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Have not had time to post about Bear's derby a few weeks ago. We got a fair number of fish but none the size we needed.. It was fun to play in the waves. Of interest to me was the fact that one of the fish I kept to eat had 4 smelt and a goby in its gut. Anyone else see the smelt returning?     Wes 

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Have not had time to post about Bear's derby a few weeks ago. We got a fair number of fish but none the size we needed.. It was fun to play in the waves. Of interest to me was the fact that one of the fish I kept to eat had 4 smelt and a goby in its gut. Anyone else see the smelt returning?     Wes 
That's cool, nice to see a variety of bait in any lake. Was the fish you caught shallow?

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There are still some Smelt in the Fingers but not in past numbers....I thought they were pretty much extinct here on Canandaigua but there are a few left that we have caught accidentally through the ice while fishing for perch. I haven't heard of runs in the Spring for years now though

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I hope so too Wes. I have a lot of fond memories both as a kid and adult of being out in the creeks in the Spring with a Coleman lantern and net getting them and seeing the occasional rainbow scoot out of the shallows in the light.:smile:

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