The first show of the year for me is the “Ultimate Fishing Show - Michigan's Biggest Pure Fishing Show” in Novi, running January 9-12. It is one of the area’s biggest shows, and because it’s the first one of the year probably draws the biggest crowds with many seminars and attractions. Thursday and Friday are the best days to go. Near the end on Sunday you can score even better deals from exhibitors who want to make last-minute transactions.
The Toronto Spring Fishing & Boat Show in Toronto, ON held Family Day Weekend, February 14-17, is my favourite show to attend. Some of the biggest names in the freshwater fishing industry attend this show, doing seminars in the Mega Tank. When they aren't doing a seminar, you can sometimes find them on the floor. They are frequently approachable to answer some of your questions.
Both of these shows are good ones for kayak anglers to attend. At the Novi, MI show, kayak fishing is on display as a feature. The two Michigan-based community forums - Michigan Kayak Fishing, and Kayak Fish the Great Lakes - have booths set up in good locations where you can't miss them. You can learn about kayak fishing and events each forum will host in 2014. Several members will bring rigged kayaks for you to see different ways people are setting up their boats. You can also get information on how to join these forums and keep up on what is going on in the Great Lakes region. This year Hobie “Mirage Drive” kayaks will be on display at the Gull Lake Marine Booth, and they will have inventory for sale at the show. Fogh Marine will have the same display and product availability at the Toronto show.