Cod, Atlantic

Shape

Synonyms

Gadus morhua

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

Notice to anglers: regulations on this page are location specific. Depending on your location, you could be in multiple regulation areas. To ensure you're looking at regulations based on your current location or latitude/longitude, Download the Fish Rules App and enable location services for the best and most accurate experience.

Download for Android

Download for iOS

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 23 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.

  • Closed Seasons from July 27th, 2017 to December 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational harvest of Atlantic Cod in the Gulf of Maine cod is prohibited for the remainder of the 2018 fishing year.

    For more information, see MultiSpecies Info Sheet

  • Closed Seasons from May 1st, 2018 to May 1st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Anglers are prohibited from possessing Atlantic cod.
    For more information, see 2018 Maine Sportfish Regulations.


    To display 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 cover your desired fishing location in Federal Waters, then tap Set Location. The appropriate Federal Regulations should be listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, the relevant Federal Regulations should be displayed.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 22 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open year round.

  • 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.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 23 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    South of Cape Cod bag limit is 10 cod per person per day and season is open all year.
    North and east of Cape Cod cod fishing is closed year round (bag limit = 0).
    The Division of Marine Fisheries has filed emergency regulations to increase the recreational minimum size for Georges Bank cod in Southern New England from 22" to 23". The bag limit will remain at 10-fish and the fishery is open year round. The Georges Bank cod rules apply only within those state-waters south of 42°00' N excluding waters of Cape Cod Bay but including Pleasant Bay and Nauset Harbor and all connecting embayments in the County of Barnstable as well as all estuaries and salt ponds that drain to those waters. See 2018 Cod Minimum Size Advisory.
    For more information, 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.

  • 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.

  • Measurements Min Size: 21 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season. No possession limit.

  • Additional Notes
    North and east of Cape Cod, cod fishing is closed year round (bag limit = 0).
    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.

    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 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 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 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 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