“That’s unique to the Cape, the fact that we have these great freshwater ponds with saltwater access through marshes,” says Kokorda. “There’s a great food supply for freshwater game fish here, and the depths of the ponds mean the trout can survive the warm weather.”

A Fresh Angle

Chatham’s 38-acre Goose Pond is stocked in the spring and fall with brook, brown, and rainbow trout, and holdovers run deep in the warm months. Adult smallmouths were stocked here in 1980 and 1981, and that population has remained healthy.

Twenty-three-acre Schoolhouse Pond and White Pond in Chatham, Great Pond in Eastham, 716-acre Long Pond and Sheep Pond in Harwich, Hamblin Pond in Barnstable, and Peter’s Pond in Sandwich are other great fisheries to explore.

Whichever location you choose, you’re guaranteed a great day discovering the Cape’s hidden freshwater ponds, a boon for fishermen—and for anyone who wants to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the Cape’s ecology.

Cape Cod ponds are stocked in the fall and in the spring, with weekly stockings in March. For more information, go to which includes a list of all stocked Cape ponds.


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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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