Long, thin bodies. Silvery blue to brown, with white belly. Light speckling.

Has an adipose fin (small fin on upper back, between tail and dorsal fin).

Also known as Oolichan, Hooligan and Candlefish, Eulachon have small, but recognizable physical differences from other Smelt including pelvic fins located to the front of the dorsal fin.


15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches).


85 to 115 grams (3 to 4 ounces)


Alaska to Northern California. In B.C., they are widespread but specific locations are hard to predict.


Typically caught with dip nets.


Very oily. Are often brined, smoked or fried. Occasionally eaten whole.


Strict regulations are in effect due to declining numbers.

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