If you’re looking for a way to beat the winter cold and you love boat show deals, how-to seminars, oodles and oodles of gear vendors, or even just a cold beer and some oysters with fellow fishing fanatics, you’ll want to put these winter boat shows on your calendar. Be sure to check event websites before venturing out as some shows could be affected by inclement weather.

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At many of the fishing expos, like Lefty Kreh's Tie Fest, you can chat with fly tyers and attend seminars on fishing.

January 

Jan. 11: 11th Annual Frederick Saltwater Fishing Expo

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Frederick, MD, building #9. Tackle vendors; charter captains; boating, fishing, and crabbing supplies; rod and reel vendors/repairs; raw oysters and hot food; speakers; and more. Lenny Rudow, FishTalk Magazine will speak at 2 p.m. on cobia fishing.

Jan. 17-19: East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition

At the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. $15 per day. Pre-registration admission $25 for three days.

Jan. 17-19: Richmond Fishing Expo

At Meadow Event Park at the State Fairgrounds of Virginia in Doswell, VA. Over 60 vendors, retail, specialty tackle shops, and fishing boat dealers in attendance, seminars, a trout pond simulator for the kids, and more.

Jan. 18: Heroes on the Water Fishing Expo and Flea Market

At the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department in Odenton, MD. Freshwater, Chesapeake Bay, and offshore fishing equipment; new and used gear; guest speakers. Admission $4 donation at the door. Proceeds benefit and stay local with the Maryland chapter of Heroes on the Water.

Jan. 23-26: Progressive Baltimore Boat Show 

At the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. More than 300 boats, virtual fishing contest, boating career days, a crab pickin' contest, a children's boatbuilding station, and more. Stay tuned for our full Baltimore Boat Show planner!

Jan. 24-26: Downtown Richmond Boat Show  

All new boat show at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA. Adult tickets $8, kids 12 and under free. First 100 kids each day receive free cane poles.

Jan. 25-26: Kent Island Fishermen Fishing Tackle Flea Market  

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in Stevensville, MD. Everything from fishing rods to crabbing supplies will be up for sale and there will be food, drink, raffles, and free parking. $4 admission, 16 and under free.

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There's fun for the whole family at these shows! Photos courtesy of NMMA/Baltimore Boat Show

February

Feb. 1: 24th Annual Indoor Bass Fishing Flea Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillendale Fire Department in Dale City, Virginia. The area's largest and oldest fishing flea market! See, buy, trade. Huge discounts. Presented by NHBA Youth Foundation.

Feb. 8: Tri-State Marine Fishing Show

Several vendors unveil the latest and greatest gadgets, gizmos and gimmicks to catch you more fish! 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Tri-State Marine, Deale, MD

Feb. 7-9: The Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show

At the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Adults $10, children 12 and under free.

Feb. 13-17: Progressive Miami International Boat Show 

At Miami Marine Stadium in Miami, FL.

Feb. 14-16: The OC Seaside Boat Show

At the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Admission $10; weekend pass $15.

Feb. 15-16: Pasadena Sportfishing 28th Annual Fishing Expo 

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall in Severna Park, MD. New and used fishing tackle and crabbing supplies, nautical arts and crafts, charter boat captains, over 190 tables full of discount items for sale, and food (pit beef and ham, oysters, cold beer). Admission $5 each day, kids 12 and under free.

Feb. 21-23: Philadelphia Fishing Show  

At the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Fresh and saltwater fishing tackle, lodges, guides, apparel, travel destination, boats, kayaks, RVs, free seminars, fly casting pond, fighting chair challenge, and more! Admission $10 adults, kids 6-12 $5, kids 5 and under free.

Feb. 22-23: Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest  

10 a.m. to 4 30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 30 p.m. Sunday at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights, MD. Three seminar rooms, fly shops, industry pros, salt and freshwater guides.

Feb. 26 - March 1: Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show  

At the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

Feb. 28-29: National Outdoor Show  

At 3485 Golden Hill Road in Church Creek, MD. Friday evening show, Saturday matinee, and Saturday evening show (separate admission required for each show). Admission $8 adults, $4 children. Chainsaw carving, pageants, cooking demonstrations, police K-9 demo, duck and goose calling, muskrat skinning demos, and more.

Feb. 29: Annapolis Saltwater Fishing Expo

At the Annapolis Elks Lodge #622 in Edgewater, MD. Presented by the Annapolis Anglers Club. Latest gear offered at show prices from local tackle dealers, seminars on fishing, food and beverages, raffles, and more.

Feb. 29: Fishing, Hunting, Boating Flea Market

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cambridge Elks Lodge on Elks Lodge Road in Cambridge, MD. $3 admission; children 12 and under free. Presented by the Mid-Shore Fishing Club. For more information, call (410) 404-3426.

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Find great deals on oodles of fishing tackle. 

March

Mar. 7: Delaware Sportsman’s Show  

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company in Cheswold, DE. Hunting, Fishing, Camping, and anything to do with the outdoors is featured at this event. $5 admission, kids 12 and under free.

Mar. 7-8: The Fly Fishing Show  

At the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. Free fly fishing instruction at the Learning Center, The International Fly Fishing Film Festival March 7 at 6 p.m., fly tyers, and more. Adult one-day pass $15, two-day pass $25, kids 6-12 $5, 5 and under free, discount for military, scouts.

Mar. 13-15: National Capital Boat Show  

At the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. Adult tickets $10; multi-day pass $15; kids 12 and under free.

Mar. 13-15: The NJ Saltwater Fishing Expo  

At the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. A NMMA Sportshow. Major and local tackle retailers in attendance, guides and charter captains, and more.

Mar. 14: Maryland Fly Fishing and Collectible Tackle Show  

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Village Commons, Towson University, in Towson, MD. Professional rod builders, tackle dealers, artists, authors, regional guides and local fly shops, speaker series, and more. Tickets $10, kids 12 and under free.

Mar. 21-22: Southern Maryland Fishing Fair and Boat Safety Exposition

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, MD. Vendors selling fishing rods and tackle, fishing trips, artwork, food, and more. Also boat safety prep, training, and demonstrations for boaters. Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Recreational Fishing Organization, Inc. Admission $4, kids 12 and under free.

Mar. 28-29: MD Sportsman Show  

At the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. More than 100 vendors with great deals on hunting and fishing gear, clothing, ATVs, boats, RVs, and trucks.