Good article. I've been wondering for quite a while what happened to the smelt. In the late and mid 50s I can remember making the annual February trip to Troutdale with the smelt net. Our family would get a big bucket full in no time then head home and start the cleaning process. The deep frier would come out and in would go the smelt. I like them much better as sturgeon bait! There deceasing number concerns me. I hope it can be turned around. The shad populantion, an introduced species, seems to be thriving while the smelt numbers are alarming low. I'd sure like to know the real cause.:think:
Even if they show up this year, which I sure hope they do, you can not catch them. ODFW 2011 regulations puts all smelt off limits, illegal to catch smelt. I agree with ODFW on this one, you can't catch what's not there!