MUSKIES MINUS THE MUKLUKS

Time to store the ice auger, parka and pac boots and get ready for fishing in sunshine and open water. The Northwest Sportshow provides everything the outdoor sportsman or woman needs. View the latest in hunting and fishing gear, tackle, boats, resort and vacation information and more. There will be hands-on, interactive exhibits, presentations and demonstrations, and seminars by prominent fishing and outdoor experts, including Ron Schara, Gary Parson, Dennis Anderson and Pete Maina. There's free fishing for kids 12 and younger at the trout pond, and a variety of competitions and giveaways. (1-9 p.m. Wed.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sun. $4-$10. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls., www.northwestsportshow.com.)

BRIAN LEEHAN