Information & Facts

LingcodSpecies Name
(Ophiodon elongatus )

Size Range
To 152 cm (60 in or 5 ft) in length, and 59 kg (130 lbs) in weight.

State Record
61.00 lbs; Tom Nelson; San Juan Islands; July 30, 1986

Lingcod are a large and elongate species. The body is gray to brown, greenish or bluish, with darker and lighter spotting. The belly is lighter. There is a prominent whitish lateral line and the body is covered with cycloid (round) scales. The dorsal fin is long with spinous and soft-rayed parts nearly separated by a notch. The anal fin has 3 spines. The mouth is large with the upper jaw extending rearward past the eyes. Teeth are large and canine-like. The head is unscaled and there is a cirrus above the eye.

Maximum Age: 14 years for males and 20 years for females.

Find more information on Lingcod: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/bottomfish/identification/greenling/o_elongatus.html

Where to fish for Lingcod
Commonly caught off the Washington coast by commercial harvesters using otter-trawls, handline jig, and longline gear. Commonly caught by recreational harvesters within Puget Sound.