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MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/19/14 9:14 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F
Well, the smelt run is all over with for Ashland, everyone. Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers All, said there was no action at all Saturday night. He believes the run has ended for the season on this side of Chequamegon Bay.

Roger advises smelters to try their luck over in Washburn, up in Cornucopia, or farther along the Lake Superior shoreline west toward Duluth.

PLEASE NOTE: Smelt can no longer be purchased from Anglers All. River Rock Inn & Bait Shop does not have any smelt for sale at this time either and is not accepting any orders.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank's Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html.

[This post was last edited on 5/19/14 at 9:37 AM]
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/18/14 9:38 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
Well, the smelt run is all over with for Ashland, everyone. Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers All, said there was no action at all last night. He believes the run has ended for the season on this side of Chequamegon Bay.

Roger advises smelters to try their luck over in Washburn, up in Cornucopia, or farther along the Lake Superior shoreline west toward Duluth.

PLEASE NOTE: Smelt can no longer be purchased from Anglers All. River Rock Inn & Bait Shop does not have any smelt for sale at this time either and is not accepting any orders.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.)

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/17/14 10:01 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° F
Unfortunately, the smelt run has diminished once again, folks. “The wind switched, started coming out of the south, and pushed everything out into the deep water,” said Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers All, referring to the drop-off in numbers on Friday night.

Roger said he only harvested 30 lbs. of smelt last night behind his shop, compared to about 250 lbs. Thursday night. He said those winds from the south were “pushing the warm water out and bringing the cold water in.”

He said smelters did not fare very well at Bayview Park (also known as Pamida Beach) either. The popular spot for smelters along U.S. Hwy. 2, across from what is now Shopko, was crowded with hopeful people armed with their dip nets.

“The forecast calls for southwest winds tonight,” Roger noted, “so we’ll see what that does. It (the run) might be winding down now anyway.”

You can still satisfy your craving for some Chequamegon Bay smelt today at Sanborn Community Park, where they are having a smelt fry from 3-7 p.m.

Smelt can no longer be purchased from Anglers All. Roger said he has more orders right now than he can probably fill with the way things are looking. River Rock Inn & Bait Shop does not have any smelt for sale at this time either and is not accepting any orders.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) We will be updating the smelt hotline message through the weekend, so please keep checking back for the latest information!

cadott53
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5/16/14 10:02 PM CST
netting at ashland ,start time 6 PM done 12:30 am, weather great lake calm tem cool. ended up with 2 5gal buckets, 90 % males

[This post was last edited on 5/16/14 at 10:03 PM]
Sprengerbass
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5/16/14 12:33 PM CST
Does anyone know if the smelt are running over by the brule river?

propwash
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5/16/14 11:38 AM CST
Getting plenty of them in Duluth.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/16/14 9:50 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
Joy of joys, the smelt run has picked up again! “It must have been the cold the night before,” said Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers All, referring to the drop-off in numbers on Wednesday night.

Roger said he harvested about 250 lbs. of smelt last night behind his shop compared to only around 90 lbs. Wednesday night. On Tuesday night, Roger netted close to 500 lbs. of smelt so he is hoping this weekend’s run will equal or even top that figure.

He said he has been told that they are not running well at all over in Washburn as some smelters reported getting only 5 or 6 of them the whole night.

Obviously, there is no earthly way to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there this weekend.

Those wishing to purchase smelt need to call Anglers All at 715/682-5754. Please be patient as Roger and his staff are being inundated with calls about smelt. Anglers All is currently selling smelt for $2/lb., but you are urged to call ahead and place your order early. Your name will be added to a waiting list and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

River Rock Inn & Bait Shop does not have any smelt for sale at this time and is not accepting any orders. According to River Rock staff members, they have had no smelt brought in and to their knowledge no smelt were netted in Duluth either.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) We will be updating the smelt hotline message over the weekend, so please keep checking back for the latest information!

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank's Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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FISHING REPORT
5/14/14 10:10 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
The smelt are still running! People netted a good amount of smelt again last night in Ashland. However, not as many people were out at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. One smelter who went there said he was out until 3 a.m. and only got 18 smelt.

The smelt ran from about 9 p.m. and quit before 2 in the morning, said Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter, who netted about 500 lbs. of smelt last night. Roger said the size of the run is still increasing and he expects it to continue. “It should just keep getting better and better,” he noted, adding that warmer temperatures would certainly help.

“It was really good last night, but we’re still waiting for the big one. Right now that water is still too cold for ideal conditions.”

Obviously, there is no earthly way to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there as soon as possible. Roger says he is hopeful that the run will continue through this weekend.

Those wishing to purchase smelt need to call Anglers All at 715/682-5754. Please be patient as Roger and his staff are being inundated with calls about smelt. Anglers All is currently selling smelt for $2/lb., but you are urged to call ahead and place your order early. Your name will be added to a waiting list and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

River Rock Inn & Bait Shop does not have any smelt for sale at this time and is not accepting any orders. According to River Rock staff members, they have had no smelt brought in and to their knowledge no smelt were netted in Duluth either.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) Please keep checking back daily for updates!

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank's Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html.

Important smelting rules and regulations from the Wis. Department of Natural Resources:

Non-residents NEED a valid Wisconsin non-resident fishing license to harvest smelt. (These can be obtained at any licensing agent such as Walmart or the DNR building.) The cheapest option for non-residents who wish to harvest smelt is to purchase a two-day outlying license.

Wisconsin residents do NOT need a fishing license to harvest smelt.

Residents CAN sell the smelt.

Non-residents CANNOT sell the smelt.

The smelt CANNOT be kept alive. The water must be emptied out of the buckets before leaving the beach.

Do NOT transport or use live smelt for bait.

ALL other fish including suckers CANNOT be kept. They must immediately be let go.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/13/14 9:30 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
The smelt are still running! People netted a decent amount of smelt again last night. However, not as many people were out at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach.

The smelt ran from about 10 p.m. until 2 in the morning. Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the size of the run is increasing and he expects it to continue. “It should just keep getting better and better,” he noted, adding that warmer temperatures would certainly help.

“We’re still waiting for the big one. Right now that water is still too cold for ideal conditions.”

Obviously, there is no earthly way to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there tonight! Please don’t think you can wait until this weekend or you could miss out entirely.

Those wishing to purchase smelt need to call Anglers All at 715/682-5754. Please be patient as Roger and his staff are being inundated with calls about smelt. Anglers All is currently selling smelt for $2/lb., but you are urged to call ahead and place your order early. Your name will be added to a waiting list and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

River Rock Inn & Bait Shop does not have any smelt for sale at this time and is not accepting any orders. According to River Rock staff members, they have had no smelt brought in and to their knowledge no smelt were netted in Duluth either.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) Please keep checking back daily for updates!

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank's Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html.

[This post was last edited on 5/13/14 at 12:50 PM]
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/12/14 9:42 AM CST
Conditions: Raining
Great news, folks! The smelt are definitely running!! People netted a fair amount of smelt last night on the far-east side of town and at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach.

Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the run appears to be picking up and he expects it to continue. "It should just keep getting better and better," he noted.

However, there is no earthly way to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there tonight! Please don’t think you can wait until next weekend or you could miss out entirely.

Those wishing to purchase smelt need to call Anglers All at 715/682-5754. Please be patient as Roger and his staff are being inundated with calls about smelt. Anglers All is currently selling smelt for $2/lb., but you are urged to call ahead and place your order early. Your name will be added to a waiting list and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

River Rock Inn & Bait Shop does not have any smelt for sale at this time and is not accepting any orders. According to River Rock staff members, no smelt were netted in Duluth either.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) Please keep checking back daily for updates!

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank's Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html.

[This post was last edited on 5/12/14 at 9:44 AM]
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5/11/14 11:02 PM CST
is it legal to sleep on a tent on the beach?!

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/11/14 10:11 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
Great news, folks! The smelt are definitely running!! People netted a decent amount of smelt last night on the far-east side of town and at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach.

The smelt started showing up around 8:30 p.m. and kept on coming until about 2 a.m. Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the run appears to be picking up and he expects it to continue. "It should just keep getting better and better," he noted.

However, there is no earthly way to predict how long the run will last, so we strongly urge you smelters to get out there tonight! Please don’t think you can wait until next weekend or you could miss out entirely.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) Please keep checking back for daily updates!

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank's Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/10/14 10:00 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° F
Well, lo and behold, the ice is finally out of Chequamegon Bay!! People did net some smelt last night behind Anglers All on the far-east side of town. River Rock Inn & Bait Shop also reports one person brought in half a bucket last night, while another snagged only a handful.

Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the smelt he netted last night were “all little males.” He noted that because the smelt run usually starts and ends with the males, this could mean either the run is just starting or it is petering out. “We’ll know better in a couple of days,” he said.

At any rate, whether the run is just starting or is almost over now, we strongly urge you smelters to get out there tonight! Please don’t think you can wait until next weekend or you will miss your chance.

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) Please keep checking back as we will be updating the hotline all weekend now that the ice is out of the bay!

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank's Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html.

Important smelting rules and regulations from the Wis. Department of Natural Resources:

Non-residents NEED a valid Wisconsin non-resident fishing license to harvest smelt. (These can be obtained at any licensing agent such as Walmart or the DNR building.) The cheapest option for non-residents who wish to harvest smelt is to purchase a two-day outlying license.

Wisconsin residents do NOT need a fishing license to harvest smelt.

Residents CAN sell the smelt.

Non-residents CANNOT sell the smelt.

The smelt CANNOT be kept alive. The water must be emptied out of the buckets before leaving the beach.

Do NOT transport or use live smelt for bait.

ALL other fish including suckers CANNOT be kept. They must immediately be let go.

MARY MCPHETRIDGE
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5/8/14 11:53 AM CST
Conditions: Foggy Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
Although there is some open water in various spots along Ashland’s shoreline, there is still quite a bit of ice moving around out there on Chequamegon Bay. As the winds change direction and the area receives more rain over the next few days, the ice could finally leave the bay, but for now it’s anyone’s guess when ice-out will occur.

According to Carolyn LaPenter of Anglers All in Ashland, some folks did net some smelt last night at Pamida Beach, but she did not know how many they got. Carolyn said she and her husband might try smelting tonight unless Ashland receives another round of strong thunderstorms and lightning.

Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. We need winds from the south to carry the ice out of the bay. We also need a few consecutive days of bright sunshine with warmer temperatures or a lot of rain to melt that ice!

Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on Chequamegon Bay. The smelt run usually peaks just after the ice leaves the bay, which we hope to see happen within the next week or so. Unfortunately, at this point it’s a waiting game. And contrary to what some folks may have heard, the smelt do not run under the ice, according to seasoned fishing guide Roger LaPenter. “They have to have open water to spawn.”

Typically, the smelt run is seen first in the Xcel Energy Bayfront power plant’s “hot pond” on the Ashland side of the bay. The smelt usually run late at night and are brought in with a seine net or dip net. The seine net is used on the shores of the big lake and some smelters use a dip net in the creeks.

Smelting is always a fun time with the smell of the clean air of Chequamegon Bay and the awesome sight of the many campfires along the shoreline. Smelters light campfires and enjoy the outdoors as they wait for the run to come in heavy. At times, the smelt may start running at 9 p.m. or they may be running at midnight or later. They are unpredictable little fish (approximately 4 to 5 inches in length) that only answer to Mother Nature.

Smelt were planted in the lake many decades ago and are not a native fish to Lake Superior. There is an old tradition that you bite the head off the first smelt brought in. Of course, you don’t actually eat the head, but you would be a brave smelter for sticking with the custom.

For more information on smelting season in the Ashland area, go to our website, www.visitashland.com, or call us at 1-800-284-9484 as we currently have a smelt hotline set up. (NOTE: If you call before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you will reach one of our Chamber staff members who can give you the smelt report. If you call after 5 or on the weekends, you will hear the smelt hotline recording.) Please keep checking back for updates!

ALSO – To see a real-time image of Chequamegon Bay, check out Northern State Bank’s Bay Cam at http://www.nsbashland.com/bay_cam.html

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5/8/14 9:05 AM CST
Pamida beach looks like its open water now

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