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Heavytruckerbud
Posted: Apr 09, 2023 - 10:12 pm


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Hey guys, Iíve been searching for a smelt fishing guide for many years. Iíve googled and asked around but no news.

Do people even guide for smelt? I know itís seasonal, but dang.

Thanks guys!

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Muskyhunter
Posted: Apr 10, 2023 - 04:56 am


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Where are you located in Ontario?

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mykola
Posted: Apr 10, 2023 - 06:47 am


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They are plentiful in most cottage country lakes. I believe the next three weeks is when they run up here, still a tad early. But itís different in each lake, the timing is like a progression from north to south. Need to start going out around 9pm and looking for a couple hoursÖ see nothing then try again couple days later. Also keep tabs on the next full moon. Look for public access near creek mouths and sandy beaches. I always seem to miss it, so donít take my word for it lol. Or go for drive at dusk and see if guys are setting up in the ďspotsĒ.

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Posted: Apr 10, 2023 - 08:57 am


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QUOTE (mykola @ Apr 10, 2023 - 06:47 am)
They are plentiful in most cottage country lakes. I believe the next three weeks is when they run up here, still a tad early. But itís different in each lake, the timing is like a progression from north to south. Need to start going out around 9pm and looking for a couple hoursÖ see nothing then try again couple days later. Also keep tabs on the next full moon. Look for public access near creek mouths and sandy beaches. I always seem to miss it, so donít take my word for it lol. Or go for drive at dusk and see if guys are setting up in the ďspotsĒ.

Thanks, Iím not trying to be that a###### who steals a spot, so I donít mind paying a guide.

To be honest, the thing that sparked my interest in smelt was that I was ice fishing lake Joseph, did great on lake trouts, but I was always marking these tiny fish, I didnít know what they were, there were like dozens and dozens of marks all the time, and what ever it was, it was nibbling ever so lightly at my lures.

Well I got back to Toronto and cut open the lakers, and there they were, jammed packed with smelt,

So if I had a sabiki rig or tiny hooks, Iím pretty sure I could have ice fished the smelt. And loaded up on them.

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Posted: Apr 10, 2023 - 08:59 am


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QUOTE (Muskyhunter @ Apr 10, 2023 - 04:56 am)
Where are you located in Ontario?

Toronto, so they why I canít really take the time to scout up north, and thatís why Iíd be willing to pay, and make it a once a year adventure up north. I donít mind driving 2-3 hours once a year!

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Posted: Apr 10, 2023 - 08:46 pm


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As a kid, we went to Wilmot Creek at night to get smelts...so many that it made be nauseous thinking about them. No exaggeration. We literally grabbed them with our hands and it was kind of disgusting because the females would be spewing eggs and the males would b spewing their stuff all over us as we grabbed them. No nets needed. Filled a black garbage bag - then the cleaning (it's fast for each smelt but with so many, it took hours). Haven't done that in a few decades nos so have no idea if they still run that Creek (probably but not in those numbers I would guess). After all that and the constant smell afterwards (esp. for kids), I never wanted to eat another smelt for a long time - probably a good thing since they were coming from Lake O (and during a pretty polluted period). Then many years later, while ice fishing, I caught a bunch of large ones while fishing fro perch and tried then again and wow, they were good! The Sabiki rigs are great for smelt but I usually cut the long line of hooks down to about 3 or 4 hooks (plenty to handle on an ice rod). Each time I see exactly what you have described on the sonar and tiny bites, I switch up and can catch a bunch before they move on. They are always the most liked fish for eating when I return from a fishing trip with smelt in the cooler.

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Posted: Apr 10, 2023 - 09:11 pm


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Does anyone know why the smelt population crashed?

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Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 05:17 am


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QUOTE (Knuguy @ Apr 10, 2023 - 09:11 pm)
Does anyone know why the smelt population crashed?

Maybe from guys taking full garbage bags of them home 🤷🏼‍♂️

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Heavytruckerbud
Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 09:04 am


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QUOTE (Drew @ Apr 11, 2023 - 05:17 am)
QUOTE (Knuguy @ Apr 10, 2023 - 09:11 pm)
Does anyone know why the smelt population crashed?

Maybe from guys taking full garbage bags of them home 🤷🏼‍♂️

Yea thatís what I suspect too, and I can kind of see why. Itís a free resource and if you donít take it, someone else will. Thatís the thinking now adays.

My parents told me about the smelt runs back In The day, and I just get jealous. Iím not trying to take buckets back. Literally just enough to have 2 good meals LOL

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Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 11:10 am


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Can't really guide for smelt you take one guy out and show em the spot the next night he shows up with 10 of his buddies and cleans it out. seen it with other species when a guide takes a guy out. There are people who hire guides just for spots and intel and then the go there on thier own with thier posse

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Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 12:37 pm


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QUOTE (Knuguy @ Apr 10, 2023 - 09:11 pm)
Does anyone know why the smelt population crashed?

Acid Rain

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Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 12:40 pm


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QUOTE (spooner @ Apr 11, 2023 - 11:10 am)
Can't really guide for smelt you take one guy out and show em the spot the next night he shows up with 10 of his buddies and cleans it out. seen it with other species when a guide takes a guy out. There are people who hire guides just for spots and intel and then the go there on thier own with thier posse

Amen
I was biting my Tongue not to say that. I always seem to be to blunt then Knuguy ridicules me

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Knuguy
Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 05:58 pm


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Huh? Did I ridicule you?----didn't mean to, sorry if I did. I was prob joking around a bit. Or are you just yanking my chain??

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Heavytruckerbud
Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 10:14 pm


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QUOTE (spooner @ Apr 11, 2023 - 11:10 am)
Can't really guide for smelt you take one guy out and show em the spot the next night he shows up with 10 of his buddies and cleans it out. seen it with other species when a guide takes a guy out. There are people who hire guides just for spots and intel and then the go there on thier own with thier posse

Ahh that makes sense. Sucks for everyone I guess

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Heavytruckerbud
Posted: Apr 11, 2023 - 10:15 pm


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QUOTE (Knuguy @ Apr 11, 2023 - 05:58 pm)
Huh? Did I ridicule you?----didn't mean to, sorry if I did. I was prob joking around a bit. Or are you just yanking my chain??

? Sorry donít think weíre talking about you. Weíre referring to ďotherĒ people that will clean out a spot and leave nothing.

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