Lake Smelt (Osmeridae)
AKA: freshwater smelts, typical smelts
Smelts are a family of small fish found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Some smelt species are common in the North American Great Lakes, and in the lakes and seas of the northern part of Europe, where they run in large schools along the saltwater coastline during spring migration to their spawning streams.
USES: Smelts are a food source for many fish including salmon, striped bass and lake trout. Used as a substitute for silversides (spearing). Can be used to catch yellowtail snapper and chicken dolphin in the Florida Keys. Also great for fluke fishing, and any of the snappers. Ice fishermen use the smelt when fishing for pike.
Individually Quick Frozen: IQF baits are notable for the fact that each individual piece of bait is frozen separately from all the others. So that for example, a bag of IQF smelt doesn’t simply contain a solid block of smelt, but rather, each of the individual frozen smelt is loose inside the bag. Obviously, this makes IQF baits much easier to work with.