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.
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.
Equipment & Tackle:
Here on MFCC we have loads more information about trout fishing Cape Cod. The buttons below will take you to our Freshwater Fishing Database, and our super popular 2019 Trout Fishing Thread in the MFCC forum.
*To access a map of the general area on Cape Cod fished during this trip, members of MFCC can click here.
The wind was howling this past Wednesday afternoon and it was cold! The trip ended up being worth the effort, with 3 beautiful rainbows caught and several more missed hits in about 2.5 hours of fishing.
Trout fishing on Cape Cod is a great way to usher in the season. Just being outside at one of Cape Cod's many beautiful, scenic and peaceful kettle ponds is enough - catching a trout is a bonus!
Over the next few weeks I hope you are able to give freshwater fishing on Cape Cod a try. Make sure to let us know in the forum how things are going for you, and if you need advice and tips, then just ask - myself and the members in our forum are always happy to help.
For my next trip I am thinking about targeting white perch, which I've been told migrate into brackish estuary waters during April to spawn. White perch are a close cousin to the striped bass, and they are also delicious table fare. I will let you know how things go!