Haddock

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Regulations

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  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Unlimited bag limit

  • Bag Limit 12

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2018 to April 14th, 2018
    from September 17th, 2018 to October 31st, 2018
    from March 1st, 2019 to April 14th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    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 MultiSpecies Info Sheet

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2018 to April 14th, 2018

  • Bag Limit 12

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2018 to April 14th, 2018
    from September 17th, 2018 to October 31st, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit reduced to 12 haddock per angler. For more information, see NH Fish and Game update.

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

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

  • 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.

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season. No possession limit.

  • 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.

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Beginning May 1 private angler bag limit increases to 15 fish per person per day.
    Federal Regulations may differ! To see Federal regulations: tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs are over your intended fishing location in Federal Waters (> 3 miles offshore), then tap Set Location. Confirm federal waters are listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant federal regulations.

  • Bag Limit 12

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • 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.

    Federal Regulations may differ! To see Federal regulations: tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs are over your intended fishing location in Federal Waters (> 3 miles offshore), then tap Set Location. Confirm federal waters are listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant federal regulations.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2018

  • 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 MultiSpecies Info Sheet

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