Walleye Surfperch


The Walleye Surfperch, scientifically known as ‌Hyperprosopon⁢ argenteum, is a member ⁤of the Embiotocidae family. This species of⁢ fish inhabits the eastern Pacific Ocean, specifically ​along the​ California coast.

Conservation​ Status

The current ⁣conservation status of the Walleye Surfperch falls under the category of ‘Least Concern’ as classified by the World ‍Conservation Monitoring Centre. No specific⁣ conservation efforts⁢ are⁢ known for this species, as they have a large population and are not currently facing any critical threats.


Statistic Average Range
Length 10 inches 7-13 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds 1-2 pounds
Average Lifespan 6 years


The ⁢Walleye Surfperch is native to‌ the eastern Pacific Ocean, specifically from northern Baja California to Monterey Bay, California. They show no significant migration patterns due to‍ their coastal‌ habitation.


These fish inhabit⁢ marine and brackish water ⁣types and are usually found in shallow depths of up to 45 feet. They prefer cooler ‍water temperatures of 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit.

When and Where to See

Walleye‍ Surfperch can be seen throughout the year, with increased visibility during the‍ summer⁤ months ‍due‍ to reproduction. ‍They are commonly active during​ daylight ​hours.

Best Fishing Locations

Specific Locations

  • Monterey Bay, California
  • San Francisco​ Bay, California
  • Pacific Grove, California
  • Santa Cruz,⁣ California
  • La Jolla, Baja California


Finding Walleye Surfperch usually involves fishing from the shore, in shallow waters. ⁢Look for sandy habitats, often close to‍ kelp beds.

How to Catch

The best ⁢baits for catching Walleye Surfperch include sand‌ crabs, worms, and small shrimp. ‌Techniques often used ‍include shore fishing and bottom fishing, particularly​ during daylight hours.

Identification Guide

Walleye Surfperch are silver, oval-shaped fish with large ‌eyes, and vertical black bar​ markings​ on their sides. They have ​a protruding lower jaw,‍ giving them a ‘downward-looking’ ⁢appearance.


Walleye Surfperch has a ⁢mild, sweet taste and firm texture. They are low in‍ fat and high ⁢in protein. They can be pan-fried, grilled, or included in various seafood dishes.

Additional Information

Walleye Surfperch are omnivores, feeding on a ‌variety of small invertebrates. They have a unique⁤ mating ritual that involves a ‘dance’ performed by the males. Predators include larger⁣ fish species and seabirds. They have no specific cultural or historical significance.

References and Further⁣ Reading

To gain further knowledge about‍ the​ Walleye Surfperch, interested⁢ individuals ⁣can access various scientific⁣ articles, research papers, and ‌websites detailing species-specific information