A Fresh Angle

With freshly stocked kettle ponds all across the Cape, there’s no time like the present to cast a line and get the first bite of the season.

The Cape’s waters are famous for saltwater fishing, from fighting ferocious blues in the surf to landing lunker stripers into the boat. But tucked behind curtains of pine trees in the Cape’s interior are waters that are equally rewarding for fishermen, although these quiet, often unknown places offer very different fishing from the open ocean.

The freshwater kettle ponds of the inner Cape are trout and bass-filled glacial waters. There are more than 360 of these landlocked ponds throughout the Cape. Ponds larger than 10 acres are called great ponds. Though not highly publicized, many of these seldom-fished ponds have public access.

A Fresh Angle

“The ponds are a secret fishery that don’t get a lot of attention,” says Scott Dietrich, president of Cape Cod Trout Unlimited. “It’s a completely different experience from saltwater fishing, and the ponds are fishable pretty much year-round.”

In April, freshwater fishing for bass is a favorite as well as going for trout and salmon in kettle ponds stocked by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At Peter’s Pond in Sandwich and Sheep’s Pond and Cliff Pond in Brewster, fishermen try to land big salmon. Anglers savor the timeless return of herring to Cape Cod streams and lakes. In May, blue-wing olives, hex flies, mayflies, and caddisflies hatch out, which again bring trout to the surface.

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Steve Larese is a travel journalist who spends as much time as he can at his family’s home in Chatham.

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