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Steve Sutherland of Superior transfers a net of smelt into Billy Anderson's net to go in a bucket while fishing in the Lester River. Sutherland, who had been taking advantage of the smelt run and fished from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. that day, returned for the night fishing. (2006 file / News Tribune)

New limits on smelting

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As the smelt run begins in the Duluth area, people who harvest the silvery forage fish are being told they can be used only for eating, not as bait.


The message is being spread in an effort to limit the movement of VHS, a virus that has caused fish kills elsewhere on the Great Lakes. The disease is not harmful to humans.

"We're saying go ahead and harvest, but do it for consumption only," said Mike Scott, a DNR conservation officer specializing in invasive species.

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