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Ophiodon elongatus


It is not a ling, it is not a cod. A lingcod is a large species in the greenling family. They primarily inhabit in structured intertidal and subtidal zones, as well as in much deeper water where they feed on the bottom. Their long, slender body is characterized by either the brown or green colour, with orange spottings. The head is often quite large compared to the rest of the body and their jaws are lined with fang-like teeth.

Lingcod are ambush predators. They feed on crustaceans when young, but their diet changes to larger pelagic and benthic fish such as salmon and rockfish. Due to this aggressive feeding behaviour, lingcod can easily be targeted by bottom fishing with either bait or lures. Because of their teeth and the type of habitat they live in, heavy line is often needed to prevent abrasion. The most common bait used is fish pieces. Lures such as large jigs are best for jigging from a boat. In shallower water, fly fishing with large patterns is also possible.

Lingcod can grow up to over four feet. Fish caught in shallower water usually vary from one to three feet long. They are great eating fish and can be prepared by steaming, frying or grilling.