Smelting Season Is Here!

By KBJR News 1

April 23, 2011 Updated Apr 24, 2011 at 3:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Dozens of anglers were out enjoying Saturday's milder temps...hoping to catch some smelt.

They set up shop on Duluth's Park Point right by the Ariel Lift Bridge.

The annual smelt run happens every spring on shores throughout the Great Lakes Chain...after the smelt make their way up rivers to spawn.

There's no fishing rod involved though. Smelters must wade in the water and scoop the fish up with a large net.

Here's how you do it:

"You walk out there with your nets, two guys you pull it in slowly, making sure it's touching the ground. Pull it all the way in, don't let up and when you pull it on shore, there will be a bunch of little smelt in your net," said Bryant Steinberg.

Smelt broils are also highly anticipated in the Spring...in fact smelt caught in Lake Superior are said to be the biggest and best tasting.

The people we spoke with by the way plan to enjoy smelt for Easter dinner.