Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report – September 23, 2016

The Big Ditch has been consistent, with the night bite definitely most productive around the east end from Sagamore Bridge out. Live eels are accounting for many bass in the 20 to 25-pound class, with bucktails and leadhead/soft plastic combinations a close second. Savage Sand Eels in darker colors, including blue or green mackerel, have been effective, along with Gag’s Whip-it Eels and Tails.

There have been brief moments of topwater activity at both the east and west ends, but mainly these have been smaller bass; white, yellow and green pencil poppers are good choices along with Daiwa SP Minnows.

Pogies, Atlantic sauries, whiting and mackerel make up the main body of baitfish, with some peanut bunker still around, as well as baby herring. Twitch Washburn reported that there are some squid in the land cut as well; perhaps their presence is why white has been a good color on plugs.

There are mackerel out in Cape Cod Bay and with the combination of winds out of the north this weekend and much lower temperatures, there is always the chance that some of the bass out in the bay will school up and follow the macks into the east end. The word is that Boston Harbor is still holding some sizeable bass and it will be interesting to see whether those fish move across the bay and around Provincetown or perhaps move down the coast where they will certainly find the mackerel.