Massachusetts Fishing and Saltwater Fishing License

To really get the best Cape Cod fishing, you may want to take advantage of a fishing charter that will help you plan the best trip, explain the fish you’ll catch, and point out other wildlife along the way and no extra license is needed.

Freshwater fishing requires a Massachusetts Fishing License for all 15-year-olds and up. Eastham also offers freshwater fishing in some of its many kettle ponds throughout the area. The Eastham ponds include:

  • Depot Pond (25 Acres, bass & pickerel)
  • Great Pond (109 Acres, bass & pickerel)
  • Herring Pond  (43 Acres, stocked trout, bass, pickerel & white perch)
  • Minister Pond (21 Acres, bass & pickerel)


Phone: 508-240-5976

Shellfishing is a classic activity on the Outer Cape. For an introduction to this favorite pastime, Salt Pond is available on Sundays throughout the year and is stocked with quahogs, littlenecks and steamers — oysters are also available in the fall. Bring your shellfish permit, rake, basket and sneakers and have some fun.

Permits are required and available at the Natural Resources Department at 555 Old Orchard Road, Eastham.

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