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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.



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. Alewife

  2. Alewife

    There is a 32.59% catch rate for Alewife, based on 13704 Alewife counted.

    Cape Cod Alewife Counts Chart
    Alewife

    ENLARGE CAPE COD ALEWIFE COUNTS CHART


  3. Atlantic Herring

  4. Atlantic Herring

    There is a 22.29% catch rate for Atlantic Herring, based on 9375 Atlantic Herring counted.

    Cape Cod Atlantic Herring Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE CAPE COD ATLANTIC HERRING COUNTS CHART


  5. Blueback Herring

  6. Blueback Herring

    There is a 11.07% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 4654 Blueback Herring counted.

    Cape Cod Blueback Herring Counts Chart
    Blueback

    ENLARGE CAPE COD BLUEBACK HERRING COUNTS CHART


  7. Atlantic Cod

  8. Atlantic Cod

    There is a 10.14% catch rate for Atlantic Cod, based on 4263 Atlantic Cod counted.

    Cape Cod Atlantic Cod Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE CAPE COD ATLANTIC COD COUNTS CHART


  9. Silver Hake

  10. Silver Hake

    There is a 8.73% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 3669 Silver Hake counted.

    Cape Cod Silver Hake Counts Chart
    Silver

    ENLARGE CAPE COD SILVER HAKE COUNTS CHART


  11. Winter Flounder

  12. Winter Flounder

    There is a 8.24% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 3464 Winter Flounder counted.

    Cape Cod Winter Flounder Counts Chart
    Winter

    ENLARGE CAPE COD WINTER FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  13. Scaled Sardine

  14. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 1.22% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 515 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Cape Cod Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
    Scaled

    ENLARGE CAPE COD SCALED SARDINE COUNTS CHART


  15. Fourspot Flounder

  16. Fourspot Flounder

    There is a 0.78% catch rate for Fourspot Flounder, based on 327 Fourspot Flounder counted.

    Cape Cod Fourspot Flounder Counts Chart
    Fourspot

    ENLARGE CAPE COD FOURSPOT FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  17. Atlantic Mackerel

  18. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 0.67% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 280 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Cape Cod Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE CAPE COD ATLANTIC MACKEREL COUNTS CHART


  19. American Shad

  20. American Shad

    There is a 0.47% catch rate for American Shad, based on 198 American Shad counted.

    Cape Cod American Shad Counts Chart
    American

    ENLARGE CAPE COD AMERICAN SHAD COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 64 species of fish and 42050 fish counted for April around Cape Cod.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 1014974 fish counted for Cape Cod and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/1/1841 (183 years).

Last Update: 4/19/2024 2:07:04 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Cape Cod are the following:

  1. Fishing Ledge
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  3. RUTH E. MERRILL


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  8. Collier Ledge G


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Latest Cape Cod Fishing Reports

  • Giant fat bluefin tuna
    The Chatham bluefin tuna are not far offshore in the fall and tend to be quite fat as they are getting ready for winter. Mike and his customers catch the big ones.


  • Four giant bluefin today
    Mike and his charter party caught four giants. This was a catch and release. Four giants one day


  • Bluefin tuna 2023
    Another beautiful bluefin tuna caught on Magic Fishing Charters and the guys had a blast.


  • June 10 Fishing Report
    On Cape Cod June can be an awesome time for shore and boat anglers alike in both fresh and saltwater. We have LOTS of reports from many different areas and varying species be


  • Memorial Day Weekend Fishing Update
    I had to pinch myself when I woke up Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to a gorgeous sunny day! I can’t recall the last time we had such nice weather to kick off our summer se


  • March Trout Fishing on Cape Cod
    By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff Turning the calendar page to March always signifies the beginning of spring fishing on Cape Cod and the state begins its outstanding tro


  • February 2023 Cape Cod Freshwater Fishing Report
    By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff As the vast majority of Cape Cod striped bass fishermen look forward to spring and the return of our beloved Striped Bass for those adve


  • Shellfishing and Trout Fishing Cape Cod in December
    Lots of Sports Port anglers have been having great luck fishing for trout in our beautiful Cape Cod ponds. Thanks to Glen for sending the picture of the trout seen below. He


  • Shellfishing Trout Fishing...and STRIPED BASS?
    Carl and a few other customers reported that they are still catching Stripers in the canal. There has been schools of mackerel and if you are willing to put the time in and c


  • A November to remember!
    By Striper Mike Sports Port Pro Staff Stripers & Bluefish - November 2022 We are now at the end of the 2022 striped bass and bluefish migration and November is your last chan


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

  3. 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!

  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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Bouy Conditions

Station 44090 - Cape Cod Bay, MA (221)
April 20, 2024 8:30 pm EDT
Location: 41.84N 70.329W
Air Temperature: 47.1°F (8.4°C)
Water Temperature: 46.4°F (8.0°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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