Whether you're looking for a boat to buy or in need of some fishing or hunting tips, it's all coming indoors this week to the Seattle Boat Show and Washington Sportsmen's Show.

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Whether you’re looking for a boat to buy or in need of some fishing or hunting tips, it’s all coming indoors this week to the Seattle Boat Show and Washington Sportsmen’s Show.

The Seattle Boat Show, the largest on the West Coast, sets sail this Friday through Feb. 6 at the Qwest Field Events Center and South Lake Union in Seattle.

The show will feature more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest boating accessories.

“We’re in great shape, and pretty excited about this show,” said George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

Now is the time to get prepped on the angling scene by attending 55 free fishing seminars at the show.

“Simply put, if you love to fish you’d be crazy not to be taking advantage of the boat show seminars,” said Tony Floor, Director of Fishing Affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

The show has a special Fishing Night Feb. 2 where the first 500 anglers through the door receive a Silver Horde lure three-pack courtesy of Outdoor Emporium. To view the seminars, go to www.seattleboatshow.com/fishing-seminars.

For the boater, plan on being at the show Feb. 3 for the Cruising and Sailing Night where the first 500 boaters through the door receive a West Marine tote bag.

A special Women’s Day is Feb. 1 where women get in free all-day with a special pass available now at www.seattleboatshow.com. Come see seminars suited for and by women boaters.

Show hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost is $12 adults, and $8 weeknights after 5 p.m.; $5 youth 11-17; and free for kids under age 10.

Those looking to feed their hunger for more outdoor activities can head to the Washington Sportsmen’s Show, the biggest outdoor show in the state, which brings together plenty of attractions, exhibits, seminars and kids’ activities.

The show is Wednesday to Sunday at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

New at the show is a warm water seminar series where experts will be perched on a 30-foot long, 3,000 gallon demo tank filled with bass, walleye and tiger muskies.

Hunters can check out the Head & Horns exhibit, and are can bring in their head, horn and antlers for scoring and possible inclusion into the next edition of the Record Book for Washington.

Learn how to wow your friends on the next camp out as foodie experts demonstrate their creative cooking techniques over the fire, in a smoker or a Dutch oven.

The show also offers deals and show discounts on fishing and hunting gear, outdoor clothing, camping equipment, sport fishing boats, RVs and accessories.

Show hours: Wednesday to Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost is $10 for adults ($8 exchange with coupon) and $5 for juniors age 6-16). Children five and under are admitted free. For weekday discount coupons and seminars, go to www.otshows.com. Show parking at the fairgrounds is free.

Word on razor clams

Those planning a coastal razor clam digging trip this week might have to make alternate plans.

State Fish and Wildlife found out that marine toxins have increased at Long Beach, which canceled that there, and Twin Harbors scheduled to open this Wednesday has been postponed.

The fisheries staff has also delayed their final approval on digging at other beaches until they conduct more toxin testing for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in clams on Tuesday.

“We apologize for this late notice, but safety definitely comes first in these kinds of cases,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “We could have decided on no harvest at all, but wanted to see if we can still keep it open.”

PSP toxins are produced by microscopic marine algae. Shellfish become toxic by feeding on the algae. The poison acts rapidly in humans, and no antidote has been discovered. The toxin isn’t affected by freezing or cooking.

Marine toxin levels in clams dug this past week at Long Beach were slightly above the cutoff level, and other beaches were still just below the action level.

Back in October, Ayres said a blip in samples showed PSP levels had shot up close to the cutoff limit, and then dropped back down.

“They (PSP levels) have been bouncing around for quite a while,” Ayres said. “The puzzle is that we aren’t seeing anything in the water to cause PSP.”

One scenario is the toxin has a resting phase in the sediment, and the recent storms may have kicked it up in the sands and into the clams.

PSP had been detected on the Oregon coast where beaches have been closed since December.

No Washington coastal areas have been closed to digging because of elevated PSP levels since 1993, when beaches were closed for a year. A different marine toxin, domoic acid, prompted a seasonlong closure in 2002-03.

To further complicate matters, Ayres says another storm is expected to pound the beaches this Tuesday, which could put a halt to gathering samples.

“If we can’t collect samples then that is the end of the ballgame.”

A final decision will be made by Thursday.

If given the go ahead Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open Friday to Sunday, and Kalaloch will be open Saturday Sunday. Digging is allowed between noon and midnight only.

Sled dog race coming to Leavenworth

The Cascade Quest Sled Dog Race is Jan. 29-31 at Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road in Leavenworth.

The race is the premier series of sled dog races in the state with four stages ranging from a 150-mile race for 12-dog teams; 75-mile stage race for six-dog teams; 50-mile stage race for six-dog purebred teams; and two 12-mile races for recreational teams of two- to six-dogs.

The races support Chelan County Fire District 9. Details: www.cascadequest.com.


• The Washington Butterfly Association free lecture is 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. in Seattle. Title is Butterflies, Bears, and 12-Foot Fennel: Exploring Sicily and the French Pyrenees with Bill Yake. Details: 206-364-4935 or www.naba.org/Chapters/nabaws.

• The Edmonds Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the South County Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. in Edmonds. Guest speaker is Clint Muns, Puget Sound Anglers Director of Resource Management. Details: 425-218-0654 or http://edmondschaptertroutunlimited.blogspot.com.

• The Washington Steelhead Coalition winter membership meeting is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture Hall. Details: www.wildsteelheadcoalition.org.

• The Orvis Store, 10223 N.E. 10th St. in Bellevue, is hosting a beginning fly-tying classes Feb. 1, 3, 8 and 10. Cost is $100. Details: 425-452-9138.

• The Drake Magazine Fly Fishing Film Tour is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the King Cat Theater in Seattle. Cost is $12 at Kaufmann Stremborn, The Avid Angler, Puget Sound Fly Co, Pacific Fly Fisher, Creekside Angling Company and All About The Fly stores or $14 online and $15 at the door. Details: www.flyfishingfilmtour.com.

• The Puget Sound Anglers SnoKing Chapter meeting is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the South County Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. in Edmonds. Guest speaker is Ron Garner who will discuss trophy halibut fishing in Washington. Details: www.psasnoking.com.

• The Coast Guard Auxiliary Edmonds Flotilla is offering two 12-week boating classes for experienced and novice boaters. The Weekend Navigator begins Feb. 9, and the Boating Skills and Seamanship begins Feb. 11. Details: 360-668-0196.

• The Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall is hosting a Snow Tracking and Winter Survival Weekend, Feb. 5-7 at the Skalitude Retreat Center in Twisp. It is open to ages 18 and older. Skills covered include winter-shelter building, wildlife tracking, plant uses, physiology of survival and the survivalist mindset. Cost is $375, including organic meals and lodging. The school is a national not-for-profit environmental education organization established in 1983. Details: 425-788-1301 or www.wildernessawareness.org.

• Boaters considering a cruise to Southeast Alaska can attend a workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin St. in Seattle. The event is co-sponsored by Washington Sea Grant and the Seattle Yacht Club. Cost is $20. Details: 206-543-1225 or 206-325-1000.

• The Washington Sea Grant and Port of Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal are hosting a Coast Guard-approved First Aid at Sea course 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22. at the Nordby Building on Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle. Cost is $80. Details: 206-543-1225.

• The Everett Blackmouth Derby hosted by the Everett Salmon and Steelhead Club is March 20 in Marine Catch Areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9. Cost is $100 per boat, with a maximum of four anglers per boat. Largest fish is worth $3,000. Details: www.everettblackmouthderby.com.

• The new nonprofit Cascade Musky Association is looking for members. Cost is $25 or $35 for a couple/family membership. Details: www.cascademuskyassociation.com or www.wafish.com.

• The Washington Fly Fishing Club meeting is 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Seattle Tennis Club. Please RSVP to attend meetings. Details: www.WFFC.com.

• The Western Bass Club meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Kennydale Hall in Renton. Details: www.westernbassclub.comor www.nickbarrfishing.com.

• The Washington Trails Association offers statewide trip reports and trail conditions. Details: www.wta.org.

• The Northwest Fly Anglers offer various public classes through the year. The public also is invited to club meetings on the third Thursday of each month, at the Haller Lake Community Center, 12579 Densmore Ave N., in North Seattle. Details: 206-684-7524.

• The Emerald Sea Dive Club offers year-round activities, including the big buddy program and weekly and monthly dives. The club meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. at Alfy’s Pizza, 4820 196th SW in Lynnwood. Details: 425-775-2410 or www.emeraldseadiveclub.org.

• The Seattle Audubon Society offers field trips and classes every month. Details: 206-523-4483 or www.seattleaudubon.org.

• Northend Bassmasters is accepting new members who want to learn more about bass fishing. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Crystal Creek Cafe, 22620 Bothell-Everett Highway (Canyon Park) in Bothell. Details: 206-789-4259 or e-mail Gary Millard at glmillard@comcast.net.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com