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Smelt size distributions

1641 Views 3 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  khazra
So I've had some good luck and a couple excellent feeds of smelt so far this year, and having pulled quite a few 9" and a couple 11" ones out at Dominion that seemed pretty durned big, I got to wondering about size distributions based on fishing locations.

I'm hearing that the central tidal lakes have the largest ones, with smelt over a foot long not being uncommon, and in my experience the ones at about the Rothesay and Cameron Road areas are generally smaller, often almost glassy when they're really tiny.

Any ideas why the ones at different locations are so different in relative size, assuming the above info is true (because fishermen never exaggerate, right? Right?! :) )
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Ive been getting them 5-8 inches roughly in shediac, biggest ive seen is right around 10 inches in that area.
That's pretty typical size for up and down the Northumberland coastline, in my experience.
There are two subspecies of smelt in North America, they used to be separated during the ice age, nowadays their ranges overlap but they still don't interbreed. One of the subspecies is bigger than the other. I don't remember which, though. There are charts online showing the proportions of each subspecies in the lakes.
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