Odfw photograph and description. Body orange fading to light orange or yellow on belly. Rough pair of ridges above bright yellow eyes. Tail not indented. Fins pinkish, commonly with black edges. Small fish may have one or two white lines on sides (not shown). To 36 inches.
Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) or red snapper as they are often called are one the most desirable fish species common to Oregon's offshore waters ranking fifth overall in rockfish catch statistics.
Yelloweye rockfish are an excellent food fish and grow to an impressive size of 36 inches in length and weighing as much as 25 pounds. Maturation occurs between 6 and 8 years of age at a length of 16 inches and they live up to 114 years of age. The color of adult yelloweye rockfish varies from orange red to orange yellow. The adults usually have a lighter colored band or a white colored band along the lateral line. Juvenile yelloweye rockfish are darker in color and are distinguished by two lighter colored lateral lines.Yelloweye rockfish are distinguished by their brilliant yellow eyes. Yelloweye rockfish are a bottom dwelling solitary species that are found most often at depths between 164 to 1300 feet on or just over rocky reefs with an affinity for cobble and bolder fields or rocky structure with a high degree of vertical relief such as walls. Yelloweye are very aggressive and cannibalistic: they will eat any species that comes their way. Their diet includes black, quillback, rosethorn, redstripe and juvenile yelloweye rockfish plus assorted shrimp, crabs, squid and forage fish.
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