Don't let the Let's Go Fishing Show this weekend at the Gateway Center in Collinsville be the one that got away.
Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
As part of it's 20th anniversary celebration, the show will give away three fishing boats. A drawing will be held at the completion of each day.
In addition to the boat giveaways, the first 500 people entering Friday will receive a free issue of Outdoor Guide Magazine. Saturday, the first 500 entering will receive a free issue of Heartland Outdoors Magazine. On Sunday, a free fishing lure will be given to those 16 and older, entering with a paid admission, while supplies last. There will also be numerous attendance prizes and giveaways.
The show has a "fishing tackle super store" reputation. For sale will be a wide variety of fishing tackle, rods and reels, accessories, and aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats. Representatives will be on held to help plan fishing outings at resorts, nearby lakes and Ozark retreats and to charter fishing trips or a Canadian adventure.
A full slate of seminars gives attendees the chance to mingle with pro anglers and regional experts. Topics will include fishing for bass, crappie, trout, catfish, muskie and more.
Bass fishing pros Paul Elias, Brent Erhler and Alton Jones will be on hand.
Jones, a Waco, Texas native, won the most prestigious tournament in his sport, the Bassmaster Classic in 2008, and for 2012 was ranked 35th in the world, according to Bassfan.com.
Erhler is from Redlands, Calif., and finished the year ranked 22nd in the world, winning one tournament.
Elias, from Laurel, Miss., won the 1982 Bassmaster Classic. His most recent major win was in 2011.
Returning exhibits of interest will include live owls and other birds from Treehouse Wildlife Center, located in Dow. Area fishing clubs will host games for young anglers.
All activities are included with admission. Tickets will be available at the door with regular prices $7 for adults; $3.50 for ages 6-15; children 5 and under are free. On Friday, seniors age 60 and above will be admitted for $5. Parking is free.
Information: 618-288-9952 or www.letsgoshows.com.
Let's Go Fishing Show seminars
1 p.m. Crappie: Basics for the Weekend Angler, Joel Drury
2:15 p.m. Going After Big Bass, Colby Simms
3:15 p.m. Crappie, Todd Huckabee
4:30 p.m. Pro Bass Angler Paul Elias
6 p.m. Going After Big Bass, Colby Simms
7:15 p.m. Crappie, Todd Huckabee
1:30 p.m. Catchin' River Cats, Chris Morrow
3 p.m. Introduction to Bowfishing, Southern Illinois Bowfishing Association
5 p.m. Catchin' River Cats, Chris Morrow
7:30 .m. Introduction to Fly Fishing, Paul Center
10 a.m. Bluegill, John Winkelman
11 a.m. Pro Bass Angler Paul Elias
noon Crappie: Using Electronics, Steve Welch
1:15 p.m. Pro Bass Angler Alton Jones
2:15 p.m. Crappie, Todd Huckabee
3:15 p.m. Pro Bass Angler Brent Ehrler
4:15 p.m. Bluegill, John Winkelman
5:15 p.m. Crappie: Using Electronics, Steve Welch
10:30 a.m. Introduction to Bowfishing, Southern Illinois Bowfishing Association
11:30 p.m. River Catfish, Jeff Niehaus
1 p.m. Introduction to Fly Fishing, Paul Center
2:30 p.m. Asian Carp & Other Invasive Species, Sarah Zack or Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
3:30 p.m. Lake Catfish, Jeff Faulkenberry
5 p.m. Introduction to Muskie Fishing, Walt Krause
11 a.m. pro Bass Anger Alton Jones
noon Crappie, Todd Huckabee
1 p.m. Pro Bass Angler Bent Ehrler
2 p.m. Crappie: Basics for the Weekend Angler, Joel Drury
11:15 p.m. River Catfish, Jeff Niehaus
12:15 p.m. Introduction to Fly Fishing, Paul Center
1:30 p.m. Lake Catfish, Jeff Falkenberry
2:30 p.m. Introduction to Muskie Fishing, Walt Krause