Redstripe Rockfish


In the oceanic deep‌ resides a colorful creature ⁢of the deep, known as ⁤the Redstripe Rockfish (Sebastes proriger). This member of the Scorpaenidae ‌family is greatly ​appreciated by anglers and seafood enthusiasts.

Conservation Status

The⁢ Redstripe Rockfish is classified ‍as ‘Least Concern’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. Conservation efforts⁤ focus mainly on regulating fishing activities to ensure the sustainability of⁢ the population.


Category Average Range
Length 35 cm 20-50 cm
Weight 1.2 kg 0.5-2 kg
Lifespan 50 years


The Redstripe Rockfish is native to the northeastern Pacific Ocean, from the Gulf‌ of Alaska to ⁤central ⁢Baja California. They are non-migratory, staying mainly in their home ranges.


Being a deep-water fish, the Redstripe Rockfish is typically found in saltwater, between depths of 30 and 400 meters. They can adequately adjust to ‌a wide range of water temperatures.

When and Where to See

While ⁤no specific​ seasonal occurrences are noted, the Redstripe Rockfish can be commonly ⁤seen during the day, lying dormant on rocky reefs and underwater structures.

Best Fishing Locations

Prime locations for catching Redstripe Rockfish include:

  • Shelikof Strait, Alaska
  • Chignik, Alaska
  • Bering Sea, Alaska
  • Eastern Gulf of Alaska
  • Johnstone Strait, British ​Columbia
  • Queen Charlotte Sound, ​British Columbia
  • Monterey Bay, California
  • Half ‌Moon Bay, California
  • Santa Cruz, California
  • San Diego,‍ California

General Tips

Look for areas with rocky structures⁤ or in deep⁤ waters. Use a bottom fishing technique ⁣with strong fishing lines as these rockfish can put up quite a fight.

How to ⁤Catch

The preferred bait for these rockfish are squid, ⁢shrimp, ⁤or smaller fish like sardines or mackerels. Trolling close to the seafloor, using downriggers, can yield successful catches.

Identification Guide

The Redstripe Rockfish has a ⁣slender,​ elongated body with a spiny dorsal fin. They have ⁣a red-orange stripe running from the ⁤head to the tail, and the rest ⁤of the body is​ a⁣ deep, dusky red. This distinguishes them from their closely‌ related cousins, the Yelloweye Rockfish which⁢ possess ⁣a yellow eye and are more orange in color.


How to Cook

It is best to grill or pan sear these fish after marinating them in citrus-based marinades. The ⁢meat has a delicate, ‍flaky texture ‍which is⁢ cherished by many seafood enthusiasts.

Taste Profile

The flesh of​ the ‍Redstripe Rockfish is mild​ and subtly sweet with a⁤ hint of nuttiness, leading to a unique, pleasant taste.

Additional Information

Being a⁣ relatively deep-dwelling species, the Redstripe Rockfish has a diet mainly composed of shrimps and krills, along with small fish. Predators include larger fish, marine mammals, and seabirds. Due to their attractive colors and unparalleled​ taste, these rockfish also face a significant threat from‍ overfishing.

References and Further Reading

You can explore more about Redstripe Rockfish at these recommended sources:


California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Pacific Fishery ‍Management Council