Utahman, the park is in fact accessible as shown in picture. The "closed due to erosion" appears legit from the standpoint of the area off parking appears to have been recently landscaped, city doesn't want the area trampled, so if u access just walk on improved surfaces. You can see in Pic the area was taped off and marked as closed, but appears tape was taken down prior to Thursday, no one we talked were confronted, not there for Friday/ Saturday if circumstances changed. Again, your mileage(experience) may vary. Maybe this we with full moon will bring the smelt in? Lots of bait fish marked on depth finders in bay. We do know Halverson fish market has fresh smelt.
So I see WInorthOutdoors reported with photos smelting at Bayview and it looks like a lot of others. to the east. Whats up with that. Did they close the parking lot and if its closed what are they doing there
Sounds like a done deal to me.
Make sure the wording is right and is straight and truth.
Same for me can't seine by myself and to old to wade with dip nets anymore so thought cast net would be the ticket till I found out it's illegal.
I submitted a resolution in Chippewa County to allow cast nets to be used in the same instances as dip and seine nets so we will see how it goes.
Spoke to DNR employee's and warden they could not see any reason not to be able to use them.
They weren't sure how the Fishery's end would feel about it.
Dang good question. I’ve wondered the same thing.
Iowa/Wisconsin border water as far as I know. That’s pretty big water. Studying that dang original agreement could be fun.
Was it originally put in place because it gave an “unfair advantage” to folks who were adept in using it?
Or was there a fishery in danger because it was very effective.
It’s worth researching the origin most likely.
So why are cast nets illegal for smelt in Wisconsin? They are legal for suckers in certain parts of the state, why not smelt? Does anyone know?
Thank you Men.
I used a five foot square off the pilings on the east side of the bayview park pier one year with a 12 foot pole and rope and pulley unfortunately the mesh was too big, more like a sucker net, and they slipped through, but it worked. Just tried it for a while, when we had the crew down there with the seines. Tied a knot in the rope so it would stop at the end of the pole and used the leverage to lift the end of the pole so it would swing in. If they are running good you might be better off with a large landing net with fine mesh. Back in the day, in Escanaba you could back up a truck, to the shore and fill it up with the landing nets
Just go for it shiner. Get a 4 or 6 ft lift net and rig something up. I went to “scope things out” a few years back. Started chatting with some guys, ended up borrowing a 4 ft lift net from a guy down there and just threw it out off a pier and pulled it back in. Walked away with over 300 smelt. Be friendly, have some extra beer, bring the waders, you’ll figure something out and learn a lot by watching. Ive seen people catch them in clothes hampers down there. You never know when somebody might need another guy to help pull a seine either.
Do it shiner. It’s totally a program. Read back a few pages for more thoughts.
whitepines has a very viable system there.