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Wakasagi Smelt Fishing

Wakasagi is the Japanese word for fresh water smelt fish. There are many places that offer you the opportunity go Wakasagi Smelt Fishing in Japan.

Wakasagi Smelt Fishing is a popular winter pass time where people drill holes through the thick layers of ice in order to catch the tiny fish. On some lakes and rivers, there are tents set up with holes already drilled and equipped with the materials needed to deep fry your fish. These tiny fish can be enjoyed lightly battered with tempura or grilled. When you are eating the smelt fish it is recommended that you cook and eat them whole. It is common to have them as a bar snack. The bones of the small fish are soft enough to eat.

Depending on where you go for Wakasagi fishing they can have all the equipment available for you to rent. For example at Lake Akan in Hokkaido has multiple tents set up with the holes already made inside. In addition they have added heaters inside the tent to keep you warm. After you are done catching Wakasagi you can take them to a separate area where you can have them cooked on the spot. There other times in the year when the water is not frozen that you can still go fishing for smelt. Usually it would be a possible option while riding a cruise boat. One place where you can do this is in Lake Nojiri in Nagano prefecture.

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