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Species Information

Scientific Name:Ophiodon elongatus
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:36-54°F (2-12°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Jigs
World Record:37.45 kg (82 lb 9 oz) Gulf of Alaska, Homer, Alaska, USA
Other Names:Cultus cod, lingcod, ling cod, ling-cod, blue cod, green cod, buffalo cod, white cod

Ophiodon elongatus is native to the west coast of North America, from the Shumagin Islands in the Gulf of Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. Highest densities are found off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

They are found on the bottom, with most individuals occupying rocky areas at depths of 10 to 100 m (32 to 328 feet). Starting in October, lingcod migrate to nearshore spawning grounds. The males migrate first, and establish nest sites in strong current areas in rock crevices or on ledges. Spawning takes place between December and March, and females leave the nest site immediately after depositing eggs. Males actively defend the nest from predators until the eggs hatch in early March through late April.
Lingcod are voracious predators, feeding on nearly anything they can fit in their mouths, including invertebrates and many species of fish, such as herring, Clupea harengus, salmon and Pacific hake, Merluccius productus. One of their favorite foods are smaller octopuses, and they will also readily devour large rockfish.

The lingcod is a popular eating fish, and is thus prized by anglers. Though not closely related to either ling or cod, the name "lingcod" originated because it somewhat resembles those fish. The lingcod's flesh is sometimes blue-green prior to cooking.



Latest Lingcod Fishing Reports and Spots

October 6 - 10/6/2022 7:27:51 PM

Still getting our lingcod at Jurassic Park. The post October 6 appeared first on Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Fishing Charters. (View)

September 16 – Morning trip - 9/18/2022 11:12:38 AM

Nice weather for our local “lingcod only” trip. Was able to boat a big lingcod and some rockcod. Not stellar but lots of fun. The post Septembe (View)

September 17 - 9/18/2022 11:15:12 AM

Ran up the coast for our Jurassic Park trip (deep reef not fishable with the high winds) and found some nice fish. Ended up with three nice lin (View)

September 4 – Afternoon trip - 9/5/2022 11:23:57 AM

Fun fun fun local potluck trip with our post-grad students from Stanford. Lots of fish lots of laughs and great memories. Betty is determined t (View)

S F Fishing Report - 9/8/2022 7:26:21 PM

Hey Fishermen We have been busy. After the last report the salmon was doing pretty good but has slowed. I am surprised how good the halibut fis (View)

August 28 - 8/28/2022 7:27:14 PM

Headed up the coast for our Jurassic Park trip today with flat calm seas. After picking up some live bait we dropped in an immediately got ling (View)

August 24 - 8/24/2022 3:56:54 PM

Awesome local potluck trip today with flat seas and plenty of fish including Ramsey’s lingcod. The post August 24 appeared first on Monterey Ba (View)

August 17 - 8/17/2022 9:27:10 AM

This week’s weather calls for calm seas. Fishing has been very good for pacific snapper (rockcod) lingcod and halibut. Good grade of fish too. (View)

August 11 - 8/11/2022 10:06:43 PM

Back from commercial fishing and back in the saddle for charter fishing. Big day today for our friends from Scott’s Valley and Utah. Big canary (View)

August 1 - 8/1/2022 12:57:27 PM

Happy belated Christmas present to 12 yo Evan. Was supposed to fish when he was 9 but covid got in the way. Wow what a banner day today with li (View)