Smelt run along North Shore, fishermen flood Lester River

By KBJR News 1

May 17, 2014 Updated May 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Lester River was alive with the annual running of the smelt early Saturday morning, along with those willing to wade into the water, dip nets in hand.

And it turns out no less than 50 fisherman at any given time were willing to do just that until the sun rose.

There's a long–standing tradition of Northlanders smelting for the slender silver fish that run en masse upstream to spawn.

But the late winter and unseasonably thick ice has made this year's run later than past years.

As far as this year's smelt run goes, it all depends on who you were asking this morning. While some fisherman displayed modest buckets of the tasty invasive, others were taking them home by the cooler.

Billy Wagness
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