The Pacific cod is usually caught in waters deeper than 60 ft up to 1800 ft in depth.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A PACIFIC COD
It is a slightly smaller, but close relative of the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Both are members of the true cod family (Gadidae) having three separate and distinct dorsal fins, two anal fins, and a single barbel under the chin. All the fins are soft-rayed and the chin barbel is at least as long as the diameter of the eye. The scales are small and cycloid. Coloration ranges from gray to brown dorsally, lightening on the sides and belly. There are numerous brown spots on the sides and back. All of the fins are a dusky brown color and the unpaired fins are edged with white on their outer margins (especially obvious on the caudal and anal fins).The largest Pacific cod ever commercially caught reportedly weighed at least 40 lbs with a length of 3 ft 9 in, however the average size for this species is considerably smaller at roughly 20-25 inches in length and weighing about 5-10 lbs.
WHERE TO CATCH PACIFIC COD
The Pacific cod occurs along the U.S. Pacific coast from Santa Monica, California to northwestern Alaska, and in Asia from the Chukchi Sea to the Yellow Sea and Lushun (Port Arthur), China. It is a common species off the U.S. northwest coast (Oregon, Washington and Alaska) and is most abundant during their annual spawning time (winter and early spring) in coastal waters. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish:
COASTAL WATERS REEFS, WRECKS, AND SHOALS
DEEP SHORE WATER ROCKY SEA FLOOR
HOW TO CATCH PACIFIC COD
An excellent food fish and highly rated sport fish, the Pacific cod is usually taken by anglers using whole fish or cut bait dropped on the ocean bottom from a drifting or anchored boat. Cod have large mouths, so hook size may vary, but the bait need not be large. Besides whole and cut bait, other good baits include strip baits of squid, fish, crabs, sand eels, and capelin. Artificial lures such as chrome diamond jigs, spinners, bucktails, spoons, and shiny metal squids may also be used. The following are fishing methods used to catch this fish:
DRIFT FISHING STILL FISHING
SALTWATER JIGGING BOTTOM BOUNCING
PACIFIC COD LURES, TACKLE & BAIT
The following are lures, tackle or bait that can be used to catch this fish:
CLAMS JIGS SPOONS CUT BAIT SQUID
SALTWATER LIVE BAIT