The‌ Skilfish, or “Erilepis zonifer”, is a marine species belonging to‍ the Anoplopomatidae family. This ‍deep ⁢sea creature ⁣is found mostly in the northern Pacific regions and can grow up to a⁢ significant size.

Conservation Status

Currently,⁤ the Skilfish has ⁣not been categorized by‍ the‍ International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due ⁢to insufficient⁤ data about the ‌population. Conservation efforts are not actively ⁣organized because ⁢detailed⁤ information about this species is relatively unknown.


Average Length 5 feet
Length Range 2.5–6 feet
Average Weight 60 pounds
Weight Range 20–220 pounds
Average Lifespan Up to 20 years


As the Cayuga Inlet ⁣in Alaska ‌and the⁤ Sea of Okhotsk to the east of Russia,⁤ Skilfish have been​ reported to inhabit the ‌far reaches of the⁢ Pacific Ocean.

Migratory Patterns

Details regarding the migration patterns of ‍Skilfish are‍ not clearly known ‌due to the deep and isolated habitats of this species.


Skilfish inhabit deep, cold ocean water and prefer rocky bottom environments.

  • Water Type: Saltwater
  • Depth Range: Typically ​found below ⁢600 feet
  • Temperature Range: Prefers​ cold waters

When and Where ⁢to See

Skilfish are ​not typically seen due‌ to‍ their deep⁢ sea environment. The precise seasonal behavior of Skilfish is ‍not confirmed, but it is widely accepted⁢ that they are present throughout the year.

Best Fishing Locations and ⁤Methods

Skilfish​ can be ​quite ‍challenging to⁢ locate given their deep sea habitats. Here are ‍some generally accepted tips:

  • Fishing vessels often target ‍deep, cold waters off the‍ coast of Alaska.
  • Deep-drop fishing methods⁢ are recommended due to the typical depth of Skilfish habitats.
  • Common bait used by fishermen includes mackerel and squid.

Identification Guide

Skilfish possess a ​unique, elongated body shape with a round cross-section. They‍ are generally dark brown⁣ to‌ black ⁢in color. Compared to the similar sablefish, the Skilfish is generally larger and​ stouter.


Skilfish meat is known for its oil-rich, flavorful taste which has‍ a delicate texture. It can ​be used ‍in‍ various gourmet⁤ preparations and pairs ‌well with herbs, lemon, and butter.

Nutritional Information

Skilfish is a good source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, similar to other deep sea fish. Specific ‍nutritional content is not known⁣ due to the fish’s relative rarity.

Additional Information


The feeding habits of Skilfish are⁣ not well-studied, but they are believed to prey‌ on small fish and squids ​in their deep-sea habitats.

Predators and Threats

Natural predators of the Skilfish are largely unknown due‍ to their deep sea habitat,‌ but may include larger oceanic‌ predators.

Cultural/Historical Significance

Although not particularly ⁤well-known, Skilfish have been part of ‍local northern Pacific communities’ diets and ⁢culture.

References and Further Reading