Salt-water smelt fishing in coastal Maine🎣! These little fish are delicious and have really supplemented the wild protein in my diet this week! Strangely they don't smell like fish, but rather like watermelon rind🍉! Hoping to get out again this weekend for another evenings haul! A few quarts of these covers the protein component in my meals for days! The various forms of ice fishing here have made me fall in love with the North ❄️ more than ever. Winter was once a time when my nature connection would seem to slip away from me over the course of months. Now I find myself as eco-engaged as ever! (Warm water) species of fish I don't like to eat in the summer become edible to me (less parasites) and lakes and ponds I wouldn't normally visit when there's open water (because I head higher into the mountains to be on the creeks) become places I want to spend my days. Not sure where you officially file gratitude statements for getting to live here on earth🌎 with your friends and family, but I have a lot of thanks to give 😍! Ha! Thanks everyone for following my journey here and for all your support! Hoping you get out there and after it this season! Rewild, Stay Wild!
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  • danielvitalisSalt-water smelt fishing in coastal Maine🎣! These little fish are delicious and have really supplemented the wild protein in my diet this week! Strangely they don't smell like fish, but rather like watermelon rind🍉! Hoping to get out again this weekend for another evenings haul! A few quarts of these covers the protein component in my meals for days! The various forms of ice fishing here have made me fall in love with the North ❄️ more than ever. Winter was once a time when my nature connection would seem to slip away from me over the course of months. Now I find myself as eco-engaged as ever! (Warm water) species of fish I don't like to eat in the summer become edible to me (less parasites) and lakes and ponds I wouldn't normally visit when there's open water (because I head higher into the mountains to be on the creeks) become places I want to spend my days. Not sure where you officially file gratitude statements for getting to live here on earth🌎 with your friends and family, but I have a lot of thanks to give 😍! Ha! Thanks everyone for following my journey here and for all your support! Hoping you get out there and after it this season! Rewild, Stay Wild!

  • danielvitalis@crunchygramma would they make a good salad, like mixed with mayo and onion and celery like tuna?
  • findthemidline@danielvitalis Well said 😊👍🏽
  • judykaye574I get smelt at my farmers market from a local fishermen. I pan fry them and eat them whole head to tail. They are delicious and they must be the cheapest fish you can buy at $2.99 lb. Maybe this year I will try catching them myself.
  • riteofearthWe have a smelt parade here in Duluth every year. The best part is the smelt feast at the end. 😋
  • eric_zhu_liuHow do you even cook em
  • danielvitalis@riteofearth where's that?
  • danielvitalis@zulus_zoo Hey Eric - you can I lightly batter them - or just leave them plain - and pan fry them.
  • eric_zhu_liu😊
  • riteofearth@danielvitalis Duluth Minnesota.
  • liveyournatureLove it!
  • lancewildcraft#livingthedream
  • johnadamscottWhitefish (lake) belly smells like cucumbers. I was thinking the other day you were looking for new ways to store your fish that would be Xeno estrogen free. How about salting? This is how people used to store fish pre refrigeration (think salt cod trade of the 1700s)
  • featherandfrondHell yes. We be blessed. ❤🐠🌿
  • newengland_stewardGame wardens ask me every year if they can watch for smelt poachers in early spring on my property because they breed up by a beaver dam at the end of my property. I have some amazing game pics of minks, fishers and even lynx feeding off of the smelt retreating back into the lake. It's a sacred ground that has been used for thousands of years by the native Americans and landlocked salmon wait patiently at the mouth of the stream. I personally believe the remnants of the native American rock traps are still present in the cove, it's very obvious man placed them there.
  • newengland_stewardIt's amazing though because after the smelt breed the water turns black with fish. And no I'm not talking about ale wives 😊😂 it's incredible and it creates a perfect ecosystem around where I live
  • donnachaidh_angusI still remember the smelt running and we would be on the ice all night with lanterns and beer jigging. The good ole days :)
  • danielvitalis@johnadamscott yea it's a viable option, but so... Salty. Ill mull that over
  • danielvitalis@newengland_steward so you can fish smelt and salmon in your back yard??!
  • newengland_steward@danielvitalis Yes, the smelt are protected from dipping in the stream but the salmon may be taken if they're 16" or larger during January only.
  • newengland_stewardI'll put a trail camera by the stream the bobcats, lynx, fisher and mink are all very active feeding this past week on the smelts
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