D & R Sports Ice Show 2015

D&R Sports Center is hosting a free two-day weekend Ice Fishing Show on Dec. 5-6, 2015. Throughout the days, both Saturday and Sunday, renowned ice fishing pros will give free seminars to share their experience, tips and tricks for successful ice fishing. The two-day event is devoted entirely to the sport of ice fishing with hands-on displays, demonstrations and free seminars where “nothing is held back” for beginners as well as seasoned anglers.

Presenting free seminars at this year’s D&R Ice Fishing Show will be Chas Thompson, Bill Ferris, and Mike Schneider.

Chas Thompson, a captain of MI Ice Guys, is a renowned competitive ice angler whose group will present “Ice Fishing and Beyond!” This seminar provides insights into modern ice fishing techniques as practiced by successful tournament fishermen. Thompson will discuss the latest equipment, gadgets and common sense items to get you on and off the ice with a limit of fish in record time.

Thompson, when not ice fishing, is a computer scientist turned commercial brewer. He and the MI Ice Guys will tie things together with science, creativity and the keys to the internet. Meet Chas and his crew from MI Ice Guys as he introduces and demonstrates to new fisherman, as well as those frustrated by not catching fish, his methods and tricks for consistently catching more fish. Plus, he will share the experience he gained from his time in Finland with the USA Ice Team competing in the world championships this past winter.

Bill Ferris has lived in the Ionia area for most of his life. He is an avid hunter and tournament bass fisherman but his real passion is ice fishing. His workshop is “Turn the Heat up on Your Ice Fishing!”

Ferris has been ice fishing for bluegills, crappie, perch and walleye thru the ice for many years with great success. He has traveled extensively throughout Michigan targeting these species and more. As a matter of fact, you’ll find it hard to name a public lake here in Michigan that Bill hasn’t fished. He will talk to you about techniques that will help you catch more fish for the pan. He will cover ice fishing gearĀ such as rods, reels, jigs, baits and the ins and outs on using electronics.

Mike Schneider, pro walleye fisherman and instructor with the Mark Martin Walleye University, will discuss jigging for walleyes thru the ice at Saginaw Bay, Lake Erie and other types of lakes.

In addition to free seminars throughout the day by top ice anglers, D&R Sports Ice Fishing Show will host manufacturer’s representatives for more than twenty-five leading ice fishing tackle and equipment companies including K&E Tackle Stopper Lures. These representatives from the industry leaders will be on hand to meet anglers and show their latest product innovations. The public will have an opportunity to see the latest lures, rods, reels, tip-ups, shanties, fish finders, drills and outdoor clothing.

Ice Fishing Show Details

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 10 am-4 pm


10:00 am – Chas Thompson
1:00 pm – Bill Ferris
4:00 pm – Mike Schneider

10:00 am – Bill Ferris
1:00 pm – Chas Thompson

Ice Show Flyer (PDF download):

D&R Sports located in Kalamazoo, Michigan atĀ 8178 West Main St., Kalamazoo, MI, 49009. Call (269) 372-2277 or toll free 800-992-1520 for more information.

Filed Under: Ice Fishing News


About the Author: Dan Kimmel is an avid angler, outdoor photographer and outdoor writer who becomes a computer guy in his downtime running web sites like this one, GreatLakesBass.com and AnglerHosting.com among others.

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