Redbanded rockfish (Sebastes babcocki)

Category: Fish
Related species groups: Rockfish

Occasionally caught off the Washington coast by commercial harvesters using otter-trawls and longline gear. Rarely caught by recreational harvesters within Puget Sound.

Description and Range

Physical description

Redbanded rockfish are a deep-bodied fish with a rounded head. Underwater they appear white or light pink with four darker red or orange vertical bars on the body (one on the caudal peduncle). The bars tend to be more prominent on smaller fish. The first bar extends from the front of the first dorsal fin to the base of the pectoral fin. They have two oblique bands crossing their heads, one extending backward from the eye and the other near the upper jaw. Underwater and after capture some redbanded rockfish have black coloration on the dorsal, pectoral and anal fin rays. After capture the body appears light pink to red and the bands are usually red.

Redbanded rockfish can grow up to 65.5 cm (25.5 in) in length. Maximum age is at least 106 years.

Geographic range

Redbanded rockfish range from the Bering Sea and Amchitka Island, Alaska, to San Diego, California. They are found at water depths from 49 to 625 m (162-2,063 ft). They are generally associated with hard bottoms where they shelter in crevices and amongst boulders.


Rules and seasons

Recreational harvest within Puget Sound has been closed.

State record

WeightAnglerLocationDate Caught
17.85 lbs Darryl Roberts LaPush, Clallam County May 2, 2019

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