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Hardy anglers catch Cod and Pollock while freshwater enthusiasts hit frozen lakes for productive ice fishing. Most boats on Cape Cod are out of the water, but larger vessels often run year-round.
The ice fishing Massachusetts has to offer may not make the headlines but it’s still well worth checking out. Otherwise, Boston Winterfest has ice skating, dog sledding, snowmen competitions, and more.
Celebrate Massachusetts’s incredible fishing heritage without actually going outdoors at the Hyannis Boatbuilders’ Show. Otherwise, head out in search of Cod, Pollock, Halibut, and other resident groundfish.
The spring season starts with a bang. Good numbers of Striped Bass and Tautog show up in the shallows, and the first Bluefish appear towards the end of the month. Brook Trout really pick up in April, too.
Up for some healthy competition? Join the Spring Sea Run Opener to take on big Stripers and support local charities in the process. Scup and Seabass are both open for harvest from May onwards.
June is tournament season, with Hull’s South Shore Striper Tournament, Fairhaven’s Bad Daddy Tog, Seabass and Scup Tournament, Beverly’s North Shore Striper Blitz, and so much more.
Tuna and Sharks show up in force. See the best of them at the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament in New Bedford. Boston Harborfest celebrates Independence Day with 6 full days of festivities.
Everything from Stripers and Bluefish to Makos and White Marlin are around in August. If you’re looking for a challenge, the Gloucester Bluefin Blowout is about as good as it gets for competitive Tuna fishing.
Head to East Falmouth’s Scallop Fest to enjoy these delicious shellfish. Otherwise, New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival has fishing contests, cooking classes, and so much seafood to enjoy.
October is your last chance to take on deep sea pelagics like Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna or Blue, Mako, Thresher, and Porbeagle Sharks. Head out for an epic battle as the summer season rolls to a close.
Most migratory fish have moved on but you can still find Tautog, Stripers, Bluefish, and Flounder inshore. Offshore, Cod, Pollock, Halibut, Haddock, and more can show up if you brave the waves.
Head to the First Night Arts Celebration to ring in the new year in style! There are Christmas fairs and parades in towns across the state, and ice fishing tournaments out on the lakes.