Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report – May 18, 2017

Definitely drop off in the activity level from earlier this week in the Big Ditch; Bruce Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore advised that the west end has been the most active recently as the bass are hanging around the schools of mackerel outside the east end. On the turn to the west current, the fish have moved into the land cut as they follow the bait, but they are moving through from east to west almost to Bell Road. Paddle tail type soft plastics are producing a good number of fish and after the 64+-pound bass that was caught on a Hogy Pro Tail Paddle, I imagine that some enterprising Canal regular just might give one a shot as opposed to his or her previous favorite.

A.J. Coots from Red Top in Buzzards Bay explained that while the fishing hasn’t been as incredible as it was on Monday and Tuesday, folks are still doing well throughout the Canal. He saw a photo of a 51-inch bass taken around the fish pier on the mainland side, as well as a 49-inch cow from down around the Maritime Academy and numerous other bass in the 20 to 30-pound class. There has been an early morning topwater bite and A.J. recommended using white or blue plugs to imitate the tinker mackerel or herring that the bass have been chasing; there are also some adult pogies still around. Savage Sand Eels in white/pearl, green, or mackerel patterns continue to do well and folks have been coming in looking for the new Al Gag’s Underspin in the three and four-ounce size.

M&D's in Wareham reports a number of customers getting fish to 25-pounds in the Canal.
M&D’s in Wareham reports a number of customers getting fish to 25-pounds in the Canal.