Frozen at Coastal. Fish of this size/quality don't last long or travel well and as a result are most often frozen. Fresh smelt, not the same in any way, are none the less a delicious local alternative. Because they're fished seasonally, you'll most often find them frozen as well. A smelt fry is a great food ritual that should be experienced at least once. Smelt fishing, if you're at all inclined is also a fun time.