AP PHOTOS: Lithuanians get good vibrations fishing for smelt

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman checks a net during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some 120 kilome...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen put smelt in a box during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some 120 ki...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman pulls a sleds with fishing gear to attend a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusia...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman fries freshly caught smelt during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake s...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen pull out a net with catch during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman takes money as he sells a freshly caught smelt during a traditional winter smelt fish festi...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman sells a freshly caught smelt during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen prepare a net at a hole during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some 1...
In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen pull out a net with catch during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman checks a net during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some 120 kilome...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen put smelt in a box during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some 120 ki...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman pulls a sleds with fishing gear to attend a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusia...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman fries freshly caught smelt during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake s...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen pull out a net with catch during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman takes money as he sells a freshly caught smelt during a traditional winter smelt fish festi...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, a fisherman sells a freshly caught smelt during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen prepare a net at a hole during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some 1...

In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, fishermen pull out a net with catch during a traditional winter smelt fish festival on Lusiai lake some...

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Winter in Lithuania means spending weekends on frozen lakes while trying to attract a silvery fish that smells like fresh cucumber.

Lithuanians love smelt and use vibrations to lure the small, slippery creature into nets through fishing holes drilled through the ice.

Two smelt-fishing commemorative coins were issued last month by the central bank of the country that is sandwiched between Belarus, Latvia, Poland and Russia's Kaliningrad region.

Standing on Lusiai Lake north of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, smelt-seeker Nerijus Grusnius says it's been a good season for fishing this year.

Reviving traditional smelt fishing methods, people in Lithuania sing and hammer the ice with wooden mallets to create the enticing vibrations.

The ice covering the lake must be at least 16 centimeters (6.4 inches) thick for people to navigate safely while loaded down with fishing gear. Last week, it reached 22 centimeters, or 8.8 inches.

"It was a bliss," Grusnius said.