This is part #2 of a two part series on fluke fishing in the Canal. Click here to view part #1 about the best bait & tackle.
In the Cape Cod Canal fluke are often found holding on sand bars in areas with a very slow current, or in eddies adjacent to swifter moving currents.
Some of the best locations to find fluke begin with some of the most well-known and easily accessible areas.
Pictured below is a good place to start when targeting fluke in the Big Ditch. The sandy bottom in this area is ideal for bottom bouncing with bait.
While you are in this area, don’t forget to try the opposite sides as well. The calmer slack waters here can also produce fluke.
Another nearby spot that can be productive includes:
The area shown below is also a prime fluke fishing location.
If you are standing on the east side of the above photographed spot, then a west flowing tide is best.
You can stand on the corner and cast out into the canal channel and let the bait swing with current into the slack water at the channel's entrance where it’ll drop to the bottom. Keep a wary eye on the boat traffic, which will be entering and exiting over your line(s).
Moving a little west, the two areas below are also good places to try.
The current here is slower than in the main channel so it’s easier to reach bottom.
Moving further west, the sandbar at the below spot on the Cape side has always been one of my favorite fluke fishing hotspots.
The key here is casting up current and getting the drift exactly right so that the bait bounces in a very specific line onto the sandbar in front of the big drain pipe.
On the far west end of the canal, on the Cape Cod side, prime fluke fishing locations include “Bourne Public Landing” and the spot photographed below.
Although the fluke will vary in size, you always stand a decent chance at landing a keeper doormat in these two spots. Here, a high, west-flowing tide is best.
Hint, the natural forage that thrives here are chubs (mummichogs, killfish, etc).
Also worth mentioning is the area located directly across the channel on the mainland side, which always has plenty of room to choose from.
Depending on the stage of the tide, you can fish the small sandy beach area where you first enter the parking lot, or you can try the deep, swirling hole adjacent to the tug boat pier.
If you like to explore and seek out your own flat-fishing hotspots it can be worth the effort.
During low tide, look for areas with smooth bottom contours along sandy points or submerged humps. There are a myriad of sand bars, points and eddies to be explored along the entire stretch of the canal that can hold fluke during the height of summer.
With a little time, effort and exploration, you can literally flatfish your way through the dog days of summer in the Big Ditch.
A map of some of the best spots on the Canal to target fluke
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John D. Silva is an award winning outdoor writer and photographer with over 45 years of experience fishing inland and coastal waters in the United States and Canada. An active member in the New England Outdoor Writer’s Association, he has published feature articles, columns and photos in a variety of popular outdoor publications, including On the Water Magazine, N. Carolina Sportsman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Sporting Classics, Coastal Angler, and The Fisherman magazine among others.