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

Incredible Striper Action Exploding In Central Bay

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
May 15, 2015

(East Bay) It’s been several years since we’ve had epic striper action inside the bay to rival the fishing that is taking place right now. In addition to the stripers, halibut are being caught and outstanding rockfish and lingcod action...

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Boaters Head To Big Sur For Big Sacks Of Lingcod And Rockfish

Written By: Dan Bacher,
May 15, 2015

(Moss Landing) Anglers are catching limits and near-limits of lingcod and rockfish on trips to the Big Sur coast.

 A Point Sur trip aboard the Kahuna on Friday, May 1, produced 72 lingcod, 154 rockfish, 35 copper rockfish and 51 vermilion...

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New Recreational Groundfish Regulations Go Into Effect - Seasons Extended!

New Recreational Groundfish Regulations Go Into Effect - Seasons Extended!

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 28, 2015

Over the past couple of months, anglers and charter boat skippers have been wondering when the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would release the official notice of changes in the groundfish season that include the...

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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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