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

The Beat Goes On – Lingcod And Rockfish Limits

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 28, 2014

(Moss Landing) If you like limits of big lingcod and rockfish, head out on a trip down the beautiful Monterey County coast to Point Sur.

“Today's rockfish trip to Point Sur produced once-again epic fishing for lingcod and rockfish,”...

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Crowds Get Lighter Despite Outstanding Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
October 19, 2014

(Berkeley) October is always a strange month for S.F. Bay/Golden Gate charter boats. The fishing is typically outstanding, yet crowds are light as anglers turn their attention to river salmon, Delta stripers and fall hunting...

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Lingcod And Rockfish On The Munch Off Point Sur

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 16, 2014

(Moss Landing) Lingcod and rockfish action continues to be excellent off Point Sur. Salmon season ended south of Pigeon Point on October 5, while the albacore haven’t appeared in local offshore waters yet.

The latest bottomfish adventure...

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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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