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Old 02-22-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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Default Where can you buy fresh smelt?

Not sure if I can still dip smelt or not. The old back isn't what she use to be. Anyone know of any Markets/stores who will have a good deal In Portland area on fresh smelt? ........


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Old 02-22-2009, 11:34 AM   #2
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Actually here in North Cali, I go to Ray's Sentry Market and ask the butcher to order some. Its usually available this time of year and its fairly cheap. We use the seal-a-meal to package it in small quantities. Perhaps your mkt can do the same.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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i was looking for smelt also for my dad near portland
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:52 AM   #4
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Does anyone know?

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:09 AM   #5
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Got mine at Winco.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:35 PM   #6
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Fred Meyers. I got 25lbs. It was a little costly, but at least I got some.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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got 50 lbs at winco,2.98 a lb,b ut maybe on the cowlitz sat can get some more
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:45 PM   #8
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Ive used the winco kind and caught plenty of fish on them. Alot of people say they are garbage. But keep in mind make sure u get the Alaskan Smelt not the surf smelt.
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:13 PM   #9
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What's the difference between Alaskan smelt and surf smelt??? Size?? Where does the surf smelt come from?
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:49 PM   #10
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What's the difference between Alaskan smelt and surf smelt??? Size?? Where does the surf smelt come from?

I cant honestly tell you. Ive heard alot of people say surf smelt just dont work... and I mean alot I mean atleast 30-40 people. I just meant that I think people think winco carries surf smelt.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:00 AM   #11
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Well I just reserved 6 lbs of fresh smelt from winco. They said it was ocean smelt and they didn't know what Alaskan smelt where. Did I just waste my money or have they worked for people?

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Bought at Winco on 102nd portland
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:31 AM   #12
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hanks thriftway in hillsboro had 600 lbs last week from the columbia

sold out in a flash


called fred meyer

they have nothing

hanks told me the commercials were a bust last night for smelt
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:47 AM   #13
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Well I just reserved 6 lbs of fresh smelt from winco. They said it was ocean smelt and they didn't know what Alaskan smelt where. Did I just waste my money or have they worked for people?

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Bought at Winco on 102nd portland
Some winco's sell the Alaskan river smelt and some sell sea smelt.
Sea smelt= bad for sturgeon. I've used lots of the river smelt and as long as you not fishing next to someone with fresh columbia river smelt it will work fine. I bought sea smelt once. If you bought sea smelt bring a back up bait....
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:49 AM   #14
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Well I just reserved 6 lbs of fresh smelt from winco. They said it was ocean smelt and they didn't know what Alaskan smelt where. Did I just waste my money or have they worked for people?

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Bought at Winco on 102nd portland
i bought "ocean" smelt at 102 winco and it looks great. Looks just like the stuff at Bi mart fbut at 1/3 the price.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:10 AM   #15
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So the 6lbs I ordered from winco is garbage? They said it's ocean smelt is that stuff not working or what? Anyone still getting sturgeon to eat it? just wondering before I go pick it up...thanks
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:24 AM   #16
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check out crow's or krow's bait shop be hind sportsmans where house
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:48 AM   #17
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So the 6lbs I ordered from winco is garbage? They said it's ocean smelt is that stuff not working or what? Anyone still getting sturgeon to eat it? just wondering before I go pick it up...thanks
i think ocean is the same as alakan at winco. its definitely not surf smelt .I bought 23 pounds .I'm sure it will work great, it looks just like the bi mart/joes stuff
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:21 PM   #18
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So the 6lbs I ordered from winco is garbage? They said it's ocean smelt is that stuff not working or what? Anyone still getting sturgeon to eat it? just wondering before I go pick it up...thanks
Chop them in half and stuff them in a crab pot bag. Better than shad.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:27 PM   #19
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Well I just reserved 6 lbs of fresh smelt from winco. They said it was ocean smelt and they didn't know what Alaskan smelt where. Did I just waste my money or have they worked for people?

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Bought at Winco on 102nd portland

If its Alaskan Smelt which it should be atleast the one I go to calls it ocean smelt but they also didnt know what Alaskan Smelt was until one of the workers said it was Alaskan and showed me the box. Box says Alaskan the tag says Ocean.

Ive used it and it worked fine if unsure buy 1 pound and give it a shot.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:33 PM   #20
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Default Re: Where can you buy fresh smelt?

I called the Molalla Safeway stor and they have Canada freash water smelt, frozen for over $6.00 a pound. I s that a joke or what.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:19 PM   #21
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Tony's in Oregon City has Kenai River smelt.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:21 PM   #22
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Stopped at extreme marine in scappoose today. She just got a bunch of fresh not yet frozen smelt this afternoon. 9 dollars a pound
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