The next Herbster Smelt Fry will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017.

With a bountiful smelt run underway, it is now safe to say that we will be serving smelt and only smelt at this year’s fundraiser. 


 Herbster Smelt Fry

Spring is approaching on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Herbster, Wisconsin where plans are being made for the Annual Smelt Fry. It is a sure sign of spring when the ice is gone from the lake and fishing boats can leave the harbor in search of smelt and whitefish. On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Herbster Community Club will once again host the Smelt Fry at the Historic Log Gym, 86870 Lenawee Rd., Herbster, Wisconsin. The delicious food is served from 3-7:00 p.m. including fish from Halvorson Fisheries and Captain Ken’s Firehouse Beans. Admissions are $12/adults and $5/ages 12 and under. The dessert table consists of homemade baked goods donated by our local talented bakers. They can be enjoyed in house of taken out to eat later. When you purchase a dessert the proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund for South Shore students. One of our crowd pleasers is the door prizes which are donated by area business owners and by individuals, many of whom enjoy seeing who wins their donated prizes. Tickets are 3/$1.00 for smaller prizes and $1.00 each for the larger ones. The winners are drawn throughout the event. Thank you to those donating prizes and to the volunteers for collecting them.

We sell raffle tickets for larger prizes and the drawing is at 7:00 p.m. at the Smelt Fry. Raffle tickets cost $2 each or a book of three for $5.

The Smelt Fry is the perfect time to enjoy good food, see many friends that return to the event each year and win some really great prizes while making this important fundraiser a success again this year. The proceeds will be used for Scholarships and Community Center improvements.

The Herbster Community Club members along with other volunteers make this event possible. The Smelt Fry is sponsored by the Herbster Community Club which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises money for needs in our community.

We are confident you will enjoy our event, whichever species of fish the boats bring in. On the Friday before the event we will post the name of the entrée on Herbster Community Club Facebook and on the home page of our website,





  Herbster Community Club Smelt Fry 2015 by Roger Peck



Herbster Community Club Smelt Fry 2014 by Shirley Nelson