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." During spawning season, when they have built up large fat deposits, smelt can be caught, dried, and then burned like a candle.

Last updated: November 18, 2016