Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
That's hardly fair.
We fish for smelt that way in the Northwest. Usually we use a dip net. Your limit is how many gallons up the side of a 5 gallon bucket is acceptable that year. You just scooped until you've got your limit.
When I was a boy scout, decades and decades ago, we would catch smelt in the creeks running in Lake superior and it was a big fundraiser for us to have a smelt feed. indyjonesouthere