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Anyone getting them yet? I might go tonight and try. The ice looked clear from my Lake Erie spot on Saturday

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Nothing again tonight.

I don't know if the timing is off, the spot is bad or the smelts are gone.

Is anyone else getting anything on Lake Erie?

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Back in the 50's  it was nothing to get over 100 per dip , many over 8" . Farmers used them for fertilizer !  We got bushels of them at spots like Lock 1 , Port Dal.harbour , Jordan Harbour , Queenston & out Lake Erie way at Rathfon Inn . The salmon have reduced them greatly .  I have heard they get good catches north of T.O. including Lake Simcoe ...  Maybe they haven't got into full swing (swim) yet ....hope you get some of those tasty critters .

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The temperature fluctuations and rising water could be throwing them off. Its usually for a short time frame in early April, for a week at most. Have to check the well known spots for recent activity (like peoples trash and discarded smelts along the rocks).

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I thought the smelt migration were temp sensitive , I read water temp should be from 38-40 degrees. Water was still 36 degrees yesterday. Could happen anytime soon.

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I'm pretty sure most spring fishing we are all used to is a bit out of whack this spring.....I scoped out some spots last month that should have shown signs......nada....haven't been fishing last couple weeks cuz I'm back to work...but doesn't seem I'm missing much.....lol....high water....ice....rain....water is colder than usual still......everything is just off by that one little bit

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From what I've read from Google info , we are better off without smelts since they are an invasive fish . Lots of info on them from Google & comments from people in Ontario .  Some say the zebra mussels played a part clearing the water and driving the smelts to deeper water .....maybe the gobies eat smelt spawn as well .

 ....one article of many  ......

http://www.invadingspecies.com/rainbow-smelt/

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