Turtle season july 15
Buddy of mine lost two rods in one night using smelt for bait on the Lower Wisconsin River. A turtle can push off on the bottom and just YANK your rod right out of the rod holder and into the river. I went over to visit with my buddy that night (he was fishing about 100 yards downstream from me and while we were talking his rod just FLEW out of the rod holder and into the river.
Smelt works great for turtles.