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Yellowfin Menhaden

Brevoortia smithi


Illustration of a yellowfin menhaden showing important characteristics
  • Oval-shaped body that is deep and compressed
  • Single spot near top of gill cover (not followed by smaller spots)
  • Fins are golden yellow
  • Silver body with a greenish or bluish back
  • Notch in the middle of upper jaw

Similar Species: Gulf menhaden, B. patronus (have small spots trailing the prominent dark spot) 

Size: Up to 13 inches 


Found nearshore and in bays and estuaries.


Feeds by filtering phytoplankton.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles