Silver Surfperch


The Silver Surfperch, scientifically known as Hyperprosopon ellipticum, ⁤is a member of ​the‍ family Embiotocidae.

Conservation Status

Currently, ⁣the Silver Surfperch has not⁣ been evaluated for the International Conservation Status. Ongoing studies and population monitoring are ‌aimed at ensuring ⁣the sustainability of this ⁣species.


Average Range
Length 6 in 4-8 in
Weight 0.35 lb 0.2-0.5 lb
Average Lifespan 6 years 5-7 years


Silver Surfperch are primarily found ​along⁣ the Pacific ​Coast of North America. They ‍range from Alaska south to Baja California in Mexico.​ There are no ​identified significant migration patterns for this species.


This species thrives in ​marine or saltwater environments. They are typically found in shallow waters, but can descend to depths up ⁣to 150 feet. ‍They can survive in a variety of temperature ranges, but typically prefer cooler, temperate waters.

When and Where to See

Silver⁣ Surfperch are often found near ‍shore and are most active during the summer months. They are more prevalent during the daytime hours.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Elwha River, Washington
  • Fraser River, British Columbia
  • Monterey Bay, California
  • Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British ‌Columbia
  • Santa Monica Pier, California
  • Olympic Park, Washington

How to Catch

Silver Surfperch⁢ are omnivores and can be baited with a‍ range of natural and artificial baits including worms,‍ shrimp, clam necks and grubs. Typical fishing techniques for this surf-dwelling species include angling and bottom fishing.

Identification Guide

Silver Surfperch are oval-shaped with⁢ a silver gray⁢ color. They feature a dark blotch at the ⁤base of the pectoral fin, distinguishing them from similar species.


Silver‌ Surfperch are edible and can be prepared in⁤ a variety of​ ways including grilling and pan frying. They have a tender white​ meat with a mild, sweet flavor. Some‍ recommended dishes include lemon garlic ‌Surfperch and pan seared ⁤Surfperch with fresh herbs.

Additional Information

Silver Surfperch typically⁣ feed on a diet of zooplankton, algae‌ and smaller ⁢marine invertebrates. In‍ terms of threats, they are preyed‌ upon by larger marine predators and humans.

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