Strong currents sweep over the rocky reefs of Puget Sound everyday. Camouflaged and patient, the Lingcod lays in wait to ambush its prey.
These are a true bottom-fish that lack a swim bladder and will rest in the cracks and crevasses of rocky structure. When the opportunity arises, they use their oversized fins to lunge toward their next victim, swallowing them whole with their bucket-like and toothy mouths.
Everything from Herring, Squid, Octopus, Flounder, Rockfish or Salmon is on the menu.
Searching for Lingcod areas in Puget Sound
When we are on the hunt for the perfect Lingcod habitat we look for rocky areas of the seabed. Fishing restrictions on depth keep us looking in waters less than 120 feet. Further North to the San Juan Islands and West to Sekiu and Neah Bay we find well defined rockpiles and substantial reefs. Deeper into the glacially carved-out Puget Sound, that rocky structure that houses Lingcod is more scarce and subtle. But it is there.
A Puget Sound diver will tell you that a small ledge or a single sofa-sized rock is all it takes to find a couple trophy Lingcod hanging around. Luckily we also have several artificial reefs that harbor a larger population and every spring we seem to make the most of what we have and catch some beautiful Lingcod.