Smelt Run , Milwaukee County

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3/26/18 @ 6:41 AM
mattwagner200
mattwagner200
USER since 12/28/14

has anyone been down to jones island this year to give it a try?

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3/17/18 @ 11:35 AM
oldgreg
oldgreg
USER since 4/3/16

It used to be good a long time ago. When you have guys going into the creeks where they are spawning and filling 5 gallon buckets full with one dip of there net what do you expect. The smelt used to come in really thick every year but when you change habitat and have an over harvest that' what happens.

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3/17/18 @ 9:39 AM
one1shot
one1shot
USER since 12/31/09

Ecanaba,is better.

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3/17/18 @ 7:45 AM
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Batman1
Batman1
USER since 1/23/09

MOON PHASE
New Moon

We are smelting in Ashland everyday. Take the Prentice st. Landing or go out from anglers all bait and drive towards the crowds. You won't need an extension on your auger but it's close. Action starts heavy just before dark and runs all night. You'll need a tent and lantern if you want the best results. Use 2or3# test on the lightest rod you have and a glow jig with waxies. Action is right at the bottom with steady action till about 7:00 a.m. You should be in 18-30' of water.  Smelt are staging now for the spring run and the bay is full of them....

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3/16/18 @ 9:22 PM
River Warrior
River Warrior
USER since 3/3/18
Lots of posts about different places other than milwaukee. Smelt in Milwaukee area has been dead for 10 years good times 20 years. Just thought the talk would be more about the thread topic/original post.

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3/16/18 @ 3:46 PM
blackbrd
blackbrd
USER since 1/9/07

Hey hooks, please pm me. Was looking to go up to ashland this year and do some smelting again but don't really know where 2 go. Any guidance would b appreciated

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3/16/18 @ 6:16 AM
hooksNguns2
hooksNguns2
USER since 5/9/13

Is the lake front going to be open for smelters?

i heard rumors that the area where smeltfest was held last year was goingt to be closed off.

rumors are what rumors are...

I stopped by last year for my first time to check it out and met SMELTINATOR under his tent. what a good dude. he helped me out by inspecting a rig i wanted to buy and gave me lots of tips.

I took my family to Ashland and we did pretty good.

That truck load was NOT ours!

we filled 3 coolers.


good luck to all

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3/14/18 @ 8:57 AM
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Jzzzzz
Jzzzzz
USER since 1/19/02

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waning Crescent

cant wait, AREEEEEBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3/14/18 @ 7:26 AM
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Batman1
Batman1
USER since 1/23/09

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waning Crescent

FYI....there is a very good smelt 'bite' going on right now and for the next few weeks off Ashland in Chequamegon bay.  Glow jigs and waxies from dark dill about midnight off the bottom in 18-32' of water. Plowed roads make for easy travel out near the lighthouse. Couldn't believe that you could catch them as fast as that but a 5qt. bucketfull is not uncommon and many are doing it. Check with either bait store, Anglers All or River Rock. Lanterns in shanties is the ticket.

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3/13/18 @ 10:52 PM
awsomeears
awsomeears
USER since 12/13/09

Well in a week or two I hope spring starts to say Hello with 50's and low 60's

Smelt'n time coming in a few weeks.

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