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Boston Harbor is historically famous for many things. You may be surprised to hear, but Boston Harbor fishing charters are now on the rise, and a top reason why people visit here! The waters, which weren't too fresh in the last century, have been cleaned up and the fish you can catch in the harbor are both plentiful and delicious.

The fish you’ll be able to target here include Striped Bass, Winter Flounder, Bluefish, Cod, and plenty more. This is a prime fishery for Flounder, with fish ranging from 18–20 inches and weighing 4 pounds.

Boston Harbor Fishing Spots

Whether you choose to fish the islands in the harbor, head further offshore for Bluefin Tuna, or even fly fish on the piers, you’ll love fishing in Boston Harbor. In the harbor, there are reefs, wrecks, shoals, and underwater structures that many fish call home. In the wrecks, you’ll find Mackerel, Tomcod, Tautog, Pollock, and Cunner. There are 30 islands to explore here!

Boston Harbor offers over 20 access points to reach these varying and excellent fisheries.

Castle Island

On the edge of the harbor entrance and connected via land is Castle Island, making this a perfect place for pier fishing. It’s a very popular area, so come early to get a good spot. Expect to hook Striped Bass, Bluefish, Cunner, and at some points, Winter Flounder, too.

Spectacle Island

One of the closest islands to the harbor is Spectacle Island. You can escape city life and be at the island in a short 20-minute boat ride. This is one of the few islands with a marina. Anglers here will catch Striped Bass and Bluefish here.

Lovells Island

Head two islands over to Lovells Island, where the water can reach depths of 40 feet. Bluefish and Striped Bass can be caught here. Close to Lovells Island is the Narrows – captains are likely to take you here to catch bait fish.

Brewster Islands

These are a collection of islands and include Great, Little, Middle, and Outer Brewster. These islands are a great spot for Bluefish, Flounder, Striped Bass, Haddock, Cod, and Skate. It’s worth heading out a little further to these productive waters!

Stellwagen Bank

Head 37 miles out of the harbor for some offshore fishing at the excellent fishery at Stellwagen Bank. This is where you’ll catch Bluefin Tuna, which are regularly 80 pounds but can reach 200. You’re also likely to see whales and dolphins here during the season.

Fishing Tips

  • For great results, try chunking. You’ll catch big Bluefish this way. Drifting with live eels is another top method.

  • The space between Lovells Island and Georges Island is the Narrows and is a great place to stock up on live bait. Striped Bass eat a lot of different prey, including crabs, Tomcod, sea worms, alewife, and Flounder.

  • Trolling for Striped Bass is an effective technique around the Harbor Islands.

Need to Know

Dress for the weather on the water, not the weather on land. This can be a difference of 20 degrees!

When deciding which fish to keep, always go for the smaller ones. Not only do they taste better, but you’ll also help keep the fishery healthy by releasing the big breeders.


Most Boston Harbor fishing charters provide a license for their customers. If fishing alone, you’ll need to purchase your own fishing license.


Half day trips are usually between $400–$500 for four people. Full days trips can be between $650–$800 for six people. If heading out of Boston Harbor for offshore fishing, prices start at $1,000 for 10 hours.

Getting There

Fly into Boston Logan International Airport and you’ll find yourself practically in the Harbor already!

It’s time to book a Boston Harbor fishing charter. You’ll have a fantastic time going after some tasty fish. The waters are as rich in diversity as they are in history!


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Boston Harbor Fishing Seasons


Temperatures can drop to 23°F – embrace the winter and go ice skating or watch a hockey match. Warm up at the wine festival.


On land, you can watch the  Annual Boston Beanpot Hockey Tournament or celebrate the Chinese New Year.


There are plenty of celebrations happening around the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, for both those over 21 as well as those under.


The fishery starts to pick up, with Atlantic Mackerel arriving in the Harbor. Patriots Day is held mid-April and there are plenty of free events to join.


May to July is great for Flounder, especially in waters between 10–30 inches deep. The Striped Bass will be in full swing now.


June is a fantastic month for good-sized Bass and Bluefish. Join in the famous Boston Harbor Striper Shootout! Whale watching is great for kids this month.


Younger anglers will love the Annual Fan Pier Celebrity Youth Fishing Tournament. There are plenty of activities happening around Independence Day.


Support a great cause and join in the “Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Annual Youth Fishing Tournament” on Fan Pier.


This is the month for festivals, especially for food and drink. Beer, Asian food, Medieval fair, and more are all happening this month. Temperatures will stay around 74°F.


Celebrate Columbus Day with a parade in the center of town. October is the last month where you can catch Flounder and Bluefish.


As the temperature drops, ice skating opens. This is the last month for reeling in Striped Bass.


December is all about Christmas – watch the holiday lights come on in Boston. This is the last month to target Codfish.

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What People Are Saying About Boston Harbor

3 hour trip
Roxanne C. fished with Fishbucket Sportfishing on July 29, 2019
Enjoy the experience. This was my first time and I caught 4 fish.
Midnight charters
Jim C. fished with Midnight Charters Sport Fishing on July 5, 2019
Yes Totally!! Roger was awesome...never gave up!
Half day trip with Captain Dan
Paul G. fished with First Bite Charters on June 20, 2019
Bring a rain coat just in case, pack prepared, bring a cooler just in case you’re lucky
Half day fishing in rain and fog, on June 20/2019
Norma C. fished with Storm Buster Charters - Boston on June 20, 2019
Be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime!
Half day trip on Storm Buster captained by Vinny Simeone.
Todd R. fished with Storm Buster Charters - Boston on May 29, 2019
Make sure to be prepared for all weather conditions.
Half day trip
Adam M. fished with Fishing Frenzy Charters on September 20, 2018
Yes, but be aware of weather patterns. It can get rough, worth busting a few waves for the experience.
4 hr. Bass trip
Rian D. fished with Midnight Charters Sport Fishing on August 21, 2018
Call Captain Roger! He will make it worth the trip. Showing you the sights as well as teaching you how to fish!
Fishing with Joseph
Earl W. fished with Boston Fish Tales on July 25, 2018
Yes but Captain Joe is the reason why. He know where and how!

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