Smelt in Ashland, Ashland County

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4/24/17 @ 9:41 AM
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Mary McPhetridge
ashland
USER since 4/22/10

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

Ashland County Smelt report, Monday, April 24th

The local bait shops and area smelters report the Smelt run seems to be tailing off now. There were few Smelters out last night and no Smelt were reported brought in. We will continue to keep you posted. 

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4/24/17 @ 7:51 AM
jKsled
jKsled
USER since 12/30/13

Now that you say that, I remember having them before.  Didn't realize they were out of Superior.  Thanks!

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4/24/17 @ 7:42 AM
waltereye sr.
waltereye sr.
USER since 6/25/01

After cleaning with a pair of scissors, and a good washing, salt them and roll in flour. Fry in butter. Fresh bread and butter on the side and maybe some fried potatoes. Lots of people deep fry them also. Eat bones and all of course.

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4/24/17 @ 7:38 AM
jKsled
jKsled
USER since 12/30/13

Just out of curiousity, what does everyone do with smelt?  Bait?  Food?  If you are eating them how are they prepared? 

I always see it on the active topics in spring and I've always been curious.

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4/24/17 @ 6:11 AM
one1shot
one1shot
USER since 12/31/09

I dont go for smelt until openning weekend and always get plenty,avoid the popular places

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4/24/17 @ 2:11 AM
Justwanttosmeltforever
Justwanttosmeltforever
USER since 4/18/17

Please learn to share. The space is public so if you are not smelting, they are free to seine there. 

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4/23/17 @ 9:37 AM
dougger
dougger
USER since 5/12/13
So your mad someone pulled their sein in "your spot" while you were warming your hands at the fire? 

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4/23/17 @ 3:47 AM
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Hunt.Fish.24/7
Hunt.Fish.24/7
USER since 4/21/16

MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

Was out there Wednesday night and Thursday night...

Wednesday night going into Thursday night was great! Lots of smelt was pulled in, the usual group to the right of the dock at Bayview Park average pull was a bout 2-5 gallons at a time.  We did good too averaged about 1-3 gallons a pull depending on the time of the night.  

Thursday night going into Friday morning was super slow, don't know if the snow and rain shut down the smelt, but they weren't as many?  We did manage to get some that night though.  

Rant of the night  (Thursday night into Friday morning), I understand it is public water, but some people need to have common sense and courtesy with netting in front of another group who had been waiting there for 8 hours for that spot.  We had a group jump in and net in front of us after their arrival.  They started the usual "hey anything yet?...blah blah blah, then they set down their gear between us and another group who was only 20 yards or so to the left of us.  They started to net and came into our lane of netting as well.  They even stepped on my seine net when it was laying on the sand when we were back at the fire pit warming up our hands.  They did this throughout the night, so we moved and they still followed us!  We did a little better at this new spot (average pull was about 1-2 gallons).  They would see that we netted a decent amount, they quickly jump in front of us again and did this throughout the whole night.  We did ask them to move down a little so we don't bump nets or get in eachother's way, but seemed like they didnt understand!? Respect others please!!!

Gonna give it one last try this weekend Saturday April 29th to see how the last of the smelt run will be.  Good luck to all and be safe!

Edited on 4/23/17 3:48 AM
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4/22/17 @ 8:20 PM
waltereye sr.
waltereye sr.
USER since 6/25/01

Am I wrong, or is this one of the longest smelting runs in years?

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4/22/17 @ 7:54 PM
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Jzzzzz
Jzzzzz
USER since 1/19/02

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waning Crescent

blitzfish and I headed up Thursday after work for a red eye smash and grab seine mission, was a long trip from  Milwaukee but after a lil mc d's in Minocqua  we were ready to go, it got windy and cold the further north we got around hurly and it was a white out with snow and could barely see the road but the closer we got to the lake it warmed up to about 36 and was clear turned out to be a real nice night, we started at anglers and with a hot tip from a real nice fella Troy we did two back to back gallon pulls and we were fillin up the cooler that was pretty much it for there with only 5-10 smelt pulls for the next 2 hours, guys dipping earlier right at dark were doing good and fillin buckets but the seining wasn't as good imo the water was churned up and it was choppy so idk if the smelt were just realating better to the docks in the dirty water or what. the few guys there left and we were alone so we decided to go back over and check pamida at about 3am there was 2 guys dipping and 2 groups seining left, so we did a few swipes and ended up with a couple 20-30 fish pulls but then tapered off again, the dippers were doing ok with 10-20 smelt dips. at around dawn we went back to anglers to try one or two more pulls we did one and got one shmelt so we hoped in the truck and headed back, with about 6 gal of smelt aprox 830 or so, more than plenty to clean and we both got a couple meals, so I'm not complaining, It was a long drive back and a long day Friday tryin to nap up and then clean shmelt but it was fun and everybody we talked to up there was very friendly and helpful it that was really cool.   goodluck all! 

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