Smelt in Ashland, Ashland County

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2/23/17 @ 5:57 PM
lildipper
lildipper
USER since 8/17/16

Smelt...

The common names of this fish have a somewhat confusing relationship. The name "candlefish" derives from it being so fat during spawning, with up to 15% of total body weight in fat, that if caught, dried, and strung on a wick, it can be burned as a candle. This is the name most often used by early explorers. The name eulachon (occasionally seen as oolichan, oulachon, and uthlecan) is from the Chinookan language and the Chinook jargon based on that language. There is a theory that the term "hooligan" was influenced by "eulachon", rather than simply taken from the Irish surname. 


Last year the hooligans started photoperiodism about April 17.

Edited on 2/23/17 6:01 PM
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2/23/17 @ 6:05 AM
hooksNguns2
hooksNguns2
USER since 5/9/13

WooT!

You'd be surprised as to how often my conversations end up with hunting or fishing story. So it won't take long to regurgitate photoperiodism. i try to improve my vocabulary when ever I can. It's helped me alot, considering Eglish is my second language. lol

the pic: those I cooked for my mother when she came up to visit. She's never had smelt before. I too, get hungry when I see it.

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2/22/17 @ 2:22 PM
wootnshoo2
wootnshoo2
USER since 7/17/10

Hooks, that picture you posted is making me very hungry, one of my favorite fish to eat. I had to laugh as I pictured you just trying to fit that word in somewhere in a normal conversation. Just FYI the same thing happens to trigger the Whitetail Deer rut in the fall, only it is as the days get shorter. Some think its the temperature, but they rut in Texas when its 95 degrees out, so I'm sticking with photoperiodism (I was just waiting to use that word)!!

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2/22/17 @ 1:36 PM
hooksNguns2
hooksNguns2
USER since 5/9/13

THIS is exactly why I love being on this site. Because of folks like you, MuskyBen and others that provide such wealth of information to the rest of us. This may read as a mock but I assure you it isn't!

"Photoperiodism" say what!? belive me, I googled it!

It is now a word that I will use as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Who would've thunk it? Besides learning about a new fishery/techniques and the like, that it would include such scientific, yet easy to understand term to augment one's vocabulary.

See you hopefully during the run!

My sincere thanks to you Mr. Musky B.



Edited on 2/22/17 1:39 PM
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2/22/17 @ 9:18 AM
mattfish68
mattfish68
USER since 9/7/06

Thanks Musky.....

I'm going to have to keep a close ear out.   Would love to hit the correct time again.....

Matt



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2/22/17 @ 8:51 AM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

mattfish:

simply put there is a strong chance provided the weather following iceout is warm enough to keep increasing water temp.  The other factor involved is photoperiodism (PP), which means the light in the sky is around long enough each day to help incite the process.  All fishes spawn per water temp/photoperiodism, so as soon as it gets aligned spawning will take place... and it generally happens fairly close to ice out as the water will warm faster once the ice is gone.  There are times however where water temps will not necessarily move up fast enough and at that time PP takes over to initiate the process...  Sometimes the eggs never get soft enough and they are absorbed...

Musky Ben


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2/21/17 @ 5:41 PM
mattfish68
mattfish68
USER since 9/7/06

Wow,

With this warm-up, if Ice comes off the bay early this year, will that mean the smelt will run way early this year.....???

I've heard that the smelt start running soon after Ice comes off Chequamegon Bay.

Any thoughts ?


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2/7/17 @ 7:02 AM
hooksNguns2
hooksNguns2
USER since 5/9/13

Last year (2016) was my very first trip to Ashland and my 1st time smelt fishing. It was an AWESOME experience. I am planning on going again. Thanks to this forum and for the good people in it that gave me tips and direction. I will be forever grateful.

I will be counting on this site to decide when to go back up there. This time I will bring my kids. I want them to have the same experience I did, and teach them something else before I'm gone,

thanks to you

ps: if you know of someone selling a smelt rig, let me know!



Edited on 2/21/17 8:12 AM
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4/21/16 @ 9:52 AM
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Guns-n-bowses
Guns-n-bowses
USER since 4/14/16

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waxing Gibbous
A lot of smaller sized smelt this year, got one big female that was released.

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4/20/16 @ 3:51 PM
slippery jack
slippery jack
USER since 1/25/11
you do not need a license to sell smelt if you are a resident of wisconsin

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