Show Month in Washington

By on January 18, 2016

Each week we round-up the top fishing news from the Northwest and beyond. Do you have a news tip? E-mail us at news /at/

“Smart” Rod Launches Indiegogo Campaign

FishSentry, a “smart” fishing rod prototype, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to fund production and distribution of the FishSentry rod and smartphone app. According to FishSentry, the rod is integrated with an app that monitors and detects changes in rod movement, alerting the angler when they need to check their rod.

“Successfully raising the funds will enable the first totally connected fishing rod,” said FishSentry spokesman Spencer Worley in a written statement. “I believe the FishSentry app and rod will revolutionize the way outdoorsmen fish, interact with each other, and inspire the next generation of connected fishermen.”

FishSentry has currently raised about $3,000 toward their $250,000 funding goal.

Washington Sportsmen’s Show Kicks-Off January 27


The Washington Sportsmen’s Show opens in Puyallup on January 27 at the Washington State Fair Events Center. The annual, five-day event will feature exhibits from many of the region’s top outdoor manufacturers, as well as more than 100 free seminars. Speakers include Salmon University’s Tom Nelson, Mark Gavin, and Terry Rudnick.

Salmon University sponsors with a presence at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show include:

  • Eagle Nook Resort / Lucky Sportfishing (571)
  • Scotty Downriggers (505)
  • Sportco / Outdoor Emporium (863)
  • Tica (602)
  • Vac U Pack (806)
  • Wooldridge Boats (148)

A complete list of speaker times and locations, as well as other information, is available at the show’s website.

Seattle Boat Show Drops Anchor January 29


The 2016 Seattle Boat Show returns to the CenturyLink Field Event Center on January 29. The largest boat show on the west coast, the 2016 boat show will feature some 1,000 boats and yachts, more than 430 exhibitors, and 200 seminars and training classes.

While admission is regularly priced at $12 for adults, those who don’t own a boat but would like to learn more about how to get into boating can show up any weeknight of the show after 5pm, announce that they are “Boatless in Seattle” and gain free admission. Women can attend the show for free on Monday, Feb. 1 and enjoy a slate of seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters, including Effortless Onboard Entertaining: A Cooking Demonstration and What Every Woman Should Know before Getting on a Boat.

Salmon University sponsors with a presence at the 2016 Seattle Boat Show include:

  • Island Marine Center (West 41)
  • Pro-Troll (North 129)
  • Sportco / Outdoor Emporium (North 125)
  • Scotty Downriggers (North 132)
  • Waypoint Marine (North 160)

Free Ice Fishing Instruction in B.C.


The B.C. Wildlife Federation and Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia continue their popular series of introductory ice fishing classes with a January 24 event at Walloper Lake in Kamloops and a February 6 event at Yellow Lake in Penticton. Ice fishing experts will be on hand at both events to provide instruction, while ice fishing rods, augers, and bait will be available to borrow. A valid British Columbia freshwater fishing license is required, for more information go here.

Ice fishing photo courtesy Eric P (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Salmon University Staff
Salmon University is the top online resource for fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Follow us on Twitter @salmonuniv for the latest news and other updates.