Yelloweye Rockfish

The Yelloweye Rockfish,⁢ scientifically known as Sebastes ruberrimus, is a member of the‍ Scorpaenidae family.⁢ It’s notable for its long lifespan and⁤ brilliant coloration, which features a vibrant orange body with yellow eyes – giving rise to its common name.

Conservation⁣ Status

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the current status of the Yelloweye Rockfish is officially labeled as​ a Species of Concern. Conservation efforts include reducing fishing pressures, enforcing areas of marine conservation, and adopting careful catch-and-release policies where fishing is allowed.


Length (Average)Length ​(Range)Weight (Average)Weight (Range)Average Lifespan
22 inches16-36 inches10 lbs5-15 lbsUp⁢ to‌ 120 years


The Yelloweye Rockfish is ⁢found in the ⁤North Pacific, ranging from the ​Aleutian ⁣Islands of Alaska to⁤ Baja California in Mexico. There’s little known about ​their‍ migration patterns, but they are commonly found in similar habitats throughout their range.


Yelloweye Rockfish typically⁢ dwell in marine⁤ environments. These species thrive‍ in depth ranges of 20 to 900 meters and with temperature ranges of 3 to 15 °C.

When‍ and Where to See

Yelloweye Rockfish ⁤are found year-round‌ but are more often⁢ spotted in the spring and summer months during their ⁤prime spawning⁣ season. They’re primarily seen during‍ the day.

Best Fishing⁢ Locations

  • Fishing Grounds of Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • San Juan Islands, Washington State
  • The Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia

How to Catch

The preferred lure for catching Yelloweye Rockfish ⁢is using jigs‍ or heavy spoons. The most effective fishing techniques are ⁢bottom fishing or jigging. The‌ best time to catch these fish is during the day, particularly during the spring and summer months.

Identification Guide

Yelloweye Rockfish are recognized by their bright orange-red to yellow body, large⁤ bulbous eyes, and spiny ​dorsal fin. They’re often mistaken ‍for close relatives in the Rockfish family, but yellow eyes⁤ distinguish them.


Yelloweye Rockfish ‌are highly regarded for their firm, mild-tasting meat. It can be grilled, fried, or steamed, and ⁢pairs well with a variety of recipes. Before cooking, clean and fillet the fish carefully. Yelloweye Rockfish is high in protein and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional Information

These fish exhibit unique behaviors like solitary living⁣ and are slow-growing, late-maturing. They feed on smaller fish and invertebrates. Predators include larger fish and marine mammals. Yelloweye rockfish have become a‍ symbol of the severe impact ​of overfishing due to their drastic population decline and ‍slow recovery rate.

References and Further Reading

For further reading, refer​ to publications by ⁣the ‍NOAA and various scientific⁣ journal⁣ articles⁣ about ‌Yelloweye Rockfish. Note that prolonged physical stress from catch and release can contribute to lower survivability rates, so advocacy for careful ⁤fishing practices is vital.