Pollock

Known as strong, active fish, pollocks are found in the northern Atlantic Ocean. They can be caught by bottom fishing, drift fishing, fly fishing, saltwater trolling, spin casting, and still fishing. These fish are so strong, they’ve been known to pull unprepared anglers overboard.

Pollock

Region: Northeast
Habitat: Bay, Ocean

How to identify Pollock

The pollock is a member of the cod family. Its coloring is light green to greenish brown with lighter green or gray on the sides. Its lower jaw sticks out farther than the top jaw. It has a forked tail, and a straight line on each side of its body. Pollocks have a barbell on their chin, which they use to find food.

Where to catch Pollock

The pollock is found on both sides of the northern Atlantic Ocean. They are plentiful in the U.S., north of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in waters from 20 feet to 200 feet deep. They also can be found on the surface, traveling in large, crowded pools. Smaller pollocks are found in shallow waters going after smaller fish to eat.

Range: Northeast
Pollock Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Pollock:

How to catch Pollock

Pollocks are very active and strong. They are known for snatching their prey and dragging them down to the depth, so anglers may want to bring good fishing boots to help add extra weight. The best times to fish for pollocks are at dawn or dusk. Look for these fish in rocky areas. The best method for catching them is jigging from a kayak or the shore. Other potentially successful methods include bottom fishing, drift fishing, fly fishing, saltwater trolling, spin casting, and still fishing.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Pollock:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Pollock

Clams, worms, herring, or shrimp are preferred bait for catching the pollock. Lures, plugs, flies or spinners can also be used.

The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Pollock: