Lingcod and Rockfish Fishing in Alaska
Lingcod average about 25 pounds and are known to exceed 80 pounds. Despite their gruesome appearance they are excellent eating.
Current Alaska Fish and Game regulations allow anglers to keep one lingcod annually that must be between 30 and 35 inches and one lingcod annually over 55 inches.
The Rockfish family contains many different species widely distributed throughout the North Pacific. A dozen species are commonly caught in our area with the most popular being the Yelloweye Rockfish.
Yelloweyes are often called red snapper due to their large size and bright orange coloration. They average ten pounds but can exceed thirty pounds. All rockfish are slow growing long lived denizens of reefs and pinnacles. They are all very aggressive predators, attacking jigs on the bottom or slamming lures cast to surface feeding schools.
All rockfish are excellent eating though the larger size of Yelloweye make them preferable.
Current Alaska Fish and Game regulations allow anglers to keep one Yelloweye annually and/or one dermersal rockfish daily. Southeast Alaska is closed to taking demersal rockfish August 1 - August 21, 2019. Five pelagic rockfish may be kept per day.
Due to the difficulty in consistently catching legal sized Lingcod without injuring demersal rockfish I have curtailed the lingcod fishery aboard the Stoic to incidental catches fishing for Yelloweye/demersal Rockfish and while trolling for King Salmon. Harsh enforcement and punishment has made fishing for Lingcod and rockfish a risky endeavor for charter boat operators.
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