Cape Cod Fishing Report – December 17, 2020

We're currently in a transition period as some of the lakes and ponds have skim ice on the surface, but it's not thick enough to safely fish on them

Katie Curran holding a rainbow trout she caught last weekend at a pond on Cape Cod.

Unfortunately, the Nor’easter presumably caused several local tackle shops to close their doors on Thursday. Nonetheless, we’re currently in a transition period as some of the lakes and ponds have skim ice on the surface, but it’s not thick enough to safely fish on them with a tip-up or jigging rod.

If you can find a pond or lake without skim ice, try targeting trout with an Al’s Goldfish Lure, roostertails, PowerBait, spoons, or a jerkbait. Marys Pond in Rochester and Johns Pond in Mashpee were both stocked with trout in the fall. For a full list of stocked lakes and ponds, click here.

In the meantime, I recommend becoming familiar with the techniques and equipment used to ice fish.

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