Most of you have never heard of a Smelt I bet. They were most times 3 or 4 inches long. We used to use gill nets with small mesh to catch them each spring up north. On a good night (they only run at night to spawn) in a good place you could catch 5 gallon buckets full of those tasty things in just a few hours. Clean them by cutting off their heads and use your thumbnail to gut them. Roll in white cornmeal and deep fry. Scales were so fine it didn't matter just eat them like French fries. In the popular spots seem someone always had a propane fired deep fryer set up with peanut oil and anyone could cook them on the spot. The coolest thing about them was the smell of fresh caught ones. Lets play a game and yall guess the smell and I will give it away in a couple days. Some northern transplant will know for sure. But it may surprise you. Some guys at one spot they could wade out would use 20 to 50 foot minnow seines to catch them. The water was cold that time of year even with waders on so I preferred the gill net system.