Cape Cod is well known for its world-class salt water fishing. Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke, Flounder, Tautog, Mackerel, Bonito, and even Blue Fin Tuna all prowl Cape Cod waters during the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
|Species||Season||Size Limit||Daily Bag Limit||Special Rules|
|Black Sea Bass||May 18–Sept 8||15″||5 fish||Black sea bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail, not including the tail filament.|
|Bluefish||No closed season||No size limit||3 fish||3 fish limit (anglers fishing from shore or private vessels) 5 fish limit (anglers fishing on a for-hire trip)|
|Cod (North of Cape Cod)||Sept 15-30||21″||1 fish|
|Cod (South of Cape Cod)||No closed season||21″||10 fish||Federal rules apply beyond state waters.
Consult NOAA Fisheries for permitting requirements and regulations.
|Fluke||May 23–Oct 9||17″||5 fish|
|Haddock||No closed season||18″||12||Federal rules apply beyond state waters:
Minimum size: 17 inches
Daily limit: 12 fish per angler per day
Private Vessel: Year Around
For hire: Jan 1-Feb 28; Apr 15-Sep 16; Nov 1 – Dec 31
|Halibut||No closed season||41″||1 fish||Federal rules apply beyond state waters. Consult NOAA Fisheries for permitting requirements and regulations.|
|Pollock||No closed season||No Limit||No Limit||Federal rules apply beyond state waters. Consult NOAA Fisheries for permitting requirements and regulations.|
|Scup – Private||No closed season||9″||30 fish|
|Scup – For-Hire Bonus||No season Close||9″||45 fish|
|Striped Bass||No closed season||28" to less than 35"||1 fish||Striped bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail. The discard of dead legal sized striped bass is unlawful. The practice of high-grading, whereby legal sized striped bass are released in favor of larger fish caught subsequently is unlawful. Accordingly, it is also unlawful to keep a striped bass alive in water by attaching a line or chain to the fish, or placing it in a live well or holding car. Striped bass must be kept whole, meaning the head, tail, and body remain intact. Only evisceration is allowed. Permitted for-hire vessels may fillet striped bass for their customers.|
|Tautog||Apr 1 – May 31
June 1 – July 31
Aug 1 – Oct 14
Oct 15 – Dec 31
|Weakfish||No closed season||16″||1 fish|
|Winter Flounder (North of Cape Cod)||All Year||12″||8 fish||Federal rules apply beyond state waters. Consult NOAA Fisheries for permitting requirements and regulations.|
|Winter Flounder (South and East of Cape Cod)||Mar 01–Dec 31||12″||2 fish|
REMEMBER: Always research local rules and regulations before going fishing!
North of Cape Cod:
South of Cape Cod: 21" 10 fish/person/day
5 fish/person/day 15" minimum
3 fish (anglers fishing from shore or private vessels)5 fish (anglers fishing on a for-hire trip)/person/day No size limit
15 fish/person/day - 17" minimum
30 fish/person/day (Private)
45 fish/person/day (For Hire Bonus)
30 fish/person/day (For Hire Regular) 9" minimum
1 Fish limit, 28" to less than 35"
5 fish/person/day 17" minimum
3 fish/person/day 16" minimum
8 fish/person/day (North of Cape Cod)
2 fish/person/day (South and East of Cape Cod) 12" minimum
North Chatham Outfitters partners with the most experienced local Charter Captains on the cape. These charters will take you out fishing along the waters of Cape Cod. If you are interested in fishing for Tuna or Stripe Bass, our partner Charter Captains know the perfect locations and will take you out for an adventure.
North Chatham Outfitters • 300 Orleans Rd., North Chatham, MA 02650 • 508-348-1638 • Winter Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00am-5:30pm • Sun 8:00am-4:00pm
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