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Fished all day today with dead smelt, I fished 1 tip-up and had 7 others all around me, the other guys were using sucker minnows and shiners.

I went 1-3

the other guys didn't even have a run all day.
 

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I agree with ya, but some days the live ones out do the smelt. It never hurts to throw some smelt in your pocket though. Definatly better thaan lugging a minnow bucket. Try soaking some in food coloring in a ziploc sometimes the red or yellow is the ticket and not the green. Heck have the kids help it will be like coloring Easter eggs
 

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Way to go! Don't limit yourself to using them through the ice though, one of my best methods for spring pike is to set some dead smelt out and let them get good and stinky before I use them, the biggies go nuts for 'em.

Mitch
 
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