Duluth ice-fishing and winter show opens Friday

An ice angler hauls his sled of ice-fishing gear onto the ice of Boulder Lake north of Duluth in late November, before the big snowfall. (Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune file)

Don’t forget that the first Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show hits the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Friday and runs through Sunday.

A full slate of ice-fishing manufacturers and retailers will gather to show and demonstrate their wares to Northland ice anglers. And those anglers will have a chance to catch lake trout worth a collective $8,000 in gift certificates from show exhibitors, show sponsors said.

All of the major manufacturers of ice-fishing gear will be represented at the show, show producer Ron Murphy of Shamrock Productions said. That includes Clam, Rapala, Eskimo, Ion, Frabill, Striker, AquaVu, Vexilar, HT Enterprises, Humminbird and more. Anglers can inspect portable fishing shelters, wheeled fishing houses, rods, reels, tackle, electronics, augers, winter clothing, snowmobiles and four-wheelers.

Clam’s “Ice Team” pros will present seminars on ice-fishing techniques and ice safety, Murphy said.

The highlight of the show for anglers of all ages is likely to be the “Frozen Basin,” a fish tank with a simulated ice-fishing surface, Murphy said. Eighteen “holes” will be drilled in the surface so that anglers can fish for 400 to 500 lake trout swimming below. Many of those trout will be tagged, and those tags will entitle the lucky anglers to gift certificates worth $10 to $100 at the booths of show exhibitors. The certificates must be redeemed the same day the fish is caught, Murphy said.

Other tagged fish will be good for merchandise that will total several thousand dollars in value, he said.

Fishing at the “Frozen Basin” will be free. Admission to the show is $9 for adults, $6 for students 6-17 and free for children 5 or younger.

Show hours are:

Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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