Blue rockfish are a common rockfish in nearshore areas.
Features: These fish are dark blue or black with a light belly, a blotchy pattern on the sides, and no spots in the dorsal fin. The easiest way to distinguish a blue rockfish from a deacon rockfish is that the blues have jaws that meet together when closed.
Habitat: Like all rockfish, these fish use rocky reefs as habitat. They are common down to 500 feet or more, but also come in to shallow areas. Blue rockfish will often suspend in large schools well off the bottom over rocky areas.
Technique: They readily take both bait and lures. Blue rockfish have smaller mouths than the black rockfish and are more likely to take smaller jigs and shrimp flies.