Lingcod General Information

Ling cod range from northwest Alaska to San Martin Island, Baja California. Young fish can be found in bays and other quiet waters. The adults live near or at the bottom in rocky areas. They are most commonly found at depths less than 350 feet. South of Point Conception, large ling cod can be caught at deeper, at depths to 500 feet.

Ling cod weighing 15 to 20 pounds are common. A ling cod weighing 30 pounds is considered large and is 15 to 18 years old. Ling cod mature at three years old. Spawning occurs from December through March. The eggs are adhesive and stick in large masses to the rocks. The male guards the nest until the eggs hatch.

Ling cod do not travel or migrate any great distance. Adults rarely eat anything except fish and an occasional octopus or squid.

Recent Lingcod Articles & Reports

Lingcod And Rockfish Limits Pace The Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 29, 2014

(Moss Landing) While Carole Jones of Kahuna Sportifshing hasn’t heard any word on albacore tuna yet, she said anglers are catching limits of lingcod and rockfish off the Big sur Coast.

The latest trip for bottomfish yielded 44 lingcod and...

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Salmon Provide Excitement, Rockfish Provide Meat

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
August 29, 2014

(Berkeley) The East Bay charter boat community is buzzing about the recent salmon action outside the Golden Gate. Anglers are averaging a fish per rod or better depending on the day and the fish are running big with plenty of 20 plus...

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Chasing Rockfish And Lingcod With The Delta Defenders

Chasing Rockfish And Lingcod With The Delta Defenders

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 29, 2014

For years, Roger Mammon, President of the West Delta Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association (CSBA), has been asking me when I see him at protests against the peripheral tunnels and meetings at the State Capitol, “When are we...

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Tips & Tactics for Lingcod
Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the...

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Drop Shotting For Rockfish

Drop Shotting For Rockfish

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau

Drop shotting for freshwater bass has been an especially deadly technique that has been practiced for a few years now, for which a growing...

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Kayak Review: Jackson Big Tuna

Kayak Review: Jackson Big Tuna

Written By: Headwaters Fishing Team

What I experienced today was akin to courting a girl for months and upon meeting her family - oh my goodness; hot for sister! Big sister...

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