|Species No||Category||Common_Name||Species Name||Length (cm)||Length_In||Notes||Graphic|
|90,310.00||Smelt||Surf Smelt||Hypomesus pretiosus||25.00||9.84||
Also called the day smelt because of the timing of its spawning runs. Inhabits the surf line, feeding on small fishes and invertebrates.
Surf smelt ride a wave onto the beach, lay and fertilize their eggs, and catch a return wave to the sea. The fry hatch approximately two weeks later during high tide.
This fish is a favorite among surf anglers. Edibility is good.
Range is from Alaska to Southern California.