Cape Cod & the Islands have lots of fresh and salt water fishing locations

With its ocean surf, sheltered harbors, and freshwater ponds, Cape Cod & the Islands offer a broad palette of choices for fishermen. Limitations are few and access to the water is plentiful. Here are a few rules:
  • Massachusetts does not require a license for recreational saltwater angling, but a commercial permit is required when any fish are sold.
  • Recreational shellfishing is permitted in designated clean areas and regulated by the individual towns. Contact the towns’ departments of natural resources for local regulations and permits.
  • Non-commercial lobster permits are required to fish for or take lobsters for personal use, using a maximum of 10 pots. This permit covers the holder and members of the holder's immediate family. To renew a non-commercial lobster permit online, go to MassOutdoors, the website of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game. Help line for MassOutdoors is 617-626-1600.
  • See detailed regulations for recreational fishing at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.
  • See below for some surf fishing access locations on Cape Cod.
Fishing Spot - Nickerson State Park - Brewster, MA
Nickerson State Park

3488 Main Street - Route 6A Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-896-3491

Inland park offers lots of camping; fresh water swimming, fishing and paddling; hiking and biking

This park is in the pine woods of inland Cape Cod, but an easy walk or bike ride to Cape Cod Bay. Swimming and fishing are done at eight fresh-water kettle ponds. Ponds are stocked year-round with trout (catch-and-release). - Trail Map (PDF)
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge - Photo Credit Trustees of Reservations
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Wasque Reservation, East Beach

Dike Road - on Chappaquiddick Island Edgartown, MA, 02539 Phone: 508-627-7689

Surf fishing from magnificent barrier beach on the east side of this island, on a protected coastal reserve. - Trail Map (PDF)
Lowell Holly Reservation - Mashpee, MA - Photo Credit Trustees of Reservations
Lowell Holly

South Sandwich Road Mashpee, MA, 02649 Phone: 508-636-4693

Two freshwater ponds and stocked with fish. Open: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.