Get your phone calendar out, Northwest hunters, anglers, fishing guides, jet sled dealers, backcountry outfitters, lodges, and scone merchants, the 2019 sportsmen’s and boat show season is just around the corner.
More than two dozen events will be held everywhere from Medford to Spokane, Seattle to Boise and points beyond in the new year.
SEATTLE BOAT SHOW GOERS PROWL THE AISLES AT THE CENTURYLINK FIELD EVENT CENTER. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)
They’re put on by a number of promoters, including the Northwest Marine Trade Association, O’Loughlin Trade Shows and Shuyler Productions, among others, and promise to put the latest and greatest, show favorites and more in front of eager steelheaders, deer hunters and others.
One of the most interesting new displays might just be “Walleye Alley.”
WALLEYE ARE AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR GAME FISH IN THE NORTHWEST AND WILL BE FEATURED IN A GIANT FISH TANK AT THREE UPCOMING SPORTSMEN’S SHOWS. (ERIC ENGBRETSON, USFWS, VIA FLICKR, CC 2.0)
“We’ll have a large warmwater tank with walleye and a number of pro’s sharing how to catch them,” says O’Loughlin’s Trey Carskadon. “This show feature will be complete with tackle to purchase, maps and areas/locations to fish. We expect this to be a big deal and well-received given some of the challenges facing our regional salmon and steelhead stocks.”
Speaking of challenges with salmon, their Kokanee Tank is on hiatus after some of this year’s fish spawned and the others died, but Carskadon says it should be back for 2020 with a new crop of kokes and a tank better suited to the species’ needs.
He says there will also be a new “Kakak Pavilion” at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show, and — Jason Bauer, you’ve died and gone to heaven — top barbecue experts from around the U.S. competing in a cooking competition.
As for other shows, here are dates, venues, locations and links to learn more about what will be on hand this winter across the Northwest:
Jan. 9-13 Portland Boat Show, Expo Center, Portland; otshows.com
Jan. 11-13 Great Rockies Sport Show, Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman; greatrockiesshow.com
Jan. 17-20 Tacoma RV Show, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma; otshows.com
Jan. 18-20 Great Rockies Sport Show, MetraPark ExpoCenter, Billings; greatrockiesshow.com
Jan. 18-20 Tri-Cities Sportsmen Show, TRAC Center, Pasco; shuylerproductions.com
Jan. 23-27 Washington Sportsmen’s Show, Washington State Fair & Events Center, Puyallup; otshows.com
Jan. 25-Feb. 2 Seattle Boat Show, CenturyLink Field Event Center, South Lake Union, Bell Harbor, Seattle; seattleboatshow.com
Jan. 26-Feb. 16 Spokane Valley Boat Show at Elephant Boys 2019, Elephant Boys, Spokane Valley, spokanevalleyboatshow.com
Feb. 1-3 Eugene Boat & Sportsmen’s Show, Lane Events Center, Eugene; exposureshows.com
Feb. 6-10 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, Expo Center, Portland; otshows.com
Feb. 6-10 Vancouver International Boat Show, BC Place, Granville Island; vancouverboatshow.ca
Feb. 15-17 Central Washington Sportsmen Show, SunDome, Yakima; shuylerproductions.com
Feb. 15-17 Douglas County Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, Ore.; exposureshows.com
Feb. 15-17 Willamette Sportsman Show, Linn County Expo Center, Albany, Oregon; willamettesportsmanshow.com
Feb. 22-24 Great Rockies Sport Show, Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds, Helena; greatrockiesshow.com
Feb. 22-24 Jackson County Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show, Jackson County Expo, Medford; exposureshows.com
Feb. 22-24 The Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee; shuylerproductions.com
Feb. 22-24 Victoria Boat and Fishing Show, Eagle Ridge Arena, Victoria, British Columbia; victoriaboatshow.com
Feb. 23-24 Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem; saltwatersportsmensshow.com
Feb. 28-March 3 Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond; otshows.com
Feb. 28-March 3 The Idaho Sportsman Show, Expo Idaho, Boise; idahosportsmanshow.com
March 1-3 BC Sportsmen’s Show, TRADEX, Abbotsford; bcboatandsportsmenshow.ca
March 8-9 Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo, Linn County Expo Center, Albany; nwexpo.com
March 21-24 Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds, Spokane; bighornshow.com
May 2-5 Mid-Columbia Boat Show, Columbia Point Park & Marina, Richland, Washington; midcolumbiaboatshow.com
May 16-19 Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show, Port of Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes, Washington; anacortesboatandyachtshow.com