Welcome to the official website of the 46th annual Rockford Boat, Vacation, and Fishing Show and the 46th annual Rockford RV, Camping, and Travel Show. These Rockford shows have become a tradition over the last 45 years for Northern Illinois consumers looking for everything they need under one roof. The previous nine years have been produced at the ISC (Indoor Sports Center). The ISC complex is a beautiful one level building with an in house sit down restaurant. The ISC is located just one minute from the I-90/39 tollway, linking Chicago and Southern Wisconsin.
The 2017 Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show will continue to be your one stop shop. Whether you are interested in buying a fishing boat, pontoon, runabout, personal watercraft, looking for the perfect charters, guides, lodging, or just needing to buy the right fishing tackle the show will have exactly what you are looking for. We have some of the most experienced Illinois and Wisconsin anglers and guides giving seminars. They will be talking to you about what baits and lures to use, teaching you different fishing techniques, and much more. Bring the whole family and take advantage of the free trout pond for kids, Hawg Trough, and much more!
2pm – 8pm
10am – 6pm
11am – 5pm
Growing up in the world of sports fishing, James Lindner has filmed and fished from the Arctic Circle tundra to South American jungles and from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts and every state in between. As a multi-species fishermen, James has few equals and his prowess in the world of musky fishing is legendary.
In 2008, James was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator for his outstanding acheivement in the realm of sportfishing. In 2003, he was also honored as the Rapala Angler of the Year in appreciation of his professional manner, motivated by passion of fishing, to promote and expose others to the wide world of Rapala and recognising his examples and limitless efforts that Lauri Rapala’s legacy continues.
A top grade tournament bass fisherman in his own right, James has dominated the Canadian American Smallmouth Bass circuit, with multiple first place wins on the KBI and FFBC. James has wins and high placing in many other events. James is none-the-less adept with most freshwater and even saltwater species. Each year he accepts a limited, yet highly attended series of speaking engagements.