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Game Fish Species of British Columbia

Ling Cod

Ophiodon elongatus or Blue, Buffalo, Green,
Leopard, Cultus Cod

DESCRIPTION - 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.

DISTRIBUTION - 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.

BIOLOGY - 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.

RELATION 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.

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