1 - 2 pounds
9" - 12"
The pacific tomcod is a species of bony fishes with a torpedo-shaped body covered with small and thin scales. Its topside can range from olive-green to brown, while its underside is white. It has a large head and mouth with a small chin barbel, which makes it distinct from other cod.
The pacific tomcod is commonly identified by its three spineless dorsal fins and two anal fins which are all dusky or grayish, although it may often be confused with the Pacific cod.
The pacific tomcod is a small fish and therefore not commercially important to humans. While it’s considered a popular game fish for anglers in central California, it’s often caught by accident when chasing larger sport fish.
The pacific tomcod can grow up to 12 inches, but it's commonly reported at 9-10 inches in length. Its diet primarily consists of anchovies, shrimp, worms, amphipods, isopods, gastropods, mussels, and other fish. It has been observed to prey on southern Tanner crab in direct competition with the flathead sole, rock sole, and greenland halibut.