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1 - 2 pounds
21" - 24"
Rock Greenling, also known under the name Fringed greenling, sea trout, kelp trout and confused as the Red Rock Trout, is greenish-brown, or maroon colored fish with darker mottling. The majority of Rock Greenling fish have blue spottings that fade to bright red on their sides. They also have dark bars and blotches on their fins and have blue mouths. Juvenile Rock Greenlings are known to have bright red eyes.
Rock Greenling have a generalized diet, as they can eat just about everything from invertebrates, like crabs and isopods, to fish eggs, and algae. Young Rock Greenlings, however, eat zooplankton. They can grow up to the length of 24 in. and rarely weigh more than 2 lbs.
Rock Greenling are commonly found inhabiting subtidal algae beds and rocky reefs ranging from the Bering Sea to southern California. Anglers most frequently catch these game fish off of exposed rocky shores, or shallow rocky areas, so if you’re wanting to catch one of these fish best to take their advice on looking for places like those during the morning or so because Rock Greenling are known to be daytime feeders.
When choosing a hook for the Rock Greenling, since these fish have relatively small mouths, its best to go for smaller hooks, about a #4 or #6. And for bait, considering they have quite a common diet, baits such as cut slices of fish, clams, mussels, shrimps, worms, crab backs and squid would do the trick. You can even try feathered jigs topped off with some squid for better results.
Rock Greenlings could be quite a challenge to land, as you can expect once you’ve hooked one up, they have a habit of entangling your lines in the rocks and kelp.
Rock Greenlings are commonly a solitary species but are not aggressive. They can come off quite cryptic and elusive to divers and spearfishermen, considering their preference to live alone among the rocks with heavy surges, but sometimes they can be found in tidepools and sandy areas.
Rock Greenling’s distribution can range along the Pacific Coast of Alaska’s Bering Sea up to southern California. And some reported the northern areas of the Sea of Japan, Hokkaido, and the Sea of Okhotsk