Minnesota is under winter's spell for five months of the year, making it a prime destinations for winter sports of many kinds. Ice fishing in the state is a popular pastime for residents and visitors alike. Minnesota, also known as the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, has plenty of ice fishing locales and opportunities, so many in fact, that the city of St. Paul hosts what they claim to be the largest Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show in the country each year.
The annual Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show is held at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Held over a three-day weekend, the expo began as a small event for die-hard ice fishing locals to share tips on equipment, where to fish and view the latest toys and gear for their sport. Today, the show features more than 150 exhibitors and has talks, seminars, classes and door prizes like ice fishing vacations and getaways.
Exhibitors and Products
Equipment displayed and sold at the show and expo includes augers, underwater cameras, fish finders and marine electronics, outdoor gear and clothing, snow boots and waders, tackle, rods and reels, ice shanties and floor-plans and equipment to get you to and from ice fishing locations. Look for booths from Daiwa, Shimano, Abu Garcia, Columbia Clothing, Sorel Boots and Garmin GPS.
Seminars and Talks
Prior Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show events and talks include building an ice-shanty, heating ice shelters and baits to use. Exhibitors have small sessions at their sites and tables, check the St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show website for updates on events, talks and class sessions for the show. In addition, the show features door prizes and raffles. Downloadable coupons good for discounted admissions to the show are available at the show's website.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.