Information & Facts

Cabezon. Photo by V. OkimuraSpecies Name
(Scorpaenichthys marmoratus )

Size Range
To 99 cm (38.9 in) in length, and 6.8 kg (15 lbs) in weight.

State Record
23 lbs; Wesley S. Hunter; Straits-Dungeness, Clallam County; August 4, 1990

The body of a cabezon is olive green, brown, reddish or grey on the dorsal side with a white or greenish belly. They have two fins on the back and 5 soft rays on the pelvic fins. They lack scales and have a fleshy skin flap between their nostrils. The upper preopercular spine is stout and slightly curved. Cabezon have small teeth and a large, branched cirrus above each eye. Cabezon is the largest of the sculpin species found in Washington waters.

Find more information on Cabezon see: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/bottomfish/identification/sculpins/s_marmoratus.html

Where to fish for Cabezon
Commonly caught by recreational harvesters off the outer Washington coast and in Puget Sound.