Freshwater- July 22, 2017- Trout now in 25+ft of water but fishing still o.k. Powerbait, worms and shiners all good bait options. Small spoons, spinners and crankbaits good lure choices with gold being the best color but downriggers or sinking line may be needed. Best ponds are Peter's, Spectacle and Mashpee/Wakeby.
Bass fishing is as good as it gets. Live shiners and nightcrawlers best bets but soft plastics and crankbaits also working. Topwater also effective at times. Shallow water ponds like Shawme and Santuit best and evening has been the best time to go. Mashpee/Wakeby and Snake Pond also producing. Pickerel, sunfish and perch also good. Worms best. (Perch are good to eat so if you get good sized ones give them a try.)
Saltwater- Striped bass spotty with bays and inlets in Cotuit, Popponesset, Osterville and Waquoit or north coast creeks/estuaries/beaches in Sandwich best shot (Town Neck, Sandy Neck, Mill Creek, Scorton Creek). Most fish are 12"-28" with only occasional keeper. South facing beaches like Oregon in Cotuit and Sandy Beach in New Seabury producing mostly scup and sharks. Ditto South Cape Beach and Osterville/Wianno. If targeting whatever bigger fish may still be around live eels or chunk bait fished in the dark best, especially in areas of moving water. Bouncing a jig or soft plastic at night also a good option.
A few bluefish are in the south coastal areas but action is very spotty with Oregon Beach, Dowses and Popponesset Beach best bets. Evening/high tide best and topwater plugs like Roberts Rangers or Pencil poppers or metals like Kastmasters best lure choices. Chunk bait like mackerel and squid also a good. A long cast is important so lures that cast well best.
Some nice bass are coming from the canal but as usual action is very hit or miss. The stretch from the powerlines to the east end jetty has been most productive. Barnstable Harbor and the area around the Harbor has been good off and on . Most of the fish are small but a few good ones are being caught. Chunk mackerel best.
P-town also good in spots with mostly 28"-32" bass.
As for black seabass action is steady in both Nantucket Sound and Vineyard Sounds. Areas of structure and shoal areas best and best fishing is in deep water areas adjacent to shoals. Squid best bait choice but jigging has been effective as well. (Using a good- sized jig is also a good way to target bigger fish.)
Scup are also abundant with some nice sized fish in the Cotuit and Popponesset areas (lots of sea robins as well), and fluke are showing with fish to 22" in the Falmouth and Popponesset areas. Clams and squid are the best bait choices for scup. Whiting (northern kingfish) also being caught and they are good to eat. Clams and squid good bait for whiting and they are often taken by folks scup fishing.
Mackerel are also being reported in C. Cod Bay but can be tricky to find.
Haddock fishing is also excellent so a trip to Stellwagen Bank is worth the trip... and you may see a few whales while you are out there.
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