Lingcod are unique to the west coast of the United States and fairly common in the Pacific Northwest. They are often bottom dwelling fish, ranging in depths from 10 to 100 meters. Females mature between the ages of 3 and 5 years, while males mature earlier at age 2. Males live up to about 14 years, while females extend their lives to about 20 years. The female species in fact grows larger than the male, reaching a maximum size of about 120 cm. The male peaks out around 90 cm (almost 3 feet). These fish can be big, intimidating predators that feed on many types of invertebrates such as small octopuses, but also enjoy different types of rockfish. Lingcod are prey to many types of marine mammals including harbor seals (and the less than marine mammals – humans).
To ensure that the Lingcod population continues to prosper in the Puget Sound area, be sure to double-check the Washington state fishing laws ahead of the start of fishing season. Where and when you can fish for Lingcod varies from county to county so check the local information to make sure there is a healthy population before you fish.