Haddock

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.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Environment:Offshore
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

Sunday 5/2/2021 All Day trip - 5/2/2021 9:34:00 AM

May haddock are here! The 7am boat nailed em today. Most anglers had their limit! We have openings for Wednesday and a few spots left for Thursd (View)


Full Day fishing May 4 2021 - 5/4/2021 3:10:23 PM

The month of May continues to produce!  Haddock slamathon again today with most anglers limiting out!  There is still plenty of room on Sunday’s (View)


Tuesday 4/20/2021 All Day Fishing - 4/20/2021 1:27:00 PM

The catch was large reds large haddock and a Lot of laughs! (View)


Marathon Thursday 4/8/2021 - 4/8/2021 9:45:00 PM

Todays 12 hour trip started out kind if average but after the tide changed it became a non stop haddock slamathon with some nice cod to boot! (View)


Full Day Trip – 4/9/2021 - 4/9/2021 9:46:42 PM

After the tide change we had a savage haddock bite today! (View)


Friday 4/2/2021 - 4/2/2021 9:17:00 AM

The second day of the season started out windy and cold. At the rails we caught fish every stop. It was slow at times primarily around slack tid (View)


- 4/15/2014 1:53:00 PM

Sundays fishing report was good fishing not much wind and no sea with plenty of action. Mostly haddock to go home with some cod showing with ope (View)


- 4/27/2014 9:30:00 PM

Fishing remains consistent with good catches of cod and haddock We are measuring lots of fish which means the activity is up bait fishing seams (View)


- 5/22/2014 8:23:00 PM

Weather finally starting to straighten out and feel like summer. The ground fishing on the all day boat has been good. The last couple  of trips (View)


- 5/29/2014 9:39:00 PM

Memorial Day marathon reports good fishing with mostly market cod and haddock. The all day boat  did well also with the bite quite an improvemen (View)