Rock Cod Fishing in Bodega Bay Opens for 2011
Rock Cod Fishing
The California Department of Fish and Game announced that rock fishing off Bodega bay opened on June 11th. The scheduled opening date was originally June 13th. Sport Anglers can look forward to a rock fish season that lasts through December, creating an extended period compared to recent years.
Bodega Bay is a great place to go fishing for many different types of fish. If you are from out of the State, or just coming from warmer inland areas like Sacramento, Bodega Bay is a great choice for sport fishing. Bodega Bay lies in the “North-Central South of Point Arena” Management Area of the Department of Fish and Game.
There are many Fishing Charters in Bodega Bay that take out several people at a time for different types of fishing. This article is hosted by a Vacation Rental in Bodega Bay called LuxuryBodega.com and we have Links to the Fishing Charters in Bodega Bay under our Resources tab in the main menu. These fishing charters take people out to catch Rock Cod, salmon, halibut, and crab. There are many species of Rock Cod, and it is important to know which species are safe to keep, and which are endangered. Under the 2011 Department of Fish and Game regulations.
Sport fishermen can take 10 Rock Cod per day. Of the 10 fish a fisherman catches in a day they can only keep 2 Cabezon, 2 Kelp Greenlings (or Rock Greenlings) and 2 Bocaccio. Limits on Lingcod are 2 fish per day and minimum size is 24 inches measured from the tip of the head to the tip of the tail (total length).
All Rock fish must be caught in waters less than 120 feet of depth. Rock Fish like to hang out around underwater structures, such as rocky outcropping or sea mounts. Sometimes Lingcod can be found cruising over sandy bottoms, but it is a much better idea to use your sonar to find quality bottom structure.
Endangered Species of Rock Cod
One important species that may not be retained is the Yelloweye or “Red” Rock Cod. In Alaska they are called Goldeneye Rockfish. They are usually red or orange-red in color and are also identified with a spiny space between the eyes, black edges on all the fins, a rounded tail fin, and golden-yellow eyes. The juveniles of Goldeneye Rockfish have two horizontal white stripes that fade with age.
Canary Rockfish are also under the protection of the Department of Fish and Game.
Proper Release of Rockfish with Barotrauma
If a Canary Rockfish or Yelloweye Rockfish is caught it is important to properly release the fish to ensure its survival.
According to the Department of Fish and Game rock fish release web page the proper release of a rockfish with barotrauma can be obtained through one of two methods. The first method involves the use a 60 foot rope and an upside down milk crate to force the fish down to the depths. The second method is a technique that involves a specialized barbless hook and weight. This is a tool that every sport fisherman should have on board to prevent killing rock fish. Check out this website from Shelton Products to learn more about this hook method. You can also create your own method as long as you do not hurt the fish.