• Primarily bottom, drift fishing over rocks and reefs.
  • Once your rig has been lowered to the bottom, jig it up and down to try and stay off the bottom (thereby preventing snags).

Tackle & Equipment

Use a medium-heavy to heavy boat rod with roller tip (about 6-7 feet) and a 6/0 or 4/0 ocean reel that holds 300 yards of 30-50 lb monofilament line.

Other Equipment (General): You should bring along a gaff (the fish is too wild for most nets), a fish billy (you will need to knock out the fish), and a pair of needle nose pliers (to extract the hook).

Bait & Rigging

Common bait and lure for lingcod include:

  • Chrome hex bar (6-15 oz) with treble hook.
  • Lead-head bucktail jig with a pork trailer (e.g. 5 inch pork rind).
  • Live or fresh sanddab, rockfish or squid bait (7-10 inches long) on a two hook rig. One hook goes through the bait fish’s lips, and the other hook goes into the side of the bait fish near the tail.



Best Bets

Try using an electronic fish finder to locate high rock pinnacles and irregular edges of reefs that drop off rapidly to deeper water. Position your boat to drift along these areas.

Best fishing spots include the Northern California Coast from Monterey to the Oregon border, especially off the Golden Gate, the Farallon Island chain, Fanny Shoals and Cordell Beach.