Science: Return of the Smelts

In the shore villages of Lake Michigan, the good news grew & grew — the smelts were back. The mysterious malady that all but wiped out the Great Lakes smelts last year was still as great a mystery as ever (TIME, March 6). But a few hardy smelts survived. Last week, for the first time since the winter of 1942-43, they were again being caught in appreciable numbers.

Last year's spring catch was zero. Last week, in streams around Michigan's Green Bay and Huron's Saginaw Bay, with smelts making belated spawning runs, men, women & children dipped up hundreds with...