What’s the Best Way to Catch Lingcod?

What’s the Best Way to Catch Lingcod?

Timing is everything when it comes to Alaskan fishing vacations. Here on Kodiak Island, all you really need to do is decide what type of fish you like best, and we’ll tell you when to catch them.

If your answer is lingcod, well, keep on reading. We’ll run you through some of the frequently asked questions we get to help plan your trip. Otherwise, read about salmon and halibut.

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What is lingcod?

Lingcod is a bottom-dwelling fish that stays local to one area (they don’t migrate like other types of fish). They usually live in rock crevices, but they’re not a type of rockfish. They have a uniquely terrifying appearance and a mouthful of sharp teeth that make them an interesting trophy.

Lingcod are similar to halibut, and you fish for them in the same way. You might even experience a “ride along,” where a lingcod will grab another fish on a line and follow it up all the way to the top. One of our guests once caught a 45lb lingcod this way – you never know what can happen!

Where is the best place to catch lingcod?

Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge is based on the southeast side of beautiful Old Harbor, Alaska. It’s tucked away behind Sitkalidak Island, which makes it home to the best fishing in the world. We have a lot of baitfish, including candlefish and herring, which means the water is very productive for salmon, halibut and lingcod. The best way to get here is to take a light plane from Anchorage, Alaska.

How to catch lingcod?

As we said at the beginning, the first step to catching fish is to get the timing right. Lingcod are in season in Old Harbor from July, and they’re usually available until the end of the summer.

They’re technically a reef fish, because they’re attracted to well-protected structures like rocks, and you can find large ones lurking in relatively shallow waters. They’re an aggressive fish, which means they’re relatively easy to catch. You might find yourself reeling one in by mistake if you’re looking for other bottom-dwellers like rockfish or halibut. They’re attracted to the same lures.

As far as bait is concerned, smaller live fish work best (remember what we told you about the ride alongs?). However, they’re not a picky fish. You’ll also need a sturdy fishing pole!

Are lingcod good to eat?

They’re also great eating. The classic comment about them is that, “they’re ugly, but they taste great.” Lingcods have lean white flesh with a mild flavor, a medium texture and large flakes. When they’re raw, they sometimes have a green shimmer, but once its cooked it turns beautifully white.

What else should I know about lingcod?

Lingcod limits are low, and populations have a difficult time rebuilding if too many are caught, so it’s important to be fish responsibly. Read Southeast Alaska’s sport fishing regulations here.

What are the rates for a lingcod fishing trip?

Kodiak Island is a beautiful place, teeming with wildlife. It’s the second-largest island in the United States, but it only has seven communities, so it’s very remote. We offer a variety of packages that include the full lodge experience, all the gear you need, and fresh local cuisine mad by our chefs. Our trips range in length from 3-6 full days, with an extra night to rest before you travel home. Rates range between $3,300 per person (3 days/4 nights) to $5,600 per person (6 days/7 nights).

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