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Ask a Conservation Officer
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:11:50 AM »
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Q: What are the requirements for taking smelt from Lake Superior?

A: The smelt run is underway in Duluth, and a lot of people have been doing well in different rivers along the shore. There are a few specific requirements you should know before smelting:

Anyone taking or attempting to take smelt must have a valid Minnesota angling license. A trout stamp is not required to take smelt by net in Lake Superior.

Dip nets can be used in the lake or the tributary rivers.

Seine nets up to 25 feet long and 4 feet high can be used in Lake Superior to take smelt, but can't be used in tributary rivers or within 100 feet of the mouth of a river.

Cast or umbrella type nets are illegal to use to take smelt in Lake Superior.

Artificial lights may not be used to attract smelt, but can be used to find your way through the water or check the contents of your net.

Any game fish incidentally taken while netting smelt must be immediately returned to the water.

Smelt may be bought or sold to any person, but may not be used as bait anywhere but in Lake Superior unless packaged and treated under a DNR-issued bait preservation permit. :tut:
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Re: Ask a Conservation Officer
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 07:55:35 AM »
Have always wanted to check out the smelt run.  Sounds fun even though it sounds like it is not like it used to be.