Cape Cod Fishing Report
Trout fishing on the Cape has been great and my coworkers have been enjoying their time on the water catching rainbows, browns, and brookies. Chris and Nick have the trout bite dialed in using gold spoons during low-light conditions with a low and slow retrieve. Jimmy picked up a largemouth and pickerel on swimbaits over the weekend – I’m guessing he’ll pick up a 5-pound bass sooner rather than later.
Zack says he hooked into some largemouth with sub-surface jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits while fishing in 6 feet of water from a kayak. He was relatively close to shore, but fishing in a deep pocket of water on the Upper Cape.
The water temperature in Woods Hole climbed over 40 degrees for the first time on Wednesday, but we haven’t received any reports from the salt yet.
Jeff, at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore, says trout fishing is the most popular option right now until tautog season opens on Apr. 1. I asked when tog first show on the Cape and Jeff says lobster fishermen find them in their pots the last week of March. Haddock and cod season opens north of the Cape on Apr. 1.
Red Top Sporting Goods in Buzzards Bay, says a couple fishermen hit the Plymouth area for largemouth and found some fish under 2 pounds. Bass are slowly but surely becoming more active and even though the water is cool, it’s not impairing the bite. All the ponds on the Cape have been stocked well with brookies and rainbows, generating hot actionat dawn and dusk. The shop says you can start catching tautog when dandelions begin flowering and it just so happens there is one out front of their store right now.
Cape Cod Forecast
Now is a good time to start putting in effort for largemouth, especially as the herring runs begin to take off. Shoreline points, sharp breaks leading to flats, and channels are good starting points. The northern sections of ponds and lakes are protected from the wind and they’re exposed to the sun for long periods of the day. Lures to use: swimbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, chatterbaits, and jigs.
Stay up to date with the latest brown, brook, and rainbow trout stockings on the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife website.