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Minnesota in Photos: Smelt return for a fishy tradition

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1 Smelt fishermen take their nets back into the waters of Lake Superior on Sunday, April 22 at Park Point in Duluth, Minn. 
2 Koua Yang, right, of St. Paul, runs to the fire to warm up as cold temperatures and a stiff breeze kept most smelt fishermen on the shore instead of in Lake Superior Friday, April 20 along Park Point in Duluth, Minn. 
3 Brock House of Wrenshall, Minn. with a bucket of captured smelt on the shore of Lake Superior at Park Point in Duluth, Minn. 
4 Brock House checks out a big smelt captured in his family's net Sunday, April 22 along Park Point in Duluth, Minn. 
5 Smelt captured by the House family begin to fill a bucket Sunday evening along Park Point in Duluth, Minn. 
6 Andrew Frank, 14, bites the head off of a smelt as part of a tradition for first-time fishermen, on Sunday evening along Park Point in Duluth, Minn. 
7 Lanterns, fires and other sources of light are necessary for smelt fishermen. Smelt run in great numbers at night so fishermen are forced to drag their nets through the water in the dark. 
8 Kevin House, in the green hat, checks over buckets that he will use to store smelt captured in Lake Superior along Park Point in Duluth, Minn. on Sunday, April 23. 
9 Mike Fasteland, left, of Carlton, Minn. and Brad Bunge, right, of Wrenshall, Minn. reach shore with a few smelt Sunday evening along Park Point in Duluth, Minn.