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Trout Fishing Cape Cod With Spoons and Stickbaits

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Note from Ryan: This post was originally published on April 5th, 2019. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post, because freshwater is where all the action is at right now until the stripers arrive!

Right now is one of the most exciting times of the year on Cape Cod. Everyone is chomping at the bit for the arrival of striped bass.

We still have a few more weeks until the first schoolie stripers migrate to the Cape, but until then many anglers here on MFCC have been hitting the kettle ponds for trout.

Cape Cod is blessed with hundreds of gorgeous little ponds. Many of these kettle ponds were carved out thousands of years ago by glaciers during the last ice age. The ponds are deep, often have amazingly clear water, and are surrounded by wonderful scenery and nature.


Many of the kettle ponds have recently been stocked with thousands of rainbow, brown, brook and tiger trout. The month of April is hands down one of the best months to target these trout, before water temperatures start to heat up.

Tackle & Equipment For Cape Cod Trout Fishing

Earlier in the week I had good luck fly fishing for trout on Cape Cod, so this past Wednesday afternoon I decided to try my luck with the spinning rod. For this trip, I brought along stickbaits and spoons, which Erik Wisniewski from the Goose Hummock Shops recommended to me.

According to Erik, one of the hottest new trout lures this season has been the 58mm (2.28 inch) 3.2g Nomad Riptide stickbait. 

These lures were shipped in all the way from Australia! They have a nice slow-sinking action, and they glide through the water when retrieved at a medium speed. 

The other lure which Erik recommended was the old reliable Thomas Buoyant spoon. This lure has been around for a long while, and has fooled countless amounts of trout over the years.

The buoyant spoon, when retrieved slowly through the water, sets forth a wobbling action, which trout often cannot resist.

The spinning setup I used during this trip is the same setup I would use for largemouth bass. I have also caught schoolie stripers on this setup, and I plan on trying it out for albies. 

The rod is a Temple Fork Outfitters Professional, is 6'6" long and rated for 1/16 to 1/4 ounces (here's a link). The reel is a Shimano Nasci 2500.

I have the reel spooled up with 15 pound moss green Power Pro braid. For a leader, I am using a 10 pound three foot section of Seagur Blue Label fluorocarbon, tied direct to the lure.

April Cape Cod Trout Fishing On Video

For this trip I decided to bring my GoPro cameras and create a video out of the experience. If you are new to trout fishing, then watching this video will definitely help get you started.

In the video I am wade fishing a kettle pond in this area of Cape Cod. I start by casting the stickbait but then end up switching to the spoon, which produced 3 nice rainbow trout and several missed hits.

If you are a member of My Fishing Cape Cod, then click play below to watch the full 12 minute video from the trip. If you are not a member, then you can click play to watch a short preview.

  1. What are your favorite spots on Cape Cod? Im trying to find new areas to cast off land.

    1. There’s lots of great spots. For freshwater fishing, Cape Cod has over 300 ponds. Lots of options!

      Today I was fishing the kettle ponds of Brewster. Check them out on Google Earth, or make a post in our forum and we’ll happily share more info. 👍

  2. Awesome knowledge of fundamentals of freshwater fishing you provided along with J.B.and the FORUM members

    1. Glad you found the post useful. Thanks for following along with MFCC! 🤙🏻

  3. Great little video! I have the Thomas spoon you used. I am anxious to try it out! I have been out several times this Spring, in the ponds near me at the Cape and also at a pond well known to me in the Worcester area. No luck yet! But I sure do love just being out there! I like how you talk about different retrieves….food for thought! Presentation may be one of my issues! I get hung up on the bottom a lot! Catch a lot of leaves! Anyway, thanks for a nice video! Great job as always.
    BTW, What video editor do you use for your GoPro?

    1. Sounds good Leslie. If you’re catching leaves, then maybe try speeding up the retrieve a little bit? Could be worth a shot. Also don’t be bashful about posting to the 2019 Trout Thread within our forum. The guys in their have been super helpful!

      For editing video, I use iMovie on my Mac computer.


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