Chauncey Yockey 9 May 1936 pg 35

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Chauncey Yockey 9 May 1936  pg 35 - SMELT FISHING IS GREAT SPORT Thousands Dip for...
SMELT FISHING IS GREAT SPORT Thousands Dip for Fish During Spawning Run in Spring C ONSERVATIVE estimates place I the catch of smelt during thej April spawning season In the various various Delta county streams, near Kscanaba, at 600 tons, which wore shipped by railway express, freight and motor trucks to all parts of the United States. Thousands of sportsmen came from n wide territory to participate participate in the Kscanaba Smelt Fishina Jamboree, which was held April 2 and 3, and in the dipping for the sllvery-bellled fish during the three weeks the run was In proRress. Coronation of King Chauncey Yockey. Milwaukee attorney, and Queen Sadie Lee Erickson of Ks- canaha marked the climax of the two-day Jamboree held In the mythical kingdom of Hmeltlana. Ixically, Smeltlana Is considered to be a 20-mlle radius of Ksca- nal a, In which are found Hark river, Ford river. Portage creek. Kscanaba river, Days river, Tacoosh river. Rapid river. Whitefish Whitefish river. Squaw creek. Ogontz river, Stugeon river and Flshdam creek, the greatest concentration of smelt streams anywhere on the Great Lakes. .1 HMt IVofore Breakup Just before the ice breaks up In the northern end of Green bay, the smelt tnlRrate from the deeper deeper waters to the shores In search of streams In which to fpawn. The time of this movement determines determines the date of Escanaba'* smelt jamboree 'Tho Mardl Gras of the North”, although the natives are able to predict quite accurately weeks in advance when the runs will occur. Armed with dlpnets 18 Inches in diameter, the larRest legally permitted, thousands of fishermen on the river banks await the sll­ very-bellled fish. "Here they come!” Tlu goes up at the mouth of tIt«* as the first of the oncoming are netted, and the word. is on." is passed along ahead ■’’♦•‘t wave of fish. •\ dump; scoop and t bv twos and threes, Rhts and tens the re dipped from the ts are emptied Into i»e!s and fish boxes. At peak of the run there seem « more fish than water In the cry river fish “The run of * of stream, and three good scoops a net will f!H a bushel basket. Among The HtmdleH The smelt are th«* smallest commercial commercial fish taken In fresh waters. The length of til«» smelt in the spawning run ranges between six and 14 inches. These oceanic fi*-h first were introduced from Maine in 1 !»12 to provide food for the SebaRo salmon salmon which was hroiiRht In at the same time, as well as for the other fr«*sh water fish Plantings were made In th«* St. Mary's rlv«*r smd in Crystal Lake, near Beulah. But the transplanted salmon failed failed to "take hold’* and now by a ghastly Joke th«» sm«*lt may be eatliiR the pik«\ lake trout, whitefish, whitefish, perch, chub and herring, whose stomachs cney were Intended Intended to fill. But in 1921 a mysterious fish appeared in Cold «‘r«*«*k, which flows Into Crystal lak«*. Farmers passing the creek In the nlRht- time heard a rippling noi-e, Thev found the water choked with smelt, forcing th«*ir way upstream at the dictato of some Immutable law, und jammed so closely together together the top layer was lifted out onto the l/ank Resident» Piling«* In Residents plutiRe«] Into stream with dlpnets, screens, tubs, buckets, corn pers, be«l springs and even cages. They scooped up the In unbelievable quantities, surplus was f«*d to hoR-*, thrown on the fields as fertilizer and placed beneath fruit tre«*s in heap* which flashed gre«*n an silver in the sunliRht. Soon the smelt migrated northward northward In Lake Michigan, and were discovered during the spawning seRHon In various streams in the vicinity of Kscanaba about six years aRo. This year’s run is believed believed to be the heaviest on record. record. Rapid River residents reported reported that the fish were running up the Whlteflsh river one afternoon, afternoon, a previously unheard of occurrence, occurrence, believed to have been brouRht about because the river was incapable of carrying all th«* fish at night. Smelt may be caught by hook and line In Little Bay de Noquet, In the vicinity of Kscanaba, (¡lad- stone, Masonville and Rapid River, throughout the year. Sportsmen say they will bite at a fly on quiet, warm midsummer days. The smelt runs, besides providing providing much enjoyment for the populate, also furnishes au opportunity opportunity fur many jobless and part-time employed persons, to' earn some extra «ash Income. Prices paid by wholesalers to fishermen for -melt range all the way from eight cents to a half cent, according to supply and demand. t he •a< ks, pop- bird fish The

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  1. The Escanaba Daily Press,
  2. 09 May 1936, Sat,
  3. Page 35

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