Casting Pond

Dive into the art of casting at our Casting Pond – the ultimate haven for anglers of all levels at the Ottawa Boat & Outdoor Show! Whether you're a seasoned pro looking to refine your technique or a newcomer eager to learn the basics, the casting pond is the perfect spot. Open to kids and adults alike, it's an inclusive space for everyone to practice and perfect their cast.

Fishing Seminar Stage

Our show features a lineup of experts who are eager to share their tips and tricks to help you take your outdoor experiences to the next level. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. Be sure to attend our seminar sessions and improve your outdoor knowledge! See full schedule below:


Seminar Speakers & Topics


Meet Ashley Rae, the powerhouse behind the rod and reel at the Ottawa Boat & Outdoor Show. Residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Ashley is a full-time multi-species angler and avid fishing writer. Introduced to the sport by a family friend, she fell in love early on and transformed her passion into a thriving career. As the creator of, Ashley shares her adventures and imparts fishing wisdom globally.

With a large following on social media, she actively connects with the angling community, collaborating with businesses and event organizers to promote educational fishing content. Catch Ashley at the show, where she'll dive into her experiences, tips, and the joy of chasing fins from boat, kayak, shore, and ice. Don't miss the chance to learn from this dynamic angling enthusiast!

Get ready for the angling wisdom of "Big" Jim McLaughlin, a true icon in the Canadian sportfishing realm. With over 30 years of unwavering dedication to the craft, "Big" Jim has left an indelible mark, starting with two CFT Canadian Classic Championships and boasting an impressive 28 tournament victories.

Beyond his triumphs as a tournament angler, "Big" Jim is the visionary behind Canada's largest FREE fishing publication, Just Fishing with "Big" Jim McLaughlin, celebrating its 25th anniversary. As a former host of the Ultimate Fishing Show, he has seamlessly transitioned into the current phase of his career, captivating audiences as a tournament weigh-in show Emcee and a featured speaker at premier sport shows across Canada. With a versatile skill set that includes outdoor writing, promotional activities, celebrity guiding, and more, "Big" Jim is a multifaceted presence in the fishing industry. Join us at the Ottawa Boat & Outdoor Show to gain insights from "Big" Jim McLaughlin's wealth of experience and expertise!

Embark on a journey into the great outdoors with Rob Argue, a seasoned expert whose life has been dedicated to the wild. With a rich background as a Conservation Officer, archery pro shop owner, and director of the Quality Deer Management Association of Canada, Rob's passion led him to become the guide and owner of two hunting and fishing lodges. His brainchild, Eastern Canadian Outfitters, now spans across three locations, offering unforgettable hunting and fishing adventures on 65,000 acres of pristine land.

Rob's commitment goes beyond his lodges; he envisions a world where everyone can experience the thrill of hunting and fishing. That vision gave birth to New Outdoors, where Rob shares his wealth of knowledge to demystify the outdoors. At the Ottawa Boat & Outdoor Show, join Rob Argue as he sheds light on the essentials of hunting Wild Turkeys in Eastern Ontario. From habitat and biology to techniques, regulations, and gear, Rob will guide you through the fascinating world of Wild Turkey hunting. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a true outdoor enthusiast at the show!

Dr. Sean Landsman is a fisheries scientist and Instructor at Carleton University's Institute for Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science. He studies the behaviour and ecology of a variety of freshwater fish species as well as the impacts of catch-and-release angling on game fishes.

Dr. Landsman is an avid angler with a particular passion for muskies and big wintertime walleye. He frequently conducts outreach with the angling community and seeks to make fisheries science both accessible and relevant to anglers.

Cara Carmichael grew up in the Ottawa Valley, spending a great deal of time targeting many of its surrounding rivers and lakes. She is a competitive tournament Bass Angler, and has also become a crowd pleasing speaker in the fishing industry.  Cara is a Bass Pro & Cabela's Canada Pro Staff/ 

Cara is an ambition female tournament Angler, and enjoys fishing an assortment of species. Don't miss her session at the show on Tips & Techniques for fishing with kids and new anglers!

Peter Larmand is a bass tournament angler and past champion with multiple big fish awards that has competed in both Canada and the United States.  Having fished some of the bigger tournament series in Ontario and Quebec Peter has a vast amount of bass fishing knowledge that loves sharing with anglers young and old.  Peter also runs the Peter Larmand Outdoors Kids Charity Tournament. A very successful kids charity fishing tournament for youth of all ages. 

His passion for fishing and the outdoors shows in all that he does. Peter also designs his own clothing line, PL Outdoor Wear, giving UV protected clothing for the entire family and is the owner of Big Rideau Tackle in Smiths Falls His knowledge and passion for fishing will hopefully help you land more fish for you this season.   

Greg Amiel is owner and operator of Fishing 4 Tails Charters for over 20 years.  He is a multi-species expert in the open water season running a 2075 Lund Tyee. Throughout the year, he chases the peak bites of various species throughout Ontario specializing in salmon, walleye, perch and fall bass. He had a driven passion to fish various tournaments throughout Ontario.

His eagerness to learn to adapt, cover new water, and follow the fish has helped Greg and his success. 

Lisa Goodier is a full-time guide at the Ottawa River Musky Factory and has been called the Queen of the Ottawa River for good reason.  She rules!  Lisa's passion for everything musky began over a decade ago and in six seasons as a guide she already has over 500 charters under her belt.  She is a dedicated Muskies Canada member, a long time volunteer and supporter of Blue Fish Canada, and through her work with Ottawa Fish School and Ottawa Fishing Adventures, has become a highly proficient multi-species angler and guide as well.  A veteran of television, radio, numerous podcasts, and a sought after trade show speaker and educator, Lisa has worked with and appeared in Outdoor Canada magazine, Ontario Out of Doors magazine, the Setting the Hook TV show, the Canadian Musky Odyssey, and many more.  Join us for her Seminar at the Ottawa boat show and learn all about choosing the right equipment, the right lures, and using electronics to cut the learning curve.  She will also go over best practices for fish handling and the proper release tools needed to target musky. Lisa is on the Shimano Field Staff and is a pro staff for Suick Lures & Musky Factory Bait Company.

David Chong is one of Canada’s most recognizable and successful competitive tournament anglers. He is a multi-species angler who has won numerous bass, pike, crappie and perch tournaments, “Angler of Year” titles, “Team of the Year” titles and Classic titles. His competitive fishing career led him to representing Canada at the inaugural 2018 Pan American Black Bass Championships, the XIV Black Bass World Championship in Mexico, the 2019 Pan American Black Bass Championship held on Lake St. Francis where he recently celebrated a GOLD medal victory with the rest of Team Canada and the 2023 Pan American Black Bass Championship on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 2024, David will once again be representing Canada at the 2024 Pan American Black Bass Championship here at home! A highly sought after seminar presenter, David enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of fishing and competitive angling with inquiring anglers, young and old. David is passionate about introducing new anglers of all ages to the wonderful sport of fishing especially kids and it's clearly evident in his actions! 

John Anderson - Ottawa is a top musky destination in the world and we do more musky research in and around Ottawa in some places that really might surprise you. John will outline the incredible resources we have access to right here and tell you what you need to know about the evolving musky world to be successful.

John brings over 50 years of musky experience, 30 television shows, articles in fishing magazines all over the world, participation in musky research for 30 years, and 25 years of seminar experience to the show making this a presentation you don’t want to miss. John is a member of the Muskies Canada Hall of Fame, the owner of the Ottawa River Musky Factory Guide Service, Ottawa Fish School Summer Camp, Ottawa Fishing Adventures, Musky Factory Baits, a proud Shimano Field Staffer, and a Pro Staffer for Suick Lures, Chaos Tackle, and Andre Lalonde Marine.


Lawrence Gunther is a conservationist, outdoor writer, podcaster, blogger, film maker and TV personality. A life-long outdoor enthusiast, Lawrence and his guide dog travel extensively throughout Canada to meet expert anglers and experience Canada’s amazing fisheries.

As the president of the charity Blue Fish Canada, Lawrence will be exhibiting and speaking at the 2024 Ottawa Boat and Outdoor Show. Find out what you can do to ensure the future of fish and fishing! 

Jamie Pistilli is a full-time Ottawa based professional fishing guide who owns and operates Rising Sun Charters. His specialties are musky and longnose gar both on conventional gear and on the fly. Jamie has fished all over the globe for a wide variety of species- from sharks and tarpon in Florida, brookies and northern pike in Labrador to brown trout in the streams of Patagonia.

Jamie is an outdoor writer, former TV program host on WFN, has hosted a radio show on TSN and is an active podcaster on the Outdoor Journal Radio Podcast Network. 

“RJ” grew up in rural Eastern Ontario spending many days wetting a line in the mighty Jock River as a kid. Being introduced to fishing by his Dad (Ron) was likely the best gift he could have ever been given. Little did he know that decades ago that getting that introduction to the sport would it lead to spending well over 120 days a year on the water.

He’s been fortunate enough to spend time on the water with some of the best fisherman in Canada, including Big Jim McLaughlin, Dave Mercer, Bob Izumi and many more. More importantly to RJ is the relationships that he has formed with countless folks who just love to fish. He feels as comfortable at the highest level Bass tournament weigh-in or helping out a kid pick out a nasty birds nest while fishing off the end of the dock. Fishing brings everyone together!

Recruiting Here

The Recruiting Here feature offers visitors a chance to network with select companies looking to expand their teams. Interested applicants are encouraged to check out the hiring links below or bring a physical copy of their resume to the show.

Rockland Wheels - Booth #3050 -
Orleans Boat World - Booth #2150 -
Freedom Boat Club Ottawa and Kingston - Booth #3550 -  They are looking to hire Dock Staff for the May to October timeframe and often hire students. Visit our Website.
Ontario Provincial Police - Booth #1190 - 
Long Island Marina - Booth #1050 - Learn more here.

Dunrobin Distilleries
- Booth #367 - Interested applicants can email their resume to or bring a copy to the show booth. (Applicants must have or be willing to obtain their smart serve license)

Canadian Power Squadron
- Booth #1048 - We are a group of Volunteers with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons a non-profit organization across Canada. Our Rideau District with Squadrons in Brockville, Kingston and Ottawa cover Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. We provide boating courses and seminars to provide for a safer boating community. Our PCOC is recognized across North America.
Boating Ontario - Booth #1020 - Visit our Website for more.
Photo Parks Canada - Booth #1030 - Parks Canada (Rideau Canal National Historic Site) will be exhibiting at the show  and we have some exciting job opportunities to share with attendees. Some of our best lock staff will be on-hand to talk about our current job openings for boating/outdoors enthusiasts on the Rideau Canal and to help connect young people to the application process.  Learn more about available jobs.
Brown's Marina - Booth #207 -

Speaking of Wildlife

Speaking of Wildlife Interactive demonstrations are on Saturday, February 24th only! Don't miss them at 12noon, 1:30pm & 3pm. These demonstrations last 30 minutes.

Speaking of Wildlife is a wildlife education centre that provides permanent sanctuary to non-releasable Ontario wildlife. Many of our animal residents have been injured, orphaned, abandoned or illegally kept as pets and cannot survive in the wild as they should. They will live out their lives at Speaking of Wildlife and, where suited, help us to teach audiences - big and small - about the wildlife we share our environment with.

These Interactive Presentations feature 3-4 of Speaking of Wildlife's wildlife ambassadors and include information about each individual animal, their species, adaptations and habitat.

EZDock and Waterside Docks Special!

EZDock and Waterside Dock will be featuring some exciting specials at the show! Be sure to check out their booth for all of their great deals like this one below!

Canadian Power Squadron - Show Specials

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron is offering at $25 VHF Radio Course discount plus a $1000 ICOM Radio Draw. Be sure to stop by and get your unique code at their booth at the show. Full details here: CPS | Boat Show Specials - CPS (