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Sportfishing, charters, tackle

Plymouth is a fisherman's paradise, with miles of coastline and hundreds of ponds (Plymouth is rumored to have a different pond for every day of the year!)


Click here to see the South Shore tide chart

Trout stocking
Many of Plymouth's ponds are stocked with trout in the springtime by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game. Weather permitting, spring trout stocking will begin the by mid-March of this year
Click here for a list of locations and the updated schedule.

Saltwater fishing Guide
Click here to see the Saltwater fishing Guide, and regulations posted on the Mass Division of Marine Fisheries website.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Just off the coast, at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, is the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. For centuries, Stellwagen Bank has proved to be a rich and productive fishing ground, particularly for groundfish species like cod, haddock and flounder. Fishermen have also been able to catch giant Atlantic bluefin tuna and large sharks. Recreational fishing is allowed in the sanctuary. Some restrictions on fishing have been put in place that affect fishing in sanctuary waters, including rolling closures for groundfishing and catch limits for individual species.

Cape Cod Canal
A favorite spot for fishermen, the canal is said to offers more productive striper spots for its area than any other location on the Striper Coast. For more information about striper fishing click here:
Just 15 minutes southeast of Plymouth on Route 3, (click here to see map) there is access on both sides of the canal, for virtually its entire length. Parking available at several points along route.

Boat ramps

For saltwater fishing
Town Wharf (Concrete ramp)
Downtown Plymouth on the waterfront (Click to see map)

Ramp on Taylor Avenue in the Manomet Section of Plymouth

For freshwater fishing:
Long Pond (Concrete ramp)
Off Clark road (Click here to see a map)
Click here for a description of pond and fish species

Sandy Pond (Gravel ramp)
Off Blueberry Road in South Plymouth (Click to see a map)

Great Herring Pond (Gravel ramp)
Off Herring Pond Road. (Click to see a map)
Click here for a description of pond and fish species

Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby
Each year March 1 through November 30 the MarineFisheries conducts the Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby. This is a free derby, meaning no entry fees. Fish entered must be caught by hook and line and measured and weighed at a MarineFisheries-certified official weigh station. All entries will receive a derby pin and at the end of the derby year, trophies will be awarded to anglers who landed the heaviest fish in each species category. Winners are chosen in three divisions - men, women, and juniors (age 15 and younger). Click here for more info.


Fun Excursions:
Tours on land, sea,
and by air


Places to stay

Plymouth's restaurants

fishing couple

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