Smelt Fishing | A Winter Tradition in Maine

Every winter, when tributaries of the Kennebec River freeze over, pop-up fishing outposts, known as Smelt Camps, are set up on the ice. Fishermen from all over Maine visit these camps to rent shacks in six-hour intervals, hoping to fill a bucket with delicious rainbow smelt. Last winter, we visited James Eddy Smelt Camp to experience this fishing tradition for ourselves.

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1 thought on “Smelt Fishing | A Winter Tradition in Maine

  1. Logic 1

    You captured the essence of tidal water smelt fishing. I plan my winter work schedule around the area to take advantage of smelt fishing on the tidal rivers.

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