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Bottomfish Identification: Rockfish

Redstripe Rockfish
Sebastes proriger

Occasionally caught off the Washington coast by commercial otter-trawls and longline gear. Rarely caught by recreational harvesters within Puget Sound.  Recreational harvest within Puget Sound has been closed.  See the Sportfishing Regulation Pamphlet.

Description: The body of redstripe rockfish is elongate with reduced dorsal spines. Underwater they are dorsally red, pink or tan with pink or yellowish sides and light-colored fin rays.  Once captured their body appears more red in color.  They have a black, forward-directed symphyseal knob on their lower jaw, darkened lips, and several green stripes radiating from the eye.  This species has a lateral line that forms a clear, distinct stripe that usually appears pink or red.  The anterior part of the lower jaw is olive or black and a series of dark horizontal streaks may be found along the caudal fin. They have a very shallow notch in the dorsal fin.

Maximum Size: To 51 cm (20.4 in) in length.

Maximum Age:  At least 55 years old.

Range/Habitat: Redstripe rockfish range from the Bering Sea and Amchitka Island, Alaska, to southern Baja California. They are found at water depths from 12 to 425 m (40-1,403 ft) and are most commonly found between 150 and 275 m (495-908 ft). This species usually lives over high-relief, rugged bottoms and may form dense schools that rise off the bottom during the day and disperse at night.


  • Kramer, D. E., and V.M.  O'Connell, 1995. Guide to northeast Pacific rockfishes: genera Sebastes and Sebastolobus. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska.
  • Love, M. S., M. Yoklavich, and L. Thorsteinson, 2002. The rockfishes of the northeast Pacific. University of California Press.