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> Smelts, Are there smelt anymore
Cessna172
Posted: Apr 13, 2018 - 08:01 pm


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I haven't heard of smelt running in years . Has anyone caught any in the last few years

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Nuclear
Posted: Apr 13, 2018 - 10:31 pm


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with some rain in the forecast they should start running within 10 days every lake is different in timing when I get a call I 'll try to give you heads up good luck I get smelts every year knowing people up north helps good luck.

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crappiehappy
Posted: Apr 15, 2018 - 06:31 pm


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Forget about the smelt..
Now is the goby run..

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Posted: Apr 15, 2018 - 07:17 pm


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QUOTE (crappiehappy @ Apr 15, 2018 - 06:31 pm)
Forget about the smelt..
Now is the goby run..

Why does that statement makes me wanna cry! Lol

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steelheader
Posted: Apr 15, 2018 - 08:04 pm


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QUOTE (crappiehappy @ Apr 15, 2018 - 06:31 pm)
Forget about the smelt..
Now is the goby run..

Not sure how the goby numbers got so high ?? The smallies love em , jumbo perch gobble them down and now our salmon and bows have found this bonanza..

A new food source ..slow moving and full of protein.


Keep eating em..

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Fishabout
Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 06:15 am


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I have never found a goby in a salmon. I have cleaned hundreds of them from Georgian bay. I don't know anyone either that has seen one in them. Lakers eat them but I would say salmon don't.

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Dbfish
Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 08:51 am


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Lots of smelts around! Saw some on the Metro fish counter!lol

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Brookie56
Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 08:56 am


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Atlantic salmon eat them. A big part of the reason Michigan is trying them out in Lake Huron over the Chinook. The only small Atlantic I ever caught in Huron did have a couple of goby in its stomach. I don't think goby had arrived yet, the last time I caught and kept a Chinook out of Lake Huron.

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Fishabout
Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 09:22 am


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Gobies have been in huron well over 10 years now. Atlantic's are not stocked because of the gobies.

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Brookie56
Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 01:10 pm


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They were/are stocked by the Michigan DNR in an attempt to augment a sagging Chinook salmon fishery. The Atlantics will eat the gobies the Chinooks have not (unless they started recently). Not saying it is going to work but that was the original thinking behind the stocking. They have had some success with Atlantic's up in the Soo, but I think that is a different set of conditions from the main lake (the St.Mary's river). I have seen a few 3-4 lb fish as by-catch in net boats in Kincardine and Bayfield, so they are in the swim.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 04:22 pm


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Not sure about the atlantic thing, but ive found gobies in steelhead from lady o, and smelt in erie walleye, just my two cents

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12footspringbok
Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 04:25 am


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QUOTE (Fishabout @ Apr 16, 2018 - 06:15 am)
I have never found a goby in a salmon. I have cleaned hundreds of them from Georgian bay.  I don't know anyone either that has seen one in them.  Lakers eat them but I would say salmon don't.

Very rare, but I have caught salmon on G-bay with gobies in their stomach. Also caught lakers on G-bay stuffed with alewife this winter which isn't supposed to happen either according to the MNR.

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Fishabout
Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 07:25 am


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I don't think gobies will ever be main food source for salmon. I will be looking for gobies when I clean salmon.

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steelheader
Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 07:41 am


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QUOTE (Fishabout @ Apr 16, 2018 - 06:15 am)
I have never found a goby in a salmon. I have cleaned hundreds of them from Georgian bay. I don't know anyone either that has seen one in them. Lakers eat them but I would say salmon don't.

Although not a common thing at present the salmon do eat gobies , personally I have caught one atlantic and one chinnie with gobies in their gut , As well as the bows and lakers all out of Georgian bay ..

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Knuguy
Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 03:57 pm


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You are the first guy I heard say that they caught an Atlantic! I thought they were as scarce as hens' teeth!!

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