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Species Information

Scientific Name:Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
Common Names:cabezon
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore
Ideal Temp:48-83°F (9-28°C)

About Cabezon

The Cabezon, Scorpaenichthys marmoratus, is a sculpin native to the Pacific coast of North America. Although the genus name translates literally as "scorpion fish," true scorpionfish, i.e., the lionfish and stonefish, belong to the related family Scorpaenidae. This species is the only known member of its genus.

The body of a cabezon is olive green, brown, reddish or grey on the dorsal side with a white or greenish belly.  They have two fins on the back and 5 soft rays on the pelvic fins.  They lack scales and have a fleshy skin flap between their nostrils. The upper preopercular spine is stout and slightly curved.  Cabezon have small teeth and a large, branched cirrus above each eye.  Cabezon is the largest of the sculpin species found in Washington waters.

They range from Sitka, Alaska, to central Baja, California. They are found from the intertidal to 76 m (250 ft) in depth.  They are demersal, solitary, and usually associated with reefs, boulders, kelp beds, or eelgrass.
Cabezon feed on crustaceans, mollusks, fish and fish eggs. Cabezon are taken as a game fish in California, however their roe is toxic to humans. Cabezon inhabit the tops of rocky ledges as opposed to rockfish and lingcod, which usually inhabit the sheer faces of these features.

Cabezon Fishing

World Record:10.43 kg (23 lb 0 oz) Juan De Fuca Strait, Washington, USA
# Fish Caught:35454 documented in database.
Earliest Record:1/1/1853 12:00:00 AM and located at 37.80000, -122.40000.
Latest Record:7/2/2022 12:00:15 PM and located at 46.90730, -124.10930.
Common Techniques:Bottom Fishing
Popular Lure Types:Bottom Rig
Fishing Spots:8 Cabezon fishing spots.

Latest Cabezon Fishing Reports and Spots

Capitola: Cabezon. - 5/28/2014 5:16:07 AM


Capitola: Cabezon 9.25. - 5/28/2014 5:15:59 AM


I-401 - 5/17/2014 1:58:38 AM

(Aprox) 31 May 1946 The I-401 is a target ship for tests of the Mark 10-3 exploder. At 1059, she sinks by the stern after being hit by two Mark- (View)

Capitola: Gorge big cabezon Surfers reef. - 5/7/2014 1:55:09 AM


Cabezon - 7/13/2022 1:12:13 PM


Fish Count 04/02/17 - 4/2/2017 3:51:20 AM

Fish Count 04/02/17 3 Boats 56 Anglers 410 Rockfish 195 Whitefish 10 Red Snapper 35 White Sea Bass 15 Sheephead 24 Lingcod 4 Sculpin 5 Cabezon   (View)

Fish Counts 03/18/17 - 3/18/2017 11:31:19 PM

Fish Counts 03/18/17 3 Boats 55 Anglers 628 Rockfish 89 Whitefish 45 Lingcod 9 Sheephead 7 Cabezon 25 Red Snapper 32 Bonito 1 Yellowtail   New H (View)

Capitola: Angelina and a short cabezon. - 1/22/2016 3:16:06 AM


Capitola: Fox with a nice cabezon for the wharf. - 5/11/2015 10:16:50 PM


Capitola: Logan and a littel cabezon. - 3/6/2015 8:36:07 PM