Cod, Atlantic

Shape

Synonyms

Gadus morhua

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 21 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit for private angler = 10 fish per person.
    Bag limit for Party/Charter Anglers is unlimited.
    Filleting at sea allowed.
    For more information, see 2019 Recreationl Rules

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 21 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from October 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    NOAA Fisheries is opening a 2-week season (September 15-30) for Gulf of Maine cod, the possession limit will be 1 fish per person, and the minimum size will be 21 inches. For information, see 2019 September Season
    For more information, see 2019 Recreational Rules

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 21 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from October 1st, 2019 to September 14th, 2020
    from October 1st, 2020 to September 14th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    For more information, see 2019 Maine Sportfish Regulations.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 21 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    South of Cape Cod bag limit is 10 cod per person per day and season is open all year.
    For Cod season and bag limits North of Cape Cod and other MA regulations, see Mass Recreational Regulations.

    It is unlawful to fish with hook and line gear in the Winter Cod Conservation Closure from November 15 through January 31. It is unlawful to take cod from the Summer Cod Conservation Closure from April 16 through July 21. See maps in 322 CMR 8.07 for more details.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 22 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open season all year. Customers aboard federally permitted party or charter boats may possess any number of Atlantic Cod, consistent with federal rules.

  • Measurements Min Size: 21 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season. No possession limit.

  • License Required

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational possession of cod is now prohibited year round. For more information, see NH Fish and Game update.

  • Additional Notes
    Federal regulations apply in state waters. To see relevant Federal regulations, tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Manual Location, tap By Region, tap Select Region, tap USA, tap Add Child Region, tap Greater Atlantic Federal Waters, then tap Save at the bottom of the screen. If you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see Federal regulations for the Greater Atlantic Federal Waters.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 22 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open year round.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 21 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to September 14th, 2019
    from October 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    For Gulf of Maine cod, the moratorium has been lifted for two weeks in the fall (September 15 – September 30), during which time anglers may retain 1-cod measuring at least 21". The retention of GOM cod during any other time of year remains prohibited.
    South of Cape Cod, bag limit is 10 cod per person per day and season is open all year.
    For more information, see Mass Recreational Regulations updated July 12, 2019.

    It is unlawful to fish with hook and line gear in the Winter Cod Conservation Closure from November 15 through January 31. It is unlawful to take cod from the Summer Cod Conservation Closure from April 16 through July 21. See maps in 322 CMR 8.07 for more details.
    Federal Regulations may differ! To see Federal regulations tap "See Federal Regs" button below the image above.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    From April 1 through June 30 of each year, all recreational vessels, including private recreational and charter/party vessels, may only use pelagic hook-and-line gear when fishing in the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area.
    Any vessel fishing in the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area is prohibited from possessing or retaining regulated species or ocean pout from April 1 through June 30 of each year.
    Recreational and commercial vessels are allowed to transit the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area provided all bait and hooks are removed from fishing rods and any regulated species on board has been gutted and stored.
    For more information, see 2019 MultiSpecies Info Sheet

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