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California Yellowtail

Seriola lalandi

California YellowtailNate Baker


  • Yellow forked tail
  • Dusky stripe from snout, through eye, often becomes yellowish to yellow as it continues to tail
  • Elongated, silvery body, fins often yellowish to yellow


  • Common to occasional southern California (mainly in spring and summer); uncommon to rare north to British Columbia; also south through Baja, including Gulf of California to Chile; nearly worldwide in subtropical waters


  • Commonly cruise in open water between 10-20 feet, often under kelp floats and around offshore rigs
  • Frequently from small polarized schools


  • California Yellowtail is carnivorous and feeds on┬ámackeral, sardines, anchovies, squid, crab and smelt

Interesting Facts

  • Also commonly known as Yellowtail Amberjack