The Cabezon, ⁣Scientifically known as Scorpaenichthys marmoratus, is a ‍unique fish species in‍ the family Scorpaenidae.

Conservation Status

As per the International Union ‍for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the ‍Cabezon’s status is of “Least‌ Concern”. ⁣Various organizations and government bodies are working tirelessly to​ ensure ⁤the sustainable fishing⁣ of the species.


Length (Average / Range) 18 in⁤ / 8-30 in
Weight ‌(Average /⁤ Range) 4 lb​ / 1.5-25 lb
Average Lifespan 8-10 years


Cabezon are mainly⁣ from North Pacific, from Japan to Alaska, and south to Baja California in‌ Mexico. They do not‍ have specified migration⁢ patterns due to their⁤ preference for ‌staying on the bottom of their habitats.


Water Type Marine and Brackish
Depth Range 4-240 ft
Temperature Range 7-19 °C

When and ⁤Where to See

The best time to find ⁤cabezon is during ⁤the summer‍ months, ​when they prefer shallow⁤ waters. Mornings and evenings are the‌ best times of day.

Best ​Fishing Locations

  • Monterey Bay, California
  • Prince William⁣ Sound, Alaska
  • Puget Sound,⁣ Washington
  • Yaquina Bay, Oregon
  • Cook Inlet, Alaska
  • San Francisco⁢ Bay, California
  • Columbia River, Oregon
  • Point Reyes, California
  • Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

How ‌to Catch

Cabezon is often caught by using squid or molluscs as ​bait. Fly fishing, trolling​ and bottom​ fishing‍ techniques are ⁤effective. The best​ time to ⁤fish for cabezon is during the summer months, in the‌ early morning or late in the evening.

Identification Guide

Cabezon‌ have a ⁤broad and spiny​ head ⁢with a large mouth. They are usually dark green ⁤or brown, with a bluish or reddish tint. They‍ have⁣ fleshy flaps which make them distinct from other similar species.


Cabezon is⁤ a popular choice for many seafood dishes. Its meat is‍ firm and sweet, similar to that of​ a lobster. ⁢High in protein and low in fat, it is a healthy choice for those watching their diet. ⁢One popular recipe is Grilled Cabezon with a Lemon and Herb butter sauce.

Additional Information

Known​ to be territorial, cabezons are solitary creatures ⁤with unique feeding habits including mainly crustaceans and mollusks. Their primary ‌predators are larger ​fish and sea⁤ otters. The​ cabezon ⁢fish is culturally‌ significant to indigenous tribes of the‍ Pacific​ Northwest due‌ to its ​abundant presence‍ and unique culinary value.

References and Further Reading

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