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.
|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|
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