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Smelt

northern pike

The population of this invasive species peaked in the 1970s. With Lake Superior restored to a more natural state, these silver-colored fish, 6 to 9 inches long, no longer bring thousands of netters to the North Shore for the spring smelt run.

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Fish being properly released after being caught

A helping hand

Fish populations don't grow as fast as demand. Practice some natural recycling on your next trip.
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