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 needed.

Fresh water fishing requires a Massachusetts Fishing License for all 15 year olds and up. Eastham also offers fresh water fishing in one 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.

2017 Salt Pond Shellfishing Schedule

Weekly Fishing Report from Goose Hummock Shop

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