Stripetail Rockfish


Stripetail Rockfish​ belong to the Scorpaenidae family, which‍ cover a ⁣diverse range of species known commonly as scorpionfish. They boast a dynamic‍ and colorful appearance, depicting a ⁤vivid ‍picture of underwater biodiversity.

Conservation Status

While Stripetail⁢ Rockfish are not ‍currently classified as ‍threatened, excessive ‌fishing may ⁤impose⁤ future risks. Conservation efforts​ currently include managing fishing quotas and encouraging ‍sustainable catch methods.


A​ table providing a⁣ summary of key⁣ statistics⁣ related‍ to the Stripetail Rockfish is presented below:

Attribute Average Range
Length 20 ⁢inches 15-30 inches
Weight 6​ lbs 4-9 lbs
Average Lifespan 25 years N/A


Stripetail Rockfish are native to‌ the northeastern Pacific, especially coastal regions around Japan and the Bering Sea.⁢ They ⁣have also been found‌ along North American coastlines from⁢ Alaska to California.


Favoring rocky subtidal areas, Stripetail Rockfish can be found at a depth range of 100 ‌to ‍200 meters. They thrive best‌ in cooler ​water temperature ranges from⁤ 45°F to 55°F.

When and Where to See

Stripetail Rockfish can be readily observed⁢ during ​the ⁢summer months when water temperatures are‍ slightly warmer. They are ‍generally more active during the day, ⁤making this the optimum timeframe for viewing or fishing.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Bering Sea, Alaska
  • Pacific coast of Honshu, Japan
  • Monterey Bay,⁣ California
  • Puget Sound,⁤ Washington
  • Hecate Strait, Canada
  • Gulf of⁣ Alaska
  • Aleutian Islands, Alaska
  • Vancouver Island, Canada
  • Shelikof Strait, ‍Alaska
  • Queen Charlotte Sound, Canada

How‍ to Catch

Live bait such ‍as sea ⁢worms⁢ or squid are preferred by the Stripetail Rockfish. Techniques such as bottom fishing near rock‌ formations are⁣ most effective in catching this species.

Identification Guide

Stripetail Rockfish are characterized by their reddish to ​orange-brown bodies, with dark patches. They have strong spines, high gill covers, and‍ a deeply forked tail, distinguishing them from similar species.


Stripetail Rockfish are prized for ⁤their⁢ firm, mildly sweet ⁤flesh. They can be grilled, fried, or baked and serve ​as a good source of ⁢protein and ⁤Omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional⁢ Information

Stripetail Rockfish‍ are known to be nocturnally active, resting in rocky⁤ areas during the day. They feed ⁤on zooplankton, crustaceans, squid, and small fish. Predators ⁣of the Stripetail Rockfish include ⁣larger⁢ fish species and marine mammals.

References and Further Reading