Lingcod are the most elusive of our Alaska saltwater fish but we know just where to find them. It’s not a long ride to the lingcod grounds beginning in July when the season opens. It’s only about 30- to 40 minutes for us to head out to Shelikof Strait where we jig for these toothy deep-dwelling denizens. The average size lingcod we fish ranges from 15- to 25 pounds and we see Alaska lingcod upwards of 40 pounds every year. In recent years the lingcod fishing has been steadily increasing in both numbers of fish and average size. Jigging Savage jigs, swim baits or live bait is a hoot on our 7-foot Rogue rods with Shimano Tekota reels. If the tide isn’t pushing that hard we can break out lighter tackle to increase the excitement of the fight even more. We’re known to bring up some big halibut while we are out targeting Alaska lings so don’t be surprised when some of these fleshy beasts show up on the jig too when targeting lingcod. This fishery is available from the season opening until we close the lodge for the season.
Rockfish are another bottom fish we target in addition to Alaska lingcod and they are known to be absolutely delicious. We can bring in a couple yelloweye while we are catching and keep other rockfish, but since yelloweye are one slow-growing species we are gentle on the resource. Still there is an abundance of other rockfish like to target including black bass that will make delicious meals in your future. We fish rockfish similarly to how we fish Alaska lingcod using a jigging method and take the bait size down accordingly. When we get into a solid school of rockfish on our known rocky ledges, the action can be non stop.