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Smelt run story. I dont think they spawn under the ice

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I saw in a post about smelt spawning under the ice. About 14 years or so ago it was a cold spring and not to much was happening with the smelt until may. On opening weekend of fishing a friend and it headed up to the point on that Sunday night. when we got up to Duluth we were told the ice just blew off the point that day. Well we went down to teh end of the point and some guys were coming back up and were carrying a cooler. Each guy had a handle. we asked them if there were any smelt in and they just grunted and said yeah a few. Well we went down and the first pull we filled a 48qrt cooler. I wish i knew how to post pics. it was unreal 65 and not a bit of wind and you could see the lake was like glass. we went out about 25ft from shore just past the first little dip and made a pull and another cooler full. it was fun to stand in the lake with your light off and then turn it on and look at all of them. It was unreal.we spent about 5 hours out there the northern lights were going and it was so nice we just had a few brews and took it all in. that was one smelt run i will remember forever. I started smelting in the glory days of smelting but that one was unreal. Opening weekend of fishing in May. who would have thought it.

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It will neever Happen shocked.gif.

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Thanks for the story.

We smelt right up to May. By then everyone has enough smelt. Could you put off smelting till May, yes but then your gambling on getting them.

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