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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 78.0° F  Mostly Cloudy

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The smelt chronicles! The spring fish fry season is in full swing

It's that time of year again " the smelt are running. If you're from Wisconsin, you know it's pronounced shmelt, not smelt. Once upon a time, smelt fries were found almost everywhere this time of year, from the VFW to the Eagles to the supper clubs, and they brought people out en masse. >More
 Shining examples of fish fries within a half-hour's drive of Madison

While there are plenty of great fish fries right here in Madison, outside the city limits the ritual takes on a whole new meaning. In small towns around the state the Friday tradition runs deep; the community comes together to dine, drink, laugh and live the fry life. These fish fries demonstrate the greatness small towns have to offer, and all are within 30 minutes or so of Madison. >More
 Walleye is the king of Friday fish fry in Madison

Walleye is a special fish in Wisconsin, and Madison is no exception. Unlike some of the other local species, walleye is well represented around town with several topnotch options to choose from. While the fabulous freshwater fish tends to carry a heftier-than-average price tag (usually in the $12-$20 range), it is typically worth the payoff as you get more meat for your money. >More
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