collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Cowlitz smelt season?  (Read 2570 times)

Offline 3boys

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jul 2008
  • Posts: 254
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2021, 06:44:42 PM »
I made it to the opener today. 1 dip and I had 2 limits. Not crowded where I was at


Curious.  Did they count and sex them?
We were only there 5 minutes. Saw a F an G boat cruise up the river. I have smelted many years and never seen them so thick. I suspect they will have another opener. The pic gives away my super secret spot.

Offline ctwiggs1

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2009
  • Posts: 3858
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2021, 07:02:54 PM »
How do you guys cook em? Always been interested in this one but Iíve never done it

Offline 3boys

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jul 2008
  • Posts: 254
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2021, 07:24:57 PM »
How do you guys cook em? Always been interested in this one but Iíve never done it
I clean them with scissors and a quick rinse. I will pan fry them and smoke bunch for snacks. They have a real clean taste. Just got off the slime line. Glad the limit is only 10#s!

Offline ctwiggs1

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2009
  • Posts: 3858
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2021, 07:43:39 PM »
How do you guys cook em? Always been interested in this one but Iíve never done it
I clean them with scissors and a quick rinse. I will pan fry them and smoke bunch for snacks. They have a real clean taste. Just got off the slime line. Glad the limit is only 10#s!

Ok, definitely going to have to give it a go next time!

Offline Parasite

  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Dec 2018
  • Posts: 276
  • Location: Olympia
  • Mansplainer
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2021, 09:26:21 PM »
All my smelt today we're males. What's that all about?

Offline Angry Perch

  • Past Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2011
  • Posts: 4700
  • Location: Sammamish
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2021, 09:46:07 PM »
Are those average size? They look big.

Offline 3boys

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jul 2008
  • Posts: 254
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2021, 11:37:48 PM »
Are those average size? They look big.
They were jumbo size. Largest I have ever gotten.

Offline CastleRocker

  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Dec 2008
  • Posts: 853
  • Location: Castle Rock, WA
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2021, 08:05:54 AM »
All my smelt today we're males. What's that all about?

Normally, the "pilot run" that comes through first, are all big males.  The pilot run came through about a month ago, so I don't know why these are big males.  I had to work, so no dipping.   I did talk to some Indians on my way home around 5 o'clock, that were still filling fish totes in the back of their truck, to see if they'd sell me some. 
Work to live, don't live to work.

You can educate away ignorance, sober up drunkenness, but you can't fix stupid.

Offline 2MANY

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2013
  • Posts: 3401
  • Location: Yup
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2021, 08:15:03 AM »
"All my smelt today we're males."

Welcome to Washington.


Offline HntnFsh

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2007
  • Posts: 4029
  • Location: Toledo
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2021, 12:25:49 PM »
Too bad about the all the males. Those big ripe females are great for sucking the eggs out of. Looks like oatmeal, but way better flavor!

Offline HntnFsh

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2007
  • Posts: 4029
  • Location: Toledo
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2021, 06:10:41 AM »
I dont think the spawning beds are anywhere close to pre eruption conditions. Everything below the mouth of he Toutle has been covered in sediment since the eruption. Look into interception rates in northern prawn fisheries and the amount of smelt bycatch they get and I think you will see a large part of the problem.

If It was because of the spawning beds why have we had years where there were absolutely massive runs of smelt only to be followed by years of no smelt. All since the eruption of mount St. Helens. With the sediment dam on the Toutle I dont think the Cowlitz will ever flush out the sediment. Thats part of the reason there is talk of dredging it again.

Offline pnwbestlife

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Feb 2020
  • Posts: 21
  • Location: Puyallup
    • facebook.com/pnwbestlife
Re: Cowlitz smelt season?
« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2021, 02:08:07 PM »
Hoping this isn't against the rules or anything, but I made a video of my smelt dipping adventure as a first time, never smelt dipped, had no idea what I was doing thing!

Enjoy!


 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

Trade/Co-op reloading stuff by Teepee96
[Today at 07:02:09 PM]


Buffalo Bore 9mm outdoorsman by jdb
[Today at 06:54:27 PM]


Finding hoof rot dead elk shed hunting by nwwanderer
[Today at 06:51:16 PM]


WTS/WTT: Springfield XDS .45 by Boze84
[Today at 06:50:04 PM]


Montana results??? by gasman
[Today at 06:48:46 PM]


Wts wtt brand new in box razor Gen ll 4x27x56 riflescope by wrchinook
[Today at 06:12:42 PM]


Letís see your throwback pictures by Buck Rub Jr
[Today at 05:49:06 PM]


2021 sheds.... Post them here. by Buckhunter24
[Today at 05:45:14 PM]


Optics Planet Sucks by Ridgeratt
[Today at 05:36:39 PM]


Powder for primers by huntfish365
[Today at 05:15:50 PM]


2021-22 Big Game Regs by TVHunts
[Today at 05:13:15 PM]


2021 49 Degrees North Springers by cougforester
[Today at 05:08:52 PM]


Dems want to make silencers illegal... by BULLBLASTER
[Today at 05:04:26 PM]


Guess the species and win a free book by ucwarden
[Today at 05:03:10 PM]


what is your turkey gun setup? by salish
[Today at 05:02:40 PM]


FS:5.56 x-tac lap by Bandocknr
[Today at 04:39:52 PM]


300 Blackout (AAC BLK) by b23
[Today at 04:35:16 PM]


Bow Mount Trolling Motor for Walley by rasbo
[Today at 04:23:38 PM]


2021 Regs - Still got some questions by Bob33
[Today at 04:15:24 PM]


Best sight to buy? by BigTines
[Today at 04:11:28 PM]