Contrary to is name, the lingcod is neither ling nor a cod, but rather a member of the greenling family (Hexagrammids). The fish likely got its name from early settlers due to its similarity to European ling and its cod-like white, flaky flesh.
Lingcod is native to North Pacific waters off the west coast, and can be found from the Aleutian Islands down to Baja California. Lingcod are territorial and remain close to the place of their births at depths from 30 to 1,000 feet, preferring rocky habitats and deep water structures such as shipwrecks and caves. They are voracious predators, and many grow to enormous size. Considered an ambush predator; this fish lives in deep water and devourers large fish and squid.
Lingcod have a blotchy-camouflage brown appearance with a large head and huge jaws, lined with needle sharp teeth. Although once considered an overfished species in California and Baja, strict size regulations, catch limits and shorter catch seasons have improved stocks in recent years. In fact, lingcod is mostly a bycatch of the Vermillion rockfish fishery and is not specifically targeted.
Lingcod is a mild-flavored fish has a blue-green tint when raw; however, when cooked the meat turns snow-white, presenting tender yet firm with large flakes.
April - August
Primary Product FormsWhole, H&G, Fillets
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Tender yet firm