Smelt no longer just bait

Smelt no longer just bait

Pacific smelt are back on the menu at local seafood markets for the first time in more than three years.

The small fish are more properly known as Thaleichthys pacificus, candlefish and hooligans.

On average they are 8.5 inches long, weigh 2.5 ounces, and are running between $4 and $5 a pound fresh at local markets such as NW Wild Products, Warrenton Deep Sea, Skipanon Brand Seafood and Bell Buoy of Seaside since a limited commercial fishery on the Columbia River opened Feb. 10.

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