Note from Ryan: This post from Steve was originally published on April 11, 2016. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post, because many of the Cape's ponds were recently stocked with trout.
by Stephen Madden
Trout stocking in Massachusetts began on March 7th this year. As of today, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has stocked most of the popular trout ponds in Southeastern Mass.
These stocking locations and updates will give you a listing of the ponds stocked, and when they were stocked. This schedule is updated every Friday at noon. All this info can help you target freshly stocked trout!
The best part is that most of these freshly stocked trout will eagerly bite with aggression. Casting lures from the banks of these ponds can be very effective.
Casting for Trout
Aggressive trout are attracted to bright and flashy lures that thump, vibrate or are jigged.
All this movement excites their lateral line, making for some incredible strikes!
Some of my favorite metals are:
I also like casting a suspending jerk bait that can be reeled in quickly, then abruptly stopped. This suspends the bait in the water column, and for aggressive trout this retrieve is virtually irresistible.
Sometimes during the early stockings, the trout bite can suddenly fall off. Some of the factors causing this could be that the trout are heavily fed at the hatcheries and are not that hungry.
Another factor could be that the temperature may not be warm enough, causing them to move and find an area more suitable to there likings.
Power Bait Etc.
When the lure bite dies, what I like to do is change tactics and switch to fishing off the bank of a pond, with a rod and reel rigged up to fish bait just off the bottom.
To do this, pound a stick or stake into the sand. Lean your rod against the stick or stake after you cast your offering into a fishy spot. Now all you have to do is wait for a trout to cruise the shoreline and grab your offering.
My favorite method is to thread a sliding non-lead egg sinker onto my main line. I then slide a small plastic bead onto the same main line. Next I tie a barrel swivel to the end of that line.
Stephen Madden (aka “stripervision”) first joined My Fishing Cape Cod in 2012. Since then he has published many helpful posts on the site. Steve enjoys fishing for a variety of different species, including stripers, black sea bass, and of course trout!