The season is a sort one and the limit is only 10lbs. This used to be a lot of fun. I can remember as a kid in the 1950s dipping smelt. Catching was the fun part. I never liked eating them. The folks would deep fry them along with a big batch of French fries. I would skip the smelt and chow down on the fries. In later years I would dip them and use them for sturgeon bait. Will be taking 3 of my grandsons down to watch the show tomorrow, and then pick up some French fries! Don't do much sturgeon fishing anymore, and not going to eat them so we will be content to watch.