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

Photo by Amanda McCole

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 mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/ which includes a list of all stocked Cape ponds.

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

For More Information
Nickerson State Park: Take Route 6 to Exit 12 in Orleans, turn left off the ramp onto Route 6A West towards Brewster. Continue for about two miles. Park entrance is on left. There is no entrance fee. 508-896-3491, mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/nick.htm.

Fishing the Cape: Town Line Plaza, 16 Route 28, West Harwich. 508-432-1200. fishingthecape.com

Goose Hummock Shop: 15 Route 6A, Orleans, 508-255-0455. goose.com

Classes and Guides: Trout Unlimited Cape Cod (capecodtu.org) offers fly-fishing classes the third weekend in May at Spectacle Pond in Sandwich. Classes are $249 for adults, $329 for a parent and teen. Guides like Scott Dietrich (greatmarshkayaktours.com/fly_fishing_tour.htm) and Steve Kean (508-561-7102, capecodfishingexpeditions.com) will organize freshwater and saltwater fishing trips. Fishing the Cape and Goose Hummock can recommend guide services as well.