Copper rockfish

Copper Rockfish, scientifically known as Sebastes Caurinus, can grow up to 23 inches long and reach a maximum length of 26 inches.

Its maximum weight can reach 10 pounds with a lifespan of up to 50 years. This marine fish belongs to the Scorpaenidae family and is commonly referred to as copper seaperch.

This fish is quite crucial in western Mexico as a part of commercial fisheries. In California, it?s often fished by recreational anglers.


Copper Rockfish have high color variation from copper colors to dark reddish-brown. It has a white underside with darker fins.

This fish has a wide stripe following two-thirds of its lateral line. And its body is deep and stout. It also has a short snout and has copper or yellowish cheeks. It has a tall dorsal fin spine which is quite strong.

Habitat and Lifestyle

This marine fish is native to Mexican water on the Pacific coast but is also common in Baja California to Southeast Alaska.

Copper Rockfish dwells at the bottom of the sea and can go down as deep as 600 ft. It lives in kelp beds and around shallow and rocky areas.

Interestingly, it also cohabitates with the Great Pacific octopus in their caves or dens.

Finding and Catching

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

Copper Rockfish prefer a rocky environment and form a group sometimes around jetties.

The young ones live closely to the surface in seagrass beds and kelp, while adults are found in deeper water.

Peak Season

Copper Rockfish are available abundantly during summer. The best time to fish would be from May to December.

Best Bait

Rubber tail jigs are commonly used for fishing Copper Rockfish and are mostly found in shallow and rocky areas. Some of the best bait to lure these fish are:

  • Crabs
  • Small fishes (anchovies, shiner perch, and midshipman)
  • Herring
  • Squid
  • Octopus