Commonly caught by recreational harvesters off the Washington coast.
|10.72 lbs||Steven Charles Orr||Ilwaco, Pacific County||May 15, 2016|
Description and Range
Black rockfish are mottled grey and black with a black spot on the back of the spiny dorsal fin. This spot disappears as the fish grows. As adults they may have dark stripes visible on the head extending from the eye across the gill cover. The dark color on the back is often lighter on the sides and fades to nearly white on the belly. They are distinguished from other species by black mottling on the dorsal fin and a large mouth extending past the eye. This species has 8 weak head spines and lacks a symphyseal knob on the lower jaw.
Black rockfish can grow up to 69 cm (27.6 in) in length, and 5 kg (11 lbs) in weight. Maximum age is 50 years old.
Black rockfish range from the Amchitka and Kodiak islands, Alaska, to Huntington Beach in Southern California. They have been found at water depths up to 366 m (1,200 ft), but are most commonly found in waters shallower than 55 m (180 ft). This species is known to form large schools in and around kelp and artificial structures.