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Let’s Go Fishing Show in Collinsville Jan. 6-8; weekend full of family-friendly entertainment

For 29 years, thousands of people have gathered at Collinsville’s Gateway Convention Center to attend the Let’s Go Fishing Show held annually in early January. This family-friendly expo for fishing enthusiasts has grown to be one of the best and largest events of its kind in the Midwest.

Positioned as “The Show for Fishermen,” the 2023 Let’s Go Fishing Show takes place this weekend, Jan. 6, 7, and 8, at Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Ill. This event has earned a strong reputation for consistently attracting large crowds. The show draws crowds of 8,000 to 10,000 in attendance over its three show days.

Visitors at the show will be able to shop for unique, cutting-edge products and services at great prices from over 100 exhibitors. From fishing bait, tackle, rods, reels, and electronics to a variety of fishing boats from local dealers.

“Fans will meet the pros at free seminars from a variety of professionals and experts that give helpful tips on fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, trout, muskie, and other species,” said Let’s Go Fishing Show Producer for Gateway Convention Center Jamie Lane. “Our seminar line-up is going to be excellent. These free seminars are always very popular because it gives people a chance to learn from the pros.”

For those ready to plan their next fishing adventure, there will be representatives from resorts and destinations to help plan fishing trips to a local or regional lake, a retreat in the Ozarks, a charter fishing trip, or even a Canadian resort.

Parents can help their kids discover the outdoors indoors with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Pond. There will be live animal exhibits from Treehouse Wildlife Center. The show has several free children’s activities and games to create an entertaining experience. Gateway Convention Center offers a BOGO Child’s Admission Ticket on the website at

Attendees can enter to win prizes all weekend long. The big prize is a Free Canadian Fishing Trip to Zup’s Fishing Resort & Canoe Outfitters. The other prizes include gadgets, a tackle box full of tackle, a fishing rod and reel, guided trips, and much more.

“The show buzzes with excitement with unique products, awesome services, live demonstrations, interactive activities and educational displays,” said Lane. “Friends new and old spend time talking fishing, stocking up for the season, sharing a drink, and enjoying delicious food.”

All activities are included with admission. Tickets will be available at the door with regular prices of $7 for adults; $3.50 for ages 6-15; children 5 and under are free. On Friday, seniors ages 60 and older will be admitted for only $5. Parking is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 800-289-2388 or visit

Gateway Convention Center is a multi-purpose convention center located in Collinsville, Ill., that hosts various events. The Center is located 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis, on Highway 157, just north of I-55/70. 

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