Each spring, herring migrate from the open ocean into Cape Cod streams and rivers.
For centuries on Cape Cod, river herring were harvested for many different reasons. However today, they are a protected species.
According to what I've heard, herring have so far been spotted in Middleboro and Orleans. Have you seen any herring? Please let me know by commenting below!
I personally have not yet seen any, although I haven't really been looking for them. Last year I spotted herring for the first time at the Bournedale herring run on April 9th.
If you are just as fascinated by the herring migration as I am, then you might enjoy the following video.
Some of you might actually recognize this video as part of the "Angler Education" series which has been airing during commercial breaks of season four of My Fising Cape Cod TV.
These segments feature my favorite underwater and drone footage of Cape fish and wildlife.
Please click play below to watch!
More schools of herring will arrive with each passing week throughout the spring. Once the month of May rolls around, striped bass will arrive on Cape and will begin hunting the herring.
Right now is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the season. I know many people are "chomping at the bit" for the saltwater season to kick off, and the arrival of the herring is always great to see.
I've included some more links below for members of My Fishing Cape Cod who are interested in learning more about herring. Please LMK if you have any questions or herring reports of your own by leaving a comment below.
If you'd like to learn more about the herring migration, then we have the following content here on My Fishing Cape Cod which you might be interested in.
This river herring video was part of our Early Spring Saltwater Fishing episode. Members can click below to access the full 28 minute episode.