Cape Cod Fishing Report – December 31, 2020

The Cape Cod kettle ponds fished well over the holidays for white perch, largemouth bass, and trout.

The Cape Cod kettle ponds fished well over the holidays for white perch, largemouth bass, and trout.

Evan, at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth, says he hasn’t received any reports over the holidays, but mentioned some anglers are targeting largemouth bass with shiners.

AJ, at Red Top Sporting Goods in Buzzards Bay, says the freshwater fishing for shore and boat anglers has been inconsistent because of the skim ice. Nonetheless, some anglers are catching trout on spoons when there is open water. AJ says the shop is currently sold out of medium-sized minnows, but they do have small and large shiners.

A kettle pond rainbow trout caught on a tube fly.
A kettle pond rainbow trout caught on a tube fly on New Year’s Eve Day.

Ben, at Sports Port Bait & Tackle in Hyannis, says it has been quiet in his area, but a few tight-lipped customers have been targeting trout with shiners.

Jimmy, Anthony, and Adam fished for trout, white, perch, and largemouth bass at the local freshwater kettle ponds this week. Anthony found a pile of white perch while using an Acme Tackle K.O. Wobber Spoon during his lunch break the other day. He also picked off a couple of largemouth bass with Jimmy while a low-pressure system developed over the Cape. Fast forward to this morning, Jimmy and Adam captured close-ups and underwater video of several rainbow trout during a downpour.Anthony DeiCicchi holding a late-December largemouth bass.

Anthony DeiCicchi holding a late-December largemouth bass.

Cape Cod Fishing Forecast

The weather forecast for the upcoming weekend is not promising, but the freshwater bite continues to produce for anglers using jigs, spoons, jerkbaits, and shiners. If you can find a good weather window, take advantage of it and hit one of the stocked trout ponds.

For those interested, Eddie “East End” Doherty will be presenting a Cape Cod Canal Surfcasting Seminar on January 5, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Doherty is a retired Massachusetts District Court Clerk-Magistrate and the author of, Seven Miles After Sundown. The free Zoom Seminar is open to the public and will include a PowerPoint presentation. To register, please send your name to falmouthfishermens@gmail.com.

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  1. Charles R Jordan

    Is anyone catching and cooking anything in our numerous fresh water ponds ,specifically wondering about the stocked trout. Would you consider those trout to be farm raised. One of the best dishes I’ve ever had was a stuffed trout at the lobster pot in ptown, many years back.

    1. Barrett Foster

      I eat the trout that I catch in the kettle ponds according to MA DNR, they are the safest freshwater fish to eat.

    2. cape

      The hold over rainbows and bookies are great. But recently stocked trout of any kind is fine but the meat will be more white ish due to the food pellets that are feed to them in the farms that they come from. Yes they are raised in a trout farm.
      Again the meat is good. Nothing beats wild fish.
      I like my rainbow or bookies with eggs and fried taters.

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