It’s that time of year that the reports start to get a little thin around the Cape. Saltwater fishing has slowed way down, and except for a few diehards running long for cod or plying the backwaters for stripers, there’s few anglers even trying.
Freshwater fishing is a different story. Trout fishing is excellent right now, and fishermen have been taking full advantage. The newest addition to the OTW Crew, Assistant Editor Matt Haeffner had good luck on a before-work trout trip to John’s Pond on Thursday. Grews Pond also came up in the reports, where one fisherman caught a dozen rainbows on nightcrawlers reported Evan at Eastman’s Sport and Tackle.
Peter’s, Cliff, Sheep, and Long Pond in Plymouth are all giving up trout right now as well.
Rainbows dominate the catch right now, and they can be fooled with gold spoons, inline spinners, and, my favorite, small tube jigs. Browns are biting as well, and some of them can be quite large. Unlike earlier in the fall, nighttime is not as productive for the browns once the water gets colder.
Winter browns have a weakness for gold spoons as well. Don’t be afraid to size up to a 1/4-ounce spoon if you’re really hoping to hook a good brown. Stickbaits work as well, and I still catch a few browns on my go-to tube jigs.
Bait-and-wait is a reliable approach this time of year as well. Nightcrawlers will tempt a mix of rainbows and browns. Shiners will fool both as well, but might improve your odds of hooking a big brown.
The crew at Red Top had heard similar news about the trout bite, but said there wasn’t as much recent info on freshwater bass.
That could be because bass anglers using artificial lures are less likely to regularly pop into the shops with recent reports. Based on reports from my co-worker (and co-host on At The Rail) Anthony DeiCicchi, the bass bite has been tough lately as his regular haunts. He’s been using jerkbaits and the float-and-fly, and coming up with a few pickerel and no bass.
Ponds, and the fish within them, react differently to the dropping temperatures. Small, shallow ponds are prone to large temperature swings, and a cold snap can kill the bite in them, while larger ponds, with deeper water, are slower to show the impacts of falling air temperatures. But, those small ponds also warm up more quickly, so allow the recent weather patterns to influence where you fish. Fish the larger ponds after cold snaps, hit the smaller ones after the weather stabilizes, or during a warm spell.
I’m dusting off my float-and-fly rig this weekend, and plan to see some floats drop.
White perch are stirring in brackish waters, and fishermen have been catching both quantity and quality. Small jigs, spoons, and spinners are staples for white perch, and grass shrimp or mummichogs will catch them as well, if you want to take a fine mesh net to your local marsh and scoop some.
Fishing Forecast for Cape Cod
Take your favorite gold spoon to a trout pond and start casting. The rainbows are biting well, and there’s enough holdover browns in the mix to keep you on your toes.
Here’s a little trout video we put together a few years back at the bitter cold end of the trout season here on the Cape.
If looking for bass, go slow and slower. If nothing else, you should find some pickerel willing to play.