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Mike1



Joined: 01 Dec 2010
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Location: Canton, CT

PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:49 pm    Post subject: Smelt Fishing? Reply with quote

Hey guys, i am interested in learning how catch smelt through the ice? Where do i start? What do i use? What depths can i find them in? Any tips or advice would be awesome
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SeaDog1



Joined: 21 Dec 2009
Posts: 2628

PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike1!

Well 1st of all there are only 2 bodies of water in Ct. that have Smelt.
Colebrook Res. -> North end -> Have to park on Rt. 8 north -> Then go down a path they call the Goat Path, long, very steep, and a super pain to climb back up Exclamation

Hogback Res. is the other -> not to bad to walk down to or back.

BEWARE Exclamation Evil or Very Mad At Hogback they do release water and it has happened that you can have an AIR GAP (as much as 2 ft.) between the ice and water.
SPUD your way out by checking that there is water under the ice to hold it up -> STARTING at the shore line and then every few feet out from there.

Me -> I prefer to go up to Massachusetts just across the border -> Onota Lake or Littleville Res. -> parking, short walk out over deep water, + you can also catch nice trout and salmon.

Best regards,
SeaDog1
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metalfish



Joined: 10 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Onota Lake really? I fished it this weekend, tons of small yellow perch!
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi mf!

YES Exclamation Onota is LOADED with Smelt Exclamation
The Smelt there are the forage base for all the game fish.
They run 5 to 7 inches usually around 40-60 ft. down.
Deep water just off the parking lot/fishing pier.
Short walk -> And you can catch a bucket full Exclamation Very Happy
Super eating Exclamation Very Happy

Best regards,
SeaDog1

Oh! After you catch some, you can use them as bait for trout and salmon (Also at Onota) from just under the ice to 20 ft down. Exclamation Very Happy
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metalfish



Joined: 10 Nov 2008
Posts: 329

PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SeaDog1 wrote:
Hi mf!

YES Exclamation Onota is LOADED with Smelt Exclamation
The Smelt there are the forage base for all the game fish.
They run 5 to 7 inches usually around 40-60 ft. down.
Deep water just off the parking lot/fishing pier.
Short walk -> And you can catch a bucket full Exclamation Very Happy
Super eating Exclamation Very Happy

Best regards,
SeaDog1

Oh! After you catch some, you can use them as bait for trout and salmon (Also at Onota) from just under the ice to 20 ft down. Exclamation Very Happy


Sweet, I will have to remember this for next time up there. Thank You.
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