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Canary Rockfish
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Science Name: Sebastes pinniger
Other Names: red snapper, fantail, canary, orange rockfish
World Record: 30 inches
Environment: Deep Rocky Environment

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fishon | Posted: July 8, 2008

I go rock fishing several times a year. It makes me mad that if you accidently hook one of these nice fish, you are not allowed to keep it. I mean, im not out there targeting this specific species. And when you do accidently get one, you have to throw it back....stomach and eyes sticking out....floating on the top of the water, then the gulls swoop down and start eating the fish before its even dead. Doesnt matter what you try with the fish, to keep it alive, it will die. And the DFG think they are trying to keep the species alive. All they are doing is letting the ones that get caught go to waste. Just pisses me off how the DFG doesnt know how to actually manage any type of game animal until it is endangered, then they just shut it down completly. Get a clue DFG.

Captain | Posted: August 30, 2004

Canary rockfish live on the bottom and will hit on most rock cod lures - especially shrimp flies and ling bars.

Considered endangered in Califoria by F&G, they are found all along the Pacific shelf into Washington where they are commercially caught.