Smelt for Pike bait wanted $ In Sheboygan Area.
We've found the smelt fishing to be getting better the past 3 years rather than worse. Similar reports from the MI side of Superior as well as the Park Point and Lester River reports.
The US doesn't do very much large scale commercial smelt harvesting anymore. The largest smelt harvesting is done in Lake Erie on the Canadian side. Great Lakes Food Company harvests millions of pounds of smelt each year, mainly in the Summer. On report I read from 2015 said one GLFC boat trawled for 2 hours and harvested over 8,000KG of smelt (17.6K lbs).
As far as the run in Chequamegon I'd suspect at least another week to a week in a half. Once you hear the frogs going up there they'll be running.
Since it seems like the ice is out up in superior or, will be, can you keep us posted on the run. I / We usually hit Ashland but never really hear anything about your area. It seems difficult to get a firsthand report or anything on the web,
That sounds like a bit of a stretch, Eire. How does Canada make things better for smelt? I don't think it was ruined by the DNR at all. The smelt exploded when lamprey decimated the number of Lake Trout there. Now we're seeing more Lake Trout up there than we have in the last 60 years. I would assume that with that many mouths to feed and a decline in cisco from what it was prior to the collapse of the lake trout there might have more to do with declined numbers of smelt than anything else. Not one guy on a mission to do everything in his power to get rid of smelt. LOL smh
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The reason for the decline of Smelt.. at least on Lake Superior Wisconsin: For 30 years the south shore had one fish biologist; Dennis Pratt. He didn't believe in anything other than the brule river and the non native GMO species Steelhead. I spoke with him numerous times before he retired. He was absolutely against smelt or anything to do with their survival. The history of smelt is unlike all other "non natives". Smelt actually migrated, on their own into the Great Lakes due to man made ship portages. So in reality, this species naturally developed to the conditions that were open to them. This same biologist wasn't a fan of salmon either. Canada still uses resources to assist both smelt and salmon on the north shore.. so the runs of both are huge. Michigan UP. still does management of both I hear also. I'm not sure about Lake Michigan other than I hear the salmon are outstanding. Lake Superior and the local culture has been shorted because of one man and the WDNR. This is all fact and my direct experience. Increased management of Lake Trout has had a huge impact on smelt as well. I would rather have a diverse species in lake superior than focusing on just a couple.