close up view of translucent smelt
Smelt. USFWS.

Quick Facts
Type: Fish

Diet: Carnivore: Worms, plankton

Average lifespan: Unknown

Average size: 8 in.

Average weight: 3 oz.

Did You Know?
Smelt are also called candlefish. This is because during spawning season, when they have built up large fat deposits, smelt can be caught, dried, and then burned like candles.

Last updated: November 9, 2018