Say Ahhhhhh – Ling Cod Is Open!

Ling Cod fishing on Vancouver Island

You might have started seeing all these ugly fish showing up in your social feed from your fishing friends, right? Well that’s because ling cod opened on May 1 in many fisheries (see the notice at the end of this article). Have you gone out? Ling cod is a fairly easy fish to catch—you just need to know where to look. Make sure you pick up the May issue of our print magazine, there’s a great article in there that gives you lots of tips on how to find them with your electronics. The thing is, once they are gone, they are gone. Ling cod are not migratory, they pick a spot until they are caught or muscled out.

Ling is terribly delicious fish. It does well battered and deep-fried, broiling, steaming, baking, or pan frying. Sure, you can cover it with all kinds of seasoning and breading, like parmesan cheese—heck you can even dip it in pancake batter for deep frying, but much like halibut, it does well on it’s own with a little butter and lemon. It’s a sweet, white-fleshed fish (sometimes starts out green), and is perfect any way you like it. Try just pan frying in butter with garlic and this basic sauce, easy enough to have on hand during a camping trip.

Lemon-Garlic Wine Sauce
1 Cup white wine
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced onion
½ Cup butter
½ Lemon
Salt & pepper to taste

Melt the butter in the pan and slowly brown. Add the wine, garlic, shallot and bring to high heat to burn off the alcohol. Lower the heat and reduce the mixture. Add the lemon juice and some zest, then S&P to taste.

Below you’ll find the DFO notice. Happy ling cod fishing!


Subject: FN0343-RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish – Lingcod and Rockfish – Areas 12 to 20 and 29 – Open Times and Limits for May 1, 2018

LINGCOD
Effective at 00:01 hours May 1 to 23:59 hours September 30, 2018 fishing for lingcod will open in the following areas:

Areas: 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 13 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
Daily limit: one (1)
Possession limit: two (2)
Size limit: 65cm
Annual limit: ten (10)
Gear: Angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving.

Areas 28 and 29 (except of Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for lingcod, this includes catch and release.

ROCKFISH (Rockfish and Yelloweye Rockfish in the aggregate):
Effective at 00:01 hours May 1 to 23:59 hours September 30, 2018 fishing for rockfish will open in the following areas:

Areas: 12 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5
Daily limit: one (1)
Possession limit: two (2)
No size limit or annual limit is in effect.
Gear: angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving.

Areas 28 and 29 (except of Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for rockfish, this includes catch and release.

VARIATION ORDERS: 2018-RCT-0124 and 2018-RFQ-0125

Rockfish Conservation Areas are currently in effect and are closed to all fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Rockfish conservation and descender devices: We encourage the use of a weighted barbless hook or other descender device to return incidental rockfish catch to the water at an appropriate depth to reduce barotrauma and mortality; when handling fish use wet hands and reduce time at the surface to minimise harm to the fish. Consider moving to another location if rockfish are encountered and not being fished.

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24-hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866) 431-FISH (3474).

For more information contact your local DFO office at:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/locations-bureaux-eng.htm

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0343
Sent April 30, 2018 at 08:34
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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