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Pollock

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

19 inch minimum (total length) in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common north of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Pollock are generally found at depths of 200 to 300 feet over rough bottom.

They feed on shrimps and small fishes.
General Description
Pollock look similar to cod, but tend not to be as plump and have a much smaller chin barbel ("whisker").

They are a gray blue on their upper sides, becoming a pale silver/white underneath.
Did You Know?
The Pollock is nicknamed "Boston bluefish" due to its appearance and fighting ability.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Pollock are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be taken with 10 to 20 ounce Norwegian type jigs. These jigs are often tipped with a strip of squid.

Pollock can also be caught on bottom rigs baited with sea worms, clams, and cut pieces of fish or squid strips.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Pollock caught by anglers weigh between 4 and 15 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Pollock are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Pollock are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.