of America
Outfitter Fans
Ultimate Outdoors
Black Bear Fish House
Paradise Fishing
Smooth Rattle Reels
Outdoor News Inc.
Venom Outdoors
BK Outdoors
Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters
Elliott Fishing Rods
American Surplus
JT Outdoor Products
JMS Outdoor Products
Thorne Brothers, Inc.
Beckers Resort
Johnsons Walleye Retreat
Geiger’s Trails End Resort
Enovative Technologies
Fish Trough Inc
Tactical Fishing LLC
Ardisam Inc.
Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association
Blue Ribbon Bait and Tackle
Feldmann Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Northern Lights Rattle Reels
Fisherbeck LLC
Grandpa Jimmy's Ice Hole Trap
Up North Sports
House of Lumens
Sportsman’s Redneck Juice LLC
Catch Cover Firehouse
Otter Outdoors
A-Plus Oils
Outdoors Weekly
LeafFilter North of Minnesota, LLC.
Joe's Sporting Goods
Maynards Tackle
Quick Clamp Outdoors Hemmerlin Enterprises LLC
GO Athletics
Artistic Vision Fish Taxidermy
Duck Water Boats
Rapala Ice Force
Roth RV
Northland Auto Center
Beberg Outdoors LLC

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