The Park Rapids Lakes Area Fishing Expo will be held April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church, 1005 Park Ave. N. (Hwy 71).

This free event will include meeting regional fishing guides, panelists, learning about new techniques and the latest equipment and how to protect fishing resources. Enjoy refreshments (free will offering); popcorn, hotdogs, chips and pop/water.

The featured guest speaker is Chip Leer of Walker, a 2019 Inductee into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, TV and stage host of the world’s most prestigious walleye tournament circuit, the National Walleye Tour that airs to over 130 million households worldwide, as well as the angler driving the popular digital fishing information portal, Fishing the Wildside. Leer is a passionate and respected multi-species angler.

Schedule of events

6 p.m. — Expo doors open to the public

6:30 p.m. — Pastor Chip Nielsen welcome

6:35 p.m. — Master of Ceremonies Kev Jackson, host and producer of “Fishing Paul Bunyan Country”

6:50 p.m. — Chip Leer, Catching More Walleyes seminar

7:30 p.m. — Panel with regional fishing guides

8:30 p.m. — Expo open house style gathering


Jackson will be the emcee and leading/managing the panel discussion. The panelists in addition to Leer are:

Jason Durham, Go Fish! Guide Service, Park Rapids and Nevis area

Bro Brosdahl, Bro’s Guide Service, Bemidji area

Jason Freed, Leisure Outdoor Adventures, Leech Lake area

Paul Nelson, Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service, writer for Bemidji Pioneer


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