SMELT FOR BAIT.

Discussion in 'NEBRASKA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by catman-j, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

    Messages:
    1,020
    State:
    Eastern Nebr
    No frills supermarket meat dept has whole smelt. They have quit an odor. Anyone ever use them for bait?
     
  2. jrgriffhusker

    jrgriffhusker New Member

    Messages:
    722
    State:
    Minden, Nebrask
    I've heard that they work but anything works if the fish are biting right. Give it a shot at least that way you know tor sure.
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    14,592
    State:
    Illinois
    I have never used it Jeff but would like to hear how it works for you. Try it and give us an update.
     
  4. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

    Messages:
    1,020
    State:
    Eastern Nebr
    I tried it but the fish weren't biting:sad2:
     
  5. newtothesport

    newtothesport New Member

    Messages:
    31
    State:
    nebraska
    I've never used em for catfish however have used em under a bobber and icefishing for northern. They slam em as soon as they hit the water:wink:
     
  6. bownero

    bownero New Member

    Messages:
    3,137
    State:
    Hastings, Ne.
    Yeah! I remember buying a bag of frozen Smelt to take to Lac LaRonge in Saskatchewan, Canada for Northern Pike and walleye fishing. The kickback was the northerns were in deeper water by the time we arrived and not many were caught on that trip. Never did try the smelt!!

    Anyhow, give them a shot and report on the testing!! Should work great on the channels, maybe even the blues will like em'!!
     
  7. Big Vic

    Big Vic New Member

    Messages:
    664
    State:
    Nebraska
    I have used them in fact have a bag in the freezer now !! They are a little soft seems like and can be a little tricky to keep on the hook. I have the best luck with a live bait hook. The kind that clip back like a saftey pin and have the two hooks. Not sure what the real name is !! :smile2:
     
  8. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

    Messages:
    1,020
    State:
    Eastern Nebr
    tried them and didn't get a bite on them at Summit.