Widely found from near the shore to very deep waters. Young fish stay on sand or mud bottoms of bays and inshore areas. The lingcod is a voracious predator, eating many different fishes and octopuses. This fish changes color when stressed. The flesh color also changes, from a greenish hue when caught to white when cooked. Edibility is good; Lingcod is a popular sport and commercial fish. Range is Alaska to Northern Baja California.