Don't miss the seminars with these local and national pros at the show!


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Brandon Palaniuk

Brandon Palaniuk, “The Prodigy” is one of the most popular anglers on the professional bass fishing tournament trail today. At the age of 30, he has accomplished more than most fishermen have done in a lifetime. From successfully competing in club competition, to earning a spot on the Idaho State Team, to making it to the federation championship, securing a tour card by winning the whole thing and now, Angler of the Year 2017. After winning the Federation Nation National Championship he's accumulated 15 top 10 finishes including four top 5 BASS Elite finishes in 2017 alone on the Bassmaster Elite Trails. He's advanced to the Classic eight years in a row including a second place finish on Grand Lake in 2013. Brandon is an approachable "rising star" and an outstanding ambassador to the sport.


Joe Bucher

Joe Bucher is a National Freshwater-Fish Hall Of Fame Legendary Angler and one of the most highly regarded multispecies authorities in the outdoor trade. He has been an on-camera talent for 25 years. While his specialty is arguably muskies, Joe is equally adept at catching bass, walleyes, and other gamefish and holds several line class world records for multiple freshwater gamefish.


Joe has also authored six books as well as being a regular contributing writer for many regional and national publications. His articles regularly appear in the pages of Outdoor News Publications as well as Musky Hunter Magazine, which he founded. He has been a writer and photographer for over 35 years with his first article appearing when he was just 19 years old!


Joe has pioneered many of the musky angling concepts that are-now considered mainstream techniques, and his big gamefish lure designs spawned an exciting surge in the overall focus on muskies as a featured sport fish across much of North America.


Joe Bucher is also one of the most highly sought after seminar orators for big gamefish in the country today drawing crowds of both fans as well as hard-core anglers anxious to learn more from one of the true masters of big fish.


The year 2017 marks the 27th season of Fishing With Joe Bucher.


Steve Herbeck

When the discussion of top musky anglers comes into discussion Steve’s name invariably enters into the mix and the terms " legendary " and " innovator" are often brought up . With over 28 yrs. of experience guiding and instructing from northern WI's Vilas County to the Canadian Shield waters of famed Eagle Lake Steve brings a wealth of new knowledge, patterns, and presentations. "this seminar won’t be just an advertisement or entertainment but the real meat and potatoes overview of overlooked and sometimes contrary to many popular belief patterns and thoughts. There is also a preview of some new and exciting big fish patterns more recently developing and emerging by the ever changing environment and ecosystems especially on the Canadian Shield water of NW Ontario but applicable anywhere in musky country." From 1994 to date Steve and his clients have boated 43 muskies 40# - 50#+ on Eagle lake Ontario and in the prior 6 yrs. guiding in WI's Vilas County 2 times guided clients to the largest musky boated in the state for the year with weighed fish 55 1/2" 43# 6 oz in 1987 and 53" 47# 10 oz in 1992 along with numerous top ten releases. After a speaking hiatus due to previous work loads and now returning due to popular demand, Steve brings back to the stage a knowledge and passion that is unique and contagious. This is one you won’t want to miss!


Jim Saric

Jim Saric is a Legendary Angler in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.  He is the Host and Executive Producer of The Musky Hunter television series, Editor and Publisher of Musky Hunter Magazine, and a seven-time musky tournament winner.  He has a monthly column in Midwest Outdoors Magazine, and is a contributing writer for In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman and Fishing Facts magazines.  He has produced ten highly acclaimed musky videos, co-authored the book “The Complete Guide to Musky Hunting” and just released his new book “Muskies My Way.”   Jim conducts over 30 seminars annually, and teaches the University of Esox musky schools throughout the country.  Jim has over thirty years’ experience fishing lakes, rivers, and reservoirs from Minnesota to New York and all across Canada.


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Kurt Kopala

After landing his first fish in utero, Kurt was destined to fish. While completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, he found a love for computer programming. In 2010, he combined his passions of programming and fly fishing by programming a ‘web based, page turning’ app to display an online magazine called a Tight Loop Magazine.  Today, Kurt is the Editor of a Tight Loop.  As a Midwesterner through and through, Kurt believes the Midwest offers some of the best fishing in the world.  The goal of a Tight Loop is to showcase the Midwest fishery.  When not working to promote the region’s fisheries, you can find Kurt stomping, rowing or laughing on a local smallmouth stream or chasing fish in Lake Michigan on a fly.  


Jen Ripple

Jen is the Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and the Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine.  When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing and devoting her time to conservation efforts through nonprofits.  A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Jen has created a home base for women worldwide to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.


Dave Kranz

Dave has been the owner of Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake, on Rte. 176 and 31 since 1989.  Dave says:  “ I have the best job in the world…I get to teach people about hunting and fishing.”  Dave fishes bass tournaments on the Fox Chain of Lakes System and the Madison Chain of Lakes and many other bodies of water in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.  Dave will present multi-species seminars for local lake fishing.


Dustan Harley

Dustan Harley was born less than a mile from the Saint Joseph River and can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on the river fishing.  He grew up fishing on the rivers of Indiana and Michigan and is lucky enough today to spend most days on those same rivers.  He founded Ripple Guide Service in 1999 to give fishermen an unforgettable experience and is the only full-time fly fishing guide on the St. Joe system.  He guides the rivers of Indiana,  Michigan, and Montana for steelhead, salmon, trout, smallmouth bass, pike, and just about anything else that swims.  Dustan has also spoken to fly fishing clubs from Tennessee to California.  When not on the river, he can be found fishing with his children or designing new flies for the fish he loves to fool.

Denny Sands

Denny Sands, a 2010 Inductee to the State of Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame and founding president of the Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club, has been owner of Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental for the last 16 years. A US Air Force trained cartographer, Denny made the topographical map of Shabbona Lake. Denny's accomplishments include: police officer (retired) with 25 years of service; local historian of Shabbona Lake, co-author of a book about the history of Shabbona Lake; and having fished Shabbona Lake consistently since opening day, January 1st, 1978. "He is the one the guides go to when fishing gets tough!" - a true Shabbona Lake "Local Fishing Expert".

Joe Henry

As a long time guide, licensed charter captain, and tournament angler, Joe Henry has made fishing a part of his everyday life.  Joe “cut his teeth” on MN lakes and rivers and has guided and fished walleyes throughout the nation.  Joe’s home water is now Lake of the Woods, which he has fished for over 25 years. 

Professionally, Joe has enjoyed a variety of executive leadership positions, is an outdoor communicator and a media member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.  His professional background combined with his many fishing credentials lead him to his current role, Executive Director of Tourism for Lake of the Woods. 

Joe works closely with 60 resorts, area guides, and a number of stakeholders in the outdoor industry.  He is an active writer, appears in outdoor TV shows, produces outdoor videos, digital media and speaks about fishing and the outdoors across the Midwest.

Bill Schultz

Bill Schultz lives in New Berlin, WI. Since catching his first smallmouth bass in 1994, he has caught and released 21,500, with over 12,000 coming from rivers throughout Wisconsin. Bill’s popular talks at sports shows and fishing events have turned thousands onto the tremendous opportunities and excitement of fishing for smallmouth bass on lakes and rivers. Bill is also a contributing writer for several top web sites, magazines and has been featured in a variety of publications, including Bassmasters Magazine three times. Catching and releasing smallmouth bass and sharing his recipe for success has become a passion for him. Bill’s appearance is sponsored by St. Croix Rods and Jackson Kayak.

John Cleveland

John Cleveland began launching flies into the wind at the age of 10, and was immediately hooked on the magic and challenge of temping fish with the use of hook, feathers and fur. John’s “day job” as Marketing Director of Eppinger Mfg. Co. (Makers of the famous Dardevle Spoons) has enabled him to travel to and experience some of North Americas prime fishing destinations including Alaska and much of northern Canada and the Arctic.  He holds numerous fly fishing and conventional tackle catch and release line class world records for Norther Pike, Arctic Char, Sea Run Rainbow Trout and Lake Trout in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

He has a passion for both Spoon and fly fishing as they are two of the oldest, most traditional methods of presenting artificial lures to fish. Marketing the world famous Eppinger Dardevle spoons has provided many unique adventure travel opportunities and quite literally fed his family for the past 15 years. Fly fishing is his passion feeding his soul with its wonder, and mystique for over 50 years. Spoons and flies are simply favorites, and he believes the most effective delivery systems to the magic world of fishing, using both when pursuing large predatory fish.

Working in the fishing industry as a Marketing Director, outdoor writer and seminar speaker, John enjoys the opportunity of sharing the adventure, magic and camaraderie of a sport that takes him to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Capt. Ralph Steiger

Capt. Ralph Steiger grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan chasing salmon, trout, and smallmouth bass. His love for the fishery brought him to the next level by becoming a United States Coast Guard licensed master captain. He guides full-time on the south end of Lake Michigan fishing both Indiana and Illinois waters. He is a multi-species angler that primarily targets smallmouth bass, perch, salmon, and trout. He is revered as one of the top captains on Lake Michigan by his clients and anglers alike.

Mark O'Neill

Mark is an accomplished angler, guide, and marine electronics educator with years of on-the-water knowledge and fishing experience. His approach to fishing is more technical than most, but he also has the ability to translate that technology in a manner easy for one to understand. He presents numerous seminars and classes both on and off the water in the Midwest and Canada, with the concentration being how to use today’s technology to catch more fish.


The presentation will be Adapting to the Ever Changing Lake Geneva. Mark fishes this deep clear water lake throughout the year and he will be discussing the changes in habitat and game fish that are evolving this great body of water. He will also present a few of techniques and technologies he uses while scouting structure to locate and catch big fish throughout the seasons.


Mark’s sponsors include: Alumacraft, St. Croix Rod, Cabela’s, Mercury, MotorGuide, Dr. Sonar, Lowrance, Navionics, Optima and P-Line. Learn more about Mark at O’Neill’s seminar is presented on behalf of Walleyes Unlimited USA and Lake Geneva Fishing Club. Stop by and visit the clubs at booth 906 and 901.

Marques Green

Marques Green is a well accomplished tournament angler with over 20 years of experience.  Marques is the host of the Youtube show Cityboy Outdoors which is an educational show that teaches the outdoors experience for all skill levels . A favorite among anglers of all ages, Marques works with everyone regardless of current abilities to help them achieve more success on the water. A Chicago native, his seminars are informative and interactive for all attendees while helping them take their experience up a notch to the next level. 

Jeff Boutin

Jeff Boutin is a US certified Coastguard Captain and fishing guide on the Bay of Green Bay. Jeff has been fishing for walleyes on the Bay since 1987, and currently spends at least 50 days on the water as a professional fishing guide. Jeff is the founder and President of a non-profit kids fishing tournament called Tomorrows Anglers. Tomorrows Anglers fishing tournament was just broadcast nationally with MidWest Outdoors. Jeff is an Outdoors writer for Badger Sportsman’s Magazine, his articles on walleye fishing the Bay of Green Bay can be read from March through August issues.
Jeff’s sponsors include: Mercury Marine, Starcraft, SkipperBuds, Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Churches Tackle Co.


Jeff has been an avid fisherman his whole life, even spending 6 years as a first mate on a lake Michigan charter boat during the 1980’s.  Since his early teenage years, Jeff has been primarily focusing on Walleye fishing leading up to his present guide service. As well as his guide service, Jeff has created a tackle company called Team-Outdoors, where he has designed his own unique fishing products. Jeff and his wife Karen who is a chef, have a an  All-Inclusive service which offers first class fishing charters with lodging and gourmet meals at their Green Bay location.