Frozen smelt...Where to get em??
The first part is incorrect. The second part is correct. You can use them and you always could. Even when the VHS rules came into effect you could still use them. You are right on with the 2nd part though and the guidelines for preserving them yourself are outlined in the regulations book. When those rules went into effect, many baitshops stopped selling them because they became a bit of a pain and they didn't sell enough volume to justify carrying them. Some baitshops have always sold them and when you get them from those places that do more often than not they are already salted. The hang up here is that after you use them you have to re-treat them for storage.