Haddock

Shape

Synonyms

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Edibility

Excellent

Regulations

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  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Unlimited bag limit. Filleting at sea is allowed. Recreational vessels remain subject to the Whaleback Cod Spawning Protection Area.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2020 to April 14th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    For information about the September 15-30, 2019 season, see2019 September Season
    Each angler is limited to one line. There is no limit to the number of hooks per line. All other fishing gear must be properly stowed. Fillets, or parts of fish, must have at least 2 square inches of contiguous skin that allows for identification of fish species, while possessed on board and at the time of landing.
    Filleting at sea is allowed.

    For more information, see 2019 Recreational Rules

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No bag limit south of Cape Cod.

    Please be advised that the bag limit, size limit, and season may be different North of Cape Cod.
    For Haddock season and bag limits north of Cape Cod and other MA regulations, see Mass Recreational Regulations.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2020 to April 14th, 2020
    from March 1st, 2021 to April 14th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Head and tail must be intact unless the fillet exceeds 10 inches in length.

  • 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 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2020 to April 14th, 2020

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit.

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season. No possession limit.

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No possession limit. Open season all year.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2020 to April 14th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    For-hire vessels: season is Jan 1 - Feb 28 and April 15 - Sept 16, and Nov 1 - December 31. Bag limit 12 haddock per person. Minimum size 17 inches total length.
    For Haddock season and bag limits south of Cape Cod and other MA regulations, see Mass Recreational Regulations.
    Federal Regulations may differ! To see Federal regulations tap "See Federal Regs" button below the image above.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 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

For a list of official country and state regulations, visit here