Pointed head, with large mouth.

Body tapered at both ends. Dark blue upper back, with silver-green belly.

The two Mackerel species in B.C are the Pacific and the Jack Mackerel, which is typically the larger of the two and is distinguished by wavy, vertical lines on its upper back.


25 to 30 cm (10 to 12 inches)


1 kg (2 lbs)


Very widespread. In B.C., they are most typically found off the west coast of Vancouver Island.


Year ‘round. Primarily a commercial catch, but anglers prize Mackerel for their feistiness on light tackle. Often found in shallow waters, close to shore.


Flavourful and oily, with a firm texture. Pan frying is popular.


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