Photo courtesy of Vacation Rental Property ID 21047 in Chatham
Whether you are an experienced angler, somebody who picks up a rod and reel on occasion,
or someone who has never put a worm on a hook, Cape Cod and the Islands have an
abundance of places for you to cast your first line or your ten thousandth.
Catching a fish in the surf
Saltwater fishing is very popular on the Cape and Islands. One can wade into the
flats to flyfish, fish from the shore (surfcast), or head out to sea by boat for
some deep sea fishing. Striped Bass, Fluke, Bluefish, Flounder, Mackerel, Blue Fin
and Yellow Fin, Haddock, and of course, Cod are just a few saltwater fish you may
find on the end of your line when fishing the Cape and Islands. Top spots for saltwater
fishing include Monomoy Point (Chatham), the flats of Provincetown, Herring Cove
(Provincetown), Great Point (Nantucket), Dionis Beach (Nantucket), Barnstable Harbor,
Chappy Beach (Martha’s Vineyard), Vineyard Haven Jetty (Martha’s Vineyard), Chapin
Beach (Dennis), the Cape Cod Canal (Bourne) and Point of Rocks Beach (Brewster).
Often overlooked on Cape Cod and the Islands are the freshwater fishing opportunities.
With over 360 fresh water ponds, there is no shortage of places to cast a line.
Most of the ponds in the area have public access, and one can fish easily from the
shore, from a public dock, or from a boat, as many ponds have a public access boat
launch. The well-stocked ponds of Cape Cod (stocked in the spring and fall) have
trout, salmon, bass, perch, sunfish, and, depending on the time of year, a variety
of other fish. Hummock Pond and Sesachacha Pond are popular fishing holes on Nantucket,
while Uncle Seth’s Pond and Duarte’s Pond are well known fishing holes on Martha’s
Vineyard. On the Cape check out John’s Pond and Wakeby Lake (Mashpee), Schoolhouse
Pond and Goose Pond (Chatham), Mill Pond (Brewster), Pleasant Lake (Harwich), Dennis
Pond and Blackwater Pond (Provincetown). If looking for a variety of ponds in close
proximity to one another, consider heading to Nickerson State Park in Brewster.
Charter a Fishing Boat
With so much to choose from when it comes to fishing, it can be a bit overwhelming.
Experienced or inexperienced, visiting anglers may find hiring a local guide helpful
to navigate the myriad of fishing spots. If you are looking for a deep sea experience,
there are a host of boat charters that can accommodate you, as well as tackle shops
that can help you choose the best gear, lures, and bait for fishing in the area.
Cape Cod Fishing Charters
Whether you come to fish in saltwater, freshwater or both, one thing is for certain
- you will be heading home with plenty of great memories and a fishing tale or two.
Please note fresh and saltwater fishing licenses are required in Massachusetts.
For more information go to www.mass.gov/dfwele/licensing/index.htm