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Big Screen Lure for Film Festivals and Movie Events in Thunder Bay
Movies, video and film are the exciting mediums these days. It’s what people pay to see, what they discuss in coffee shops and how they fantasize as a route for success, fame and a means to express themselves. Some of this expression in recent years has become part of the cultural fabric of Thunder Bay. The city boasts three local film festivals along with sporadic independent film showings and events that make a visit to the city even more worthwhile if you are a film/movie buff. Generating Local Interest in Movie and Film Thirteen years ago, my brother Eric Weller made the first feature-length film in Thunder Bay in 70 years—a horror/comedy, Zombie Massacre. He now teaches at Confederation College…
Will we be ice fishing on Saturday?
With one day left to the walleye opener and the start of the May Long weekend, many people are wondering, can I get out on the lake?   Some lakes are open and some, unfortunately, are not. With the record cold winter and a miserable cold spring, Mother Nature has just not been good to us. Last weekend I wrote an ice out article that updated conditions with one week to opener. While last weekend was hot and sunny and *gasp* summer-like, this week saw below freezing temps and even some snow! This morning there was a layer of frost on my windshield. I know, it's not what you wanted to hear but believe me, it's really not what we…
Spring walleye are a great catch!
On your visit to Thunder Bay this spring make sure to bring your fishing rod as there is some excellent urban walleye angling to be had right in the city limits. The Kaministiquia River, the Current River and Boulevard Lake are a couple great spots to try with quick access from anywhere in the city. Kaministiquia River The largest of Thunder Bay's 11 streams and rivers also has its most diverse fishery. The Kaministiquia is a large, deceptively swift river that features holes that go down 40 feet or better. In the section from the Highway 61 bridge to the river mouth, anglers will find plentiful walleye and northern pike. Less common are rock bass and crappie.  The actual mouth of the…
Gord Ellis with a big north shore steelhead
Some of the finest wild steelhead fishing in Canada is found on Lake Superior’s north shore between Thunder Bay and Wawa in Northwest Ontario. Drew Myers with average sized Lake Superior SteelheadThese coastal streams range from tiny rivulets to the enormous Nipigon River. Lake dwelling rainbow trout start their run in late April, but action peaks in mid-May. However, there are usually a lot of fish to catch right into June, and the action can be fast and furious. Averaging about 5 pounds, hard-fighting steelhead take gaudy flies of orange, red and chartreuse with relish. In the slower waters, float fisherman using spawn bags catch the lion's share of steelhead. In Thunder Bay, the Neebing and McIntyre Rivers provide anglers a lot…
When will the ice go out in 2014?
Will the ice be gone for May Long Weekend and Walleye Opener?   UPDATE: Read the ice conditions the day before walleye opener here. Every year visitors and locals wonder, and often bet on, when the ice will go out. It can vary greatly—this year will probably at least 4 weeks later than in 2012. The 2013/2014 winter was one for the record books in both snow and cold temperatures. Last year was a really late ice out and I believe it will be around the same time this year. The lakes in the southern area of Sunset Country like Rainy Lake will go out first, then the lakes around the center like Lake of the Woods and Eagle Lake.…
Watching the events at Harbourfest
It's warming up in Sunset Country, and as it heats up so do the summer events.   Here's a list of the Top 10 Events and Festivals in Ontario's Sunset Country this summer listed in order that they occur. Please click the event for more information. Follow our Facebook page dedicated solely to Northwest Ontario Events or go to the Sunset Country Events Calendar for a complete lists of events year round. Peaceful Border Days Location: Fort Frances, ON/International Falls, MN Date:  June 26-July 5, 2014 Highlights: Peace Pull (cancelled), Canada Day Events, Dragon Boat Races, Bathtub Races, Music Concerts, 4th of July Events and more Facebook: Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce Moosefest Location: Dryden Date:  June 27-July 6, 2014…
Discover a Garden of Eden nestled in Lake Huron.
How many people travel great distances to find extreme relaxation? How many look for a place to lose themselves in thoughts of serenity and tranquility? For those lucky enough to call St. Joseph Island home, they must not look anywhere except their own back and front yards, and bask in natures glory, a true Garden of Eden anytime of the year. Recently, someone near and dear to my heart was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. When she was given the news, she told me she wanted to spend her time on St. Joseph Island, a place she had called home for more than 30 years. For her, St. Joseph Island had been a great place to raise a family, own…
The Emo Walleye Classic runs May 29-31, 2014 on the Rainy River
The Countdown begins to the Emo Walleye Classic, Northwest Ontario's Premier Walleye Tournament   The Emo Walleye Classic is traditionally the first big fishing tournament in Ontario's Sunset Country each year. This year it's May 29-31st in Emo, Ontario. It's two days of fishing on the Rainy River, with the hopes of catching enough big ones to win, or at least come in running for some money. Last year Les Morrison and Oliver Gibbons won the 2013 Emo Walleye Classic with a total weight of 20.16lbs. This year the winner's are hoping to take home a $10,000 first place prize. The 2014 prize payouts are based on 65 teams and will be adjusted based on total number of teams competing. Huge…
story and photos by Carter Dorscht
I’m sure everyone’s anxious to get out onto the water, once the ice completely melts, and start catching some fish from the boat.  As I drove over the St. Joseph Island Bridge each day over the past few weeks, more and more open water was emerging, which was exciting.  Heavy rainfall the last few days has made most of the ice disappear, and everywhere I can see is open water for the most part.  Even though ice fishing was a ton of fun this year, it’s time to get back onto the open water!      Smelting season is upon us and I got out for the first time April 27th in Gawas Bay on St. Joseph Island.  I would say…

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