Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report
Once again the Canal fished well this past weekend. While I was at my buddy’s wedding I received numerous Cape Cod Canal fishing reports from guys who did well Saturday morning at the Ditch.
Thanks guys for the solid intel – if only I was able to make it down there for the bite!
I may have missed out on some nice bass in the 20 and 30 pound class, however the fishing this coming week has arguably even more potential than this past weekend. I’d expect to receive a few more positive Cape Cod Canal fishing reports throughout this week – if you happen to have a great trip, please tell us about it!
I hit up the Ditch this morning at sunrise and was greeted by breaking bass spraying bait all over the surface. I could actually see the action through the trees as I rigged up my gear by my car.
The surface activity was pretty impressive from 5AM – 5:30AM. Bass were spraying small bait fish and slapping their tails from one side of the Cape Cod Canal to the other. Most of the fish looked to be on the small side and were finicky to say the least.
However my big pencil popper did get a few good whacks. Despite all the activity I could not muster a hook up with any of the 30 inch class stripers feeding in front of me. A few guys to the left and right of me did land fish that were on the smaller end of the spectrum.
I had a few hundred tinker mackerel swim by me on a two separate occasions. I’m guessing that the small bass feeding in front of me were chowing down on the same bait fish that the tinkers may have been hunting.
Of course as soon as I had packed it in and called it a morning I got a text about a nice 30 pound bass taken this morning at the Cape Cod Canal, and got word from Bruce over at Canal Bait that a few other 25 pound class fish were also just caught. I suppose I was just not in the right spot at the right time this morning.
Those two promising reports were enough motivation for me to make a quick drive to the Sandwich bulkhead and take a look around. Sure enough there were bass on the surface, however they were smack dab in the middle of the Canal – about 400 feet out which is way out of my casting range.
So I sat there, drank my coffee, chatted a bit with my fishing buddy Jeff and watched the fish hammer bait on the surface.
I think this week could produce some phenomenal Canal fishing for anyone willing to get up early and make the trip down. The three top factors in my book for successful Canal fishing seem to be shaping up nicely for this coming week.
1) Perfect tides
2) Tons of bait
3) Plenty of striped bass
I’ll be out in the boat all day tomorrow so I may not get down to the Canal again until Wednesday. If you are able to make it down there good luck!
So far this spring has been incredible at the Ditch, so cross your fingers that the good fishing picks up once again this week.
Click here for more information on the best times, lures, tides and areas to fish the Canal this week.
And please feel free to post your own Cape Cod Canal fishing report in the members forum or in the comment section.
Tight lines and go get ‘em,