The haddock is a marine fish distributed on both sides of the North Atlantic. Haddock is a popular food fish and is widely fished commercially.
The haddock is easily recognized by a black lateral line running along its white side (not to be confused with pollock which has the reverse, i.e. white line on black side) and a distinctive dark blotch above the pectoral fin, often described as a "thumbprint" or even the "Devil's thumbprint" or "St. Peter's mark".
Haddock is most commonly found at depths of 40 to 133 m (130 to 436 ft), but has a range as deep as 300 m (980 ft). It thrives in temperatures of 2 to 10°C (36 to 50°F). Juveniles prefer shallower waters and larger adults deeper water. Generally, adult haddock do not engage in long migratory behaviour as do the younger fish, but seasonal movements have been known to occur across all ages. Haddock feed primarily on small invertebrates, although larger members of the species may occasionally consume fish.
Growth rates of haddock have changed significantly over the past 30 to 40 years. Presently, growth is more rapid, with haddock reaching their adult size much earlier than previously noted. However, the degree to which these younger fish contribute to reproductive success of the population is unknown. Growth rates of haddock, however, had slowed in recent years. Some evidence indicates it may be the result of an exceptionally large year class in 2003. Spawning occurs between January and June, peaking during late March and early April. The most important spawning grounds are in the waters off middle Norway, near southwest Iceland, and Georges Bank. An average-sized female produces approximately 850,000 eggs, and larger females are capable of producing up to 3 million eggs each year.
|Scientific Name:||Melanogrammus aeglefinus|
|Ideal Temp:||36-50°F (2-10°C)|
|Technique:||Bottom Fishing, Jigging|
|Lure Type:||Bottom Rig, Jigs|
|World Record:||6.8 kg (14 lb 15 oz) Saltraumen, Norway 15-Aug-1997|
|Other Names:||haddock, haddie|
Latest Haddock Fishing Reports and Spots
Yesterday half day fishing was a banner day. Everyone caught some nice Haddock! (View
Nice haddock on our half day trip yesterday! (View
Catching lots of Haddock and smiles on our half day fishing on Yankee Patriot II. (View
Capt Dave G reports excellent fishing on the John Viol Cod/Fluke Charter. On Day 1 we started out on the cod grounds. The first couple drifts st (View
The Thursday 5am to 5pm marathon trip was super successful. Most anglers caught their limit of haddock. (View
The tide has been running like a river lately but that hasnt stopped the anglers from getting some real big haddock and cusk (View
We’ve been super busy getting most anglers their limits of haddock!! Come join us! Half days running now also. (View
Saturday and Sunday we slammed the Haddock in epic numbers. No two ways about it. The anglers were very busy both trips. (View
Today the bite was good on the first stop and the last stop. We had to work a little harder for them in the middle of the day. There were some (View
Managed to drift every stop on today’s all day open boat. We started on the edge of stellwagon bank but found only cod cusk and sculpin so we mo (View