I observed some interesting lingcod behavior at the east side of a feature located in the central part of the EUWP southeast of the intersection of Northern Lights Way and Centennial Way.
An approx 80cm long dark fish (Fish A - possibly a male ) was herding an approx 100 cm fish (Fish B - possibly a female)- into a cavity at the base of a concrete footer. The Fish A was displaying some of the shuddering body motion that we have associated with courtship behavior before the actual nesting season and thought I was seeing the initiation of spawning behavior.
I tried to stay as far away as I could and still make out the fish but I had distracted them and the activity stopped.
After a while I approached and noted that the large fish had the skinny spawned out look.
There was another similar pair of fish in the vicintiy. None of the fish moved until I started to leave.
At this time the Fish B swam around to the south side of the footer and Fish A followed.
I was unable to find an egg mass. Neither of the dark medium sized fish acted like they were guarding eggs.