Top Smelt -  Atherinops affinis (Silversides)

Finfish  <<  Top Smelt

Monterey Fish Market Seafood Index photograph of Top Smelt,  Atherinops affinis  (Silversides)


California to Alaska


Year-round, dependent on moon cycles

Method of Capture:

Dipnet, Seine

Sustainability Consideration:

This is a very small commercial 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