Cape Cod Fishing

Cape Cod Fishing

Cape Cod is a cape in the Atlantic ocean that is a popular destination during summer. It serves as the southern boundary of the Gulf of Maine and extends upward toward Nova Scotia. Fifteen towns are within the cape, and Cape Cod canal separates most of the cape from mainland Massachusetts. Occasionally, whales and dolphins use the canal, which can cause it to temporarily close. Construction of the canal started in 1909, and it opened for use in 1914.v

The cape has a long maritime history. As described in the Vinland sagas, the Vikings explored Cape Cod and the nearby region in 1000 CE. Archeological evidence of a Viking settlement was found in Newfoundland, confirming descriptions in the sagas. The Pilgrims made their first landing in Cape Cod hundreds of years later and had an altercation with natives. They thought the area was too sandy and sailed across Cape Cod Bay where they established Plymouth. Settlers who spread from Plymouth found their way into Cape Cod again and settled in Yarmouth, Sandwich and Barnstable.

Cape Cod fishing has plenty of species you could target, including Cod, Haddock, Bluefish, Flounder, Striped Bass, Black Seabass, Bluefin Tuna, Scup and Tautog. There are a few freshwater areas in Cape Cod in the form of ponds and streams that hold Largemouth Bass and Trout. Striped bass is abundant in the bays and canal from May to October, but can be caught year round. Offshore you will find many different species of tuna with Little Tunny and Bluefin Tuna more commonly caught closer to shore and a few Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna caught offshore. In the warmer months, Mahi-mahi and Wahoo make an appearance offshore. Tilefish and Swordfish are popular targets offshore as well.

Top Cape Cod Fishing Spots

    4/22/2011 11:49:20 PM - CAPE COD CANAL Recreation Project

  2. Fishing Ledge
    4/15/2018 10:19:12 PM - Fishing Ledge

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  9. wreck-3094
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  10. Collier Ledge G
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Cape Cod Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Cape Cod, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scup

  2. Scup

    There is a 38.89% catch rate for Scup, based on 23067 Scup counted.

  3. Striped Bass

  4. Striped Bass

    There is a 13.3% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 7889 Striped Bass counted.

  5. Black Sea Bass

  6. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 11.93% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 7076 Black Sea Bass counted.

  7. Pollock

  8. Pollock

    There is a 8.09% catch rate for Pollock, based on 4801 Pollock counted.

  9. Bluefish

  10. Bluefish

    There is a 6.58% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 3903 Bluefish counted.

  11. Flounder

  12. Flounder

    There is a 2.57% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1526 Flounder counted.

  13. Cod

  14. Cod

    There is a 2.42% catch rate for Cod, based on 1436 Cod counted.

  15. Spiny Dogfish

  16. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 2.21% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 1311 Spiny Dogfish counted.

  17. Tautog

  18. Tautog

    There is a 1.74% catch rate for Tautog, based on 1032 Tautog counted.

  19. Atlantic Menhaden

  20. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 1.59% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 946 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

Recommedations above based on 90 species of fish and 59312 fish counted for September around Cape Cod.

To date, there are 141 species of fish and a total of 548102 fish counted for Cape Cod and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/1/1841 (181 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 7:16:36 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Cape Cod Fishing Reports

  • Those beautifully powerful and incredibly frustrating Albies!
    9/16/2022 9:53:35 PM - Did someone say “Albie Fever”?! Shore kayak and boat anglers are all having luck hooking up with those funny fish off the south side of the Cape…Hyannis to Falmouth. Don’t ge

  • Enormous striped bass
    8/22/2022 5:27:35 PM - That striper is gigantic!

  • Beautiful summer flounder
    8/5/2022 5:14:58 PM - A good summer for summer flounder (fluke). Everyone caught at least one!

  • Surfcasting trips with Sports Port Pro Staff and the Fishing Report
    7/21/2022 2:25:54 PM - By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff Imagine walking the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod viewing spectacular sunrises and sunsets while having the opportunity to catch powerfu

  • Thousand pound tuna tagged and released
    7/20/2022 4:55:04 PM - Captain Mike Abdow knows where to find giant bluefin tuna. This one-thousand pounder was tagged and released. (20 second video warning: adult language)

  • Summer Season Begins and 7/15 fishing report
    7/15/2022 8:19:50 AM - By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff The spring striped bass migration is well past completion and many of the striped bass visiting the Cape Cop beaches are settling into t

  • Cape Cod diversity of fishing opportunities part II
    6/30/2022 5:45:14 PM - By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff This morning I had the opportunity to get out on the water with my friend and fishing buddy Stan along with his fishing buddy Mike. We i

  • Cape Cod diversity of fishing opportunities
    6/27/2022 3:20:10 PM - By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff Freshwater and Saltwater bass have always been my passion and the Cape Cod fishery couldn’t be a better place to enjoy both. This past w

  • Sports Port Fishing Report June 1st
    6/1/2022 8:08:29 PM - Lots of bluefish in Nantucket Sound in the Osterville Cotuit and Hyannis area. The seabass fishing has been great using squid as well as gulp rigged on jigs. Colliers and Wre

  • Week of May 26th fishing report
    5/26/2022 10:35:39 PM - By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff The striped bass fishing this past week was outstanding with big bass reported all throughout Cape Cod. Slot size striped bass are being

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Top Cape Cod Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Sports Port
    We carry rods, reels, lures and bait for fresh water and salt water fishing.

  2. Forestdale Bait & Tackle
    We are a bait and tackle shop, serving Upper Cape Cod since 1999. We carry all of the gear you need for fishing local waters - both fresh and saltwater - and the bait needed to go with it!

  3. Riverview Bait & Tackle
    Bait, tackle, hunting supplies, archery, darts, and shell fishing supplies

  4. Powder Horn Outfitters

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Top Cape Cod Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Laura Jay Charters
    Captain Don Cianciolo has been fishing the waters of New England for over 40 years. He currently holds a United States Coast Guard 100-Ton Master’s License. The Laura-Jay is a Custom 31’ Duffy Sportfisherman outfitted for serious fishing. We are lo

  2. Emma Jack Charters
    Go home with a story of “The one that didn’t get away”. Catch Striped Bass, Bluefish, Cod, Tuna, Sea Bass and Fluke aboard the EmmaJack, a fully equipped 35’ Young Brothers, great for families and groups.

  3. Atsakeepa Sportfishing Charters
    Specializing in Striped Bass, Bluefish, Scup (porgy) , Sea Bass, Tautog and Bluefin Tuna.

  4. Aquarius Sportfishing

  5. Cape Cod Family Fishing Charters

  6. Shannon Sea Sportfishing

  7. Janine B Sportfishing

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Top Cape Cod Marinas

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Bouy Conditions

Station 44090 - Cape Cod Bay, MA (221)
September 25, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
Location: 41.84N 70.329W
Significant Wave Height: 1.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 3 sec
Average Period: 2.4 sec
Mean Wave Direction: S (190°)
Air Temperature: 65.1°F (18.4°C)
Water Temperature: 62.2°F (16.8°C)

Current Moon Phase

New Moon

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