California Scorpionfish

The California Scorpionfish is known as the most easily distinguished fish among the California fish species. They are nocturnal species with an average growth rate of around 47 centimeters and a weight of 4.4 lbs.

They usually have a lifespan of around 21 years and are known to be oviparous, meaning they release eggs externally and carry out external fertilization.


The body shape of the California Scorpionfish is that of a stocky and slightly compressed body with a large set of the mouth, head, and pectoral fins.

The color range of this fish species varies from red and brown, along with spots and blotches on their body and fins.

Generally, the California Scorpionfishes are quite heavy-bodied with a strong head, followed by fin spins.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Young California Scorpionfishes usually reside in regions of shallow water with algae-dense habitats and organisms. At the same time, adults live abundantly on areas of the hard bottom like wrecks, rocky reefs, and sewer pipes.

Given their carnivorous and ambush predator nature, small crabs are usually taken as their most important type of food consumption.

They are nocturnal fishes and typically feed during nighttime. As a transient species, a scorpionfish can travel over 360 km.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

The California scorpionfish can be most commonly found around rocky bottoms that have a depth of 609ft or more.

They are usually lured in a few numbers around some area with small pieces of squid, mussels, or sea urchins.

Certain hunters also enjoy catching the California Scorpionfish via spearfishing in shallow reefs.

Peak Season

The California Scorpionfish is a fish species that are usually found all year round, with their peak seasons typically lasting from January to April.

During this period, the fish siwa cues are usually found around rocky bottoms of over 600 ft.

Best Bait

The following are some of the best bait to options to hook California Scorpionfishes during a hunt:

  • Mackerel
  • Squid
  • Anchovies
  • Young crustaceans
  • Mussels
  • Sea urchins