I've gotten dribs and drabs of smelt since early March with 20 smelt a week ago last Friday along with a bunch of emerald shiners. I'm sure that if you're persistent that one night you could hit the motherlode.
There's nothing like a calm night down at the lake even if the smelt aren't showing up.
I found the same thing last year. A few smelts mixed in with a pile of shiner minnows. The water temp is getting close optimum for the smelt run. I am going to try once again this weekend and will post the results.
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