One of the most notable features of this
fish is its great, gaping mouth with a
projecting lower jaw and numerous sharp
teeth. The largest individual on record
is 152 cm in length and weighing 36.3
kg. The colouring is typically bold, mottled
colors in shades of brown, grey or green.
- Lingcods can be found all along the
western coast of North America but the
greatest abundance occurs in the region
off of British Columbia. They generally
prefer to inhabit rocky areas or the edge
of underwater reefs.
- Spawning occurs in January and February
where the female lays 150 000-500 000
eggs then leaves immediately, the male
then takes up the role of guardian. Adult
lingcod prey on a variety of fish and
have been known to be cannibalistic.
TO MAN - As well as being taken by
sport and commercial fishermen, scuba
divers take a substantial number of this
fish. The flesh is quite tasty and turns
white when cooked.