How to identify a Lingcod
It is recognized by a combination of characteristics. The mouth is large and slightly upward directed with a protruding lower jaw; the maxillae (upper jawbones) extend back beyond the posterior margin of the eyes. The large canine teeth are responsible for the genus name Ophiodon, derived from the Greek words ophis (snake) and odons (tooth). There is a single, continuous dorsal fin with a dip between the spiny anterior portions and soft- rayed posterior part. The pectoral fins are large and fan-like. The head and body are covered with small, smooth, cycloid scales, giving the fish a smooth look. Color is highly variable with habitat and may be almost any shade of brown, black, gray, blue or green with darker mottling.
Where to catch Lingcod
The lingcod is endemic to the eastern Pacific Ocean from Point San Carlos, Baja California, Mexico, north to Kodiak Island, Alaska. Juveniles may be caught near kelp beds and rocky areas. Adults tend to remain in deeper water, and have been taken as deep as 1,381 ft. (421 m), although they are most common at depths of less than 350 ft. (106 m). The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: