Victoria Day Outlook

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Fishing along the mouth of the Current River in Thunder Bay
Fishing along the mouth of the Current River in Thunder Bay

Smelts
Smelt fishing is a Thunder Bay tradition.

THUNDER BAY – Many people are getting set for the Victoria Day long weekend. Launching the boat, opening camp, heading out fishing, heading out of town, or just relaxing in city are just a few of the options.

If you are headed out of town, Duluth, the ever-popular destination for many is one choice.

Weather wise, Duluth is calling for mostly cloudy skies early in the morning on Friday. The forecast is for partly sunny conditions in the morning with isolated rain showers or sprinkles in the afternoon. Highs 50f to 55f. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Light winds near Lake Superior. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Fishing wise, the walleye season opens this weekend. However the late spring has ice on some of the more popular lakes in the area. Smelts are running in many of the rivers around the region.

Sand Hill Cranes. Photo credit Lee Noyes from Pass Lake
Sand Hill Cranes. Photo credit Lee Noyes from Pass Lake

For bird watchers, this image of Sand Hill Cranes shot by Lee Noyes from Pass Lake shares that there is lots of outdoor activities to enjoy.

Fire Fighters Ten Mile Road Race
Racers at the start line of the Thunder Bay Fire Fighters Ten Mile Road Race.

On Monday the Annual Firefighters Run will be held in Thunder Bay. The Ten Mile race will attract spectators and competitors.

All open pit burning requires a permit from the City of Thunder Bay.
All open pit burning requires a permit from the City of Thunder Bay.

If you are staying home, and setting up a fire pit in your backyard, the City of Thunder Bay has some rules you need to follow:

You must obtain a permit prior to conducting any open-air burning in the City of Thunder Bay.

All new Recreational Burning Permits and all Open Burning Permits will be issued at the cost of $20 (non-refundable) which includes the site inspection. The cost to renew all Burn Permits annually is $20 (non-refundable). A permit is valid for that calendar year. Permits will only be issued to residents located in the City of Thunder Bay.

You now have the option to Apply or Renew your Burn Permit Online.

There are two types of Burn Permits.  Select from the options below: