noun, plural topsmelts (especially collectively) topsmelt.
a silversides, Atherinops affinis, of waters along the Pacific coast of North America: valued as a food fish.
Also called baysmelt.

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Fish such as topsmelt, goby, killifish and perch thrive in low to moderately salty waters.
Additionally, fishers may eat topsmelt as whole bodies.
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