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troutfan



Some fishing reports suggest that DFO may open fishery for eulachon soon. Is it used for bait only or there is other value as well? How do you fish for them?
hawg hunter

You can eat em. I have; their not bad. You just coat em in flour and fry whole. Do not clean them. Once their cooked you just peel the filets off of each side and the guts stay with the bones. You can also smoke them. As far as catching, you use a net.
Anonymous

Where do you fish for them?
gooey

I seen people casting their nets off the seawall in stanley park and there is always a bunch of people along the west van seawall too.

I have seen people with buckets of these shiny little fish but I guess it takes a lot to make a meal!

In terms of cooking/preparation, a guy told me he cuts the head off, pops the guts out, gives em a quick rinse then into some Salt & Pepper flour mixture and into a deep fryer. He said the bones are soft enough to eat?!?
troutfan

Are you allowed to attract them with some sort of a bait/scent? Is it practical?
Anonymous

The fish people are catching off the seawall and the West Vancouver shoreline are smelts not eulachons.
gooey

The last post is incorrect:
#1 - the fish pictured at the top of the posting look identicle to the fish I see being caught along west van
#2 - Eulachun ARE smelts, specifically a species of smelt (according to a report writen by the DFO)...Saying a Eulachun isnt a smelt is like saying a golden retreiver isnt a dog!

Back to the question, there is no attractant needed, they are using gill nets, just like our comercial salmon boats but obviously much small. The fish slam into them as they swim along the shorelines and become entangled. These nets are generally set perpendicular to the shoreline to maximize effectiveness.
Anonymous

It looks like the Oolies in the river are making a bit of a comeback but the Smelts being caught along the English Bay shoreline aren't (they aren't the same kind of Smelt BTW).
Guys @ Spanish Banks are lucky to catch 20 a night now buit in years past they were catching hundreds.
Rodbreaker


There's also an active Commercial Fishery for Smelt in English Bay.
That's why the Sport Fishery is open Thursday through Sunday only-the other days the Commercial guys have at it.
They aren't big scale but do a decent business selling to Portuguese and sometimes Italian restaurants.
Sturgeon Rider

Isn't smelt used for bait to catch types of saltwater fish?
Rodbreaker


Smelt isn't commercially available as bait fish in stores-so the answer is no.

Oolies make good Sturgeon bait but must be used fresh-unlike bait for Salmon in saltwater which is difficult to use unless it's brined.
The Yak

nice 'nookie'
Anonymous

Subject: FN0226 - Eulachon: 2004 Recreational Opening - Areas 28 & 29

Opens Saturday, April 24, during daylight hours only (i.e. one hour before
sunrise to one hour after sunset) in Areas 28 & 29 (Howe Sound, Strait of
Georgia, and the tidal waters of the Fraser River). The daily limit is 20kg.
Anonymous

Subject: FN0226 - Eulachon: 2004 Recreational Opening - Areas 28 & 29

Opens Saturday, April 24, during daylight hours only (i.e. one hour before
sunrise to one hour after sunset) in Areas 28 & 29 (Howe Sound, Strait of
Georgia, and the tidal waters of the Fraser River). The daily limit is 20kg.
Anonymous

Anonymous

Eulachons are closed in the Fraser
Anonymous

they cleary opened on the 24th
Anonymous

Where's a good place to fish for oolichan ?

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