Smelt

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).

  
Smelt are small, schooling fish usually caught using dipnets to scoop them out of surf along beaches and the shore.

Length

15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches).

Weight

85 to 115 grams (3 to 4 ounces)

Habitat

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

Fishing

Typically caught with dip nets.

Cooking

Rich in oils. Pan frying and deep frying in batter are popular.

Notices

Strict regulations are in effect due to declining numbers of Eulachon.

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