View Full Version : Smelt runs

06-19-2008, 07:24 AM
Are the smelt running yet? I live by the Mendocino cost

06-20-2008, 08:50 AM
I was camping at Bodega Bay two weeks ago and caught smelt all week long from the docks.

06-20-2008, 10:18 AM
Any tips on locating and catching?

06-21-2008, 09:22 AM
I used a sabiki bait rig cut in half so it only had two hooks then made a line for the sinker two to three feet long so the hooks were higher in the water column,higher off the bottom. Used shrimp,squid and pieces of smelt for bait all getting bit, The fish moved around so you would catch a couple then no action for a time then some more bites. Moving around was the key till you found the fish.

06-21-2008, 07:26 PM
rockbass-goin campin wed and thur @ bodega dunes. which docks? east or west side of harbor? any one hassle you for fishin on their property? any rock fish in the area from the bank? any info would be greatly appreciated, as i will be campin w/ wife and her friends from work, so lots of fishin time for me. ;)

07-12-2008, 10:49 AM
i am going to go camping at bodega bay, and i was woundering if anyone can give me a name of the pier you were catching the smelt. Is there a map? Thanks

07-18-2008, 05:47 PM
I assume you're talking about jack smelt. I use a bobber and a dropper rig with pile worms for bait.

07-21-2008, 06:56 PM
Spud Point Marina pier on the road to Bodega Head.Also the small public pier next to the big seafood restaurant,I think the name was Lucas warf just down from the Tides restaurant.