Top Smelt

Atherinops affinis (Silversides)

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Top Smelt


California to Alaska


Year-round, dependant on moon cycles

Method of Capture:

Dip Net, Seine

Sustainability Consideration:

This is a very small commerciall fishery.

Size Range:

5 to 8 inches

Flavor and Texture:

Mild and rich sole-like flavor with a soft, delicate texture and slight crunch to the bones

Cooking Tips:

fry, sauté, smoke