Yesterday I took a break from saltwater, and went snorkeling at a local freshwater pond. The abundant sunshine and crystal clear water made it feel almost tropical!
Cape Cod is famous for its saltwater beaches and saltwater fishing, but it's also home to more than 300 beautiful ponds-most of which were formed thousands of years ago by receding glaciers.
The first fish I saw during yesterday's snorkeling adventure were baby largemouth bass. This school of tiny fish were congregated near the shoreline, in less than three feet of water.
The next species I encountered were yellow perch. It appeared that the schools of yellow perch were attracted to a big sandy spot which had been cleared of leaves, algae and other fallen debris.
Throughout the course of my 45 minute long snorkeling session, I probably saw about a half dozen largemouth bass. The majority of the bass were on the small side, measuring an estimated 8-14 inches in length.
However, I did encounter one lunker of a largemouth. This bass was "sitting" on the bottom in the weeds. When it caught sight of me, the fish slowly rose and began to calmly swim away.
I'm not sure how big the bass was, but it was by far the most substantial fish I saw all day. You can get a quick glimpse of the lunker by playing the video below.
The big fish appears at the 1 minute 9 second mark.
I really enjoyed my time yesterday snorkeling freshwater. During the summer I get so caught up in saltwater fishing, that I often forget about the great freshwater fishing opportunities that exist throughout the Cape!
For more information about freshwater, My Fishing Cape Cod members can click the links below to open our freshwater fishing database, our freshwater fishing forum, and more:
The activity inside the freshwater fishing forum is a little slow right now, because most of our members are focused on saltwater fishing.
However, if you make a post inside the freshwater forum, then I'm sure either myself or another one of our members will be happy to provide you with a reply.
Best of luck if you head out fishing this week! There are plenty of great options right now on Cape Cod, but on the freshwater side of things and the salt.