Second bass sign being erected here

When you’re driving down Front Street by the Sorting Gap Marina later this week, you might have to look twice.
A large 12’x16’ sign featuring a map of Rainy Lake will be standing next to the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship sign the bass committee erected last July.
“The first one was really well-received. And the idea for the second one probably came before the first one was even completed,” said Doug Cain, director of marketing for the FFCBC.
Cain explained the concept behind the second sign. “We want to let people know the size of Rainy Lake. When you go over the Causeway, that doesn’t necessarily let you know how large it is,” he noted.
The sign, produced by Dutka Signs of Atikokan, was designed by Times’ graphic artist Donna Pidlubny. “It’s eye-catching,” she assured.
Pidlubny has worked on many maps over her years at the Times, including its own annual vacation guide map.
And with the popularity of the bass tourney at a high, could there be yet another sign put up next year?
“There definitely could be. A lot of it has to do development of the waterfront. We don’t have to move too many signs,” Cain chuckled.
The sign erected last year features the FFCBC logo, along with its Web site address ( and this year’s tournament dates (July 24-28).
In other FFCBC news, with the bass tourney less than two weeks away, more volunteers are encouraged to sign up now. Helped is needed for tent set-up and take down, the morning and return boat checks, general clean-up, and some other areas.
Those interested in helping out can go to the Chamber of Commerce office (474 Scott St.), call 274-0136, or visit
Beside doing it for the sake of helping, volunteers also get a grab bag containing a T-shirt, water bottle, and 10 “Bass Bucks” that can be used anywhere on-site.
They’re also eligible for draw prizes.