Visit Us at the Fargo and Sioux Falls Sportsmen’s Shows

It’s Sportshow time again, are you going to the show?  Lake of the Woods Tourism is displaying at two different sportsman’s shows across the Dakotas in March.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the area, resorts and of course, the various kinds of fishing the go along with it.

Fargo Sportsmen's ShowFargodome, Sportsmen's ShowFeb 29 – March 3, 2024, Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show in Fargo It’s sportshow season in the Dakotas and this time of the year, anglers are excited to talk Lake of the Woods fishing.  Perfect timing to be talking Lake of the Woods at the Red River Valley Sportsmen’s show that starts Thursday, February 29th and runs through Sunday, March 3rd at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND.  Once again, we will be holding down booth #166 and look forward to seeing everyone.

sioux falls convention centerSioux Falls Sportsmen's Show 2024March 14-17, 2024, Sioux Empire Sportsmen’s Show in Sioux FallsOutdoor minded folks from the Dakotas and the surrounding region love Lake of the Woods.  Once again, we will have our normal location in the main exhibit hall, booth #87.  Swing by and say hello!

Learn More about Lake of the Woods!  One of the great advantages of a sportshow is spending some time with experts from a destination to have the opportunity to learn, ask questions and ultimately make the best choice for your group.  A group of guys headed up to fish for four days might be a very different looking trip than a husband / wife getaway or family vacation.

Does it make sense to bring your own boat?  If so, where are the best places to launch?  Where are good backup spots if the wind is blowing hard?  These are all great questions and if you are headed up to Lake of the Woods, the options are many.

In some cases, for many groups, it makes all the sense in the world to work with a guide or jump on a charter boat.  Up at the NW Angle, maybe if you aren’t familiar with the water, maybe it would be helpful to jump aboard with a guide.  Experience an adventure amongst the 14,552 islands of Lake of the Woods, fish some of the best fishing in North America, target multispecies.

On the south end, many of the resorts offer charter boats to make your fishing not only easy and enjoyable, but successful.  Imagine, having a nice breakfast and around 8am stepping aboard a nice charter boat with lots of room, filled with all of the rods, reels, bait and licensed charter captain to make your time on the water count.  Guides will clean your fish after the trip and many of the resorts will cook them up for you.

Joe Henry with Lake of the Woods Tourism will be at the Lake of the Woods Tourism booth all weekend both in Fargo and Sioux Falls happy to share info and answer questions.

Jason Mitchell, 2024 Sportsmen's ShowSeminars!  Sportshows are such a great place to learn more about fishing, hunting and the great outdoors.  In Fargo and Sioux Falls, check out guide and TV personality Jason Mitchell discuss the topics, “Do’s and Don’ts with Forward Facing Sonar” and “Tackle Modifications that catch more Walleyes.”

Jason Mitchell cut his teeth as a professional fishing guide on North Dakota’s Devils Lake. At the time of his retirement from guiding, Mitchell had built one of the largest guide services in the industry. Today, Mitchell hosts the popular outdoor program Jason Mitchell Outdoors which airs on Bally Sports Networks. Over the past fifteen years, JMO has had some of the highest raw Nielsen ratings in the industry for outdoor programming. Jason Mitchell has been on the forefront of the fishing industry with innovation and is credited with pioneering several walleye fishing methods and strategies. In 2016, Mitchell was also inducted into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame

Joe Henry from Lake of the Woods Tourism will also be presenting at both sportshows.  He will be speaking about “Masters Level:  Spinners for Walleyes” and “Multispecies Success on Any Body of Water”.Joe Henry, Fall Walleye on Rainy River

As a fishing guide, licensed charter captain, and tournament angler, Joe Henry has made fishing a part of his everyday life. He has experienced many successes throughout the years with some tough days sprinkled in as well. It is learning from both, Joe believes, that helps make an angler more effective and versatile.

Joe is an award-winning outdoor communicator, sharing fishing techniques, strategies and philosophies with thousands through seminars, tv shows, videos and articles across the U.S.

Professionally, Joe has enjoyed many leadership positions and serves on a variety of boards. His professional background combined with his many fishing credentials led him to his current role, Executive Director of Lake of the Woods Tourism.
Joe works closely with 60 lodging facilities, area guides, and a variety of stakeholders. He orchestrates the strategy and execution of the marketing, promotions, events, ad buys and social media for Lake of the Woods Tourism.

Lake of the Woods Tourism visitor guide for Sportsmen's ShowVisitor Guides.  While at the show, stop by and pick up our new Lake of the Woods Tourism visitor guide.   This is a great time to learn more about the lake, resorts, activities, etc. taking place this year around Lake of the Woods.

There is a lot to talk about in the upcoming months at Lake of the Woods.

Current Ice Fishing report around the Lake.  What are current ice conditions?  What is the current ice fishing report?  How long does ice fishing last?  What are they biting on? where to catch monster March pike.

Upcoming Rainy River Walleye Fishing.  What is the outlook for spring fishing on the river?  Where should we fish?  What should we use?  How long does walleye season last?  What accesses are on the Rainy River?

Sturgeon Fishing.  How long does the season last?   What kind of setup should I use?  What is a sturgeon rig?  What part of the river do sturgeon live?  What is slot during keep season?

Resorts, Hotels, Outfitters and Guides.   Where should I stay based on our group and what we want to do?  Where can I find a list of resorts with amenity chart?  Are there deals?  What resorts offer full service guides?  What kind of boats are used on different parts of the lake?

If you are in the Fargo area this weekend or Sioux Falls a couple of weeks after, stop by and say hello!


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