[nggallery id=211]I took advantage of the nice weather today and asked my Dad to join me for a smelt-fish down on the Niagara River at Queenston, ON. I waited until 12noon to head down there hoping for clear skies which would make it easier for me to spot the smelt in 4-5′ of water. We thought we would go down today instead of the weekend so that we would not be dealing with crowds and we were right. We were the only ones there fishing for smelt. As soon as we got to the boat launch we looked down and could see thousands of smelt cruising right up against the shore. We assembled our nets, threw them out so that they would sink in about 4-5′ of water and than waited for the smelts to swim through. We probably waited an average of about 5-7 min. in between lifts and averaged about 20-50 smelt per lift. If you love to eat smelt, you can take advantage of the good weather and bonus-out before they finish spawning and head back to the Great Lakes.
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