Smelting Report 4/12 early AM


I checked out Taughannock Creek with my smelt net, lantern and waders. Nothing is happening yet. I was hoping to get a couple dozen smelt for a fish fry and some catfish bait. I did see some suckers and remembered that they make good cutbait. So a couple suckers made it home with me and will hopefully be used soon for some catfishing.

Around a dozen guys were smelting when I arrived at the park at 11:30 pm. Most hadn’t seen any smelt, but a couple guys had done 3 or 4 drives and netted 3 fish. I think most smelters on Cayuga tribs these days are primarily looking for trout/salmon bait. If I get time, I’ll check on the smelt again after the next warm rain.