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The state of Massachusetts prides itself on its premier fishing opportunities so much that its nickname is “The Codfish State.” This is the epicenter of the East Coast angling action. If you’ve never experienced the thrill this rich fishery has to offer and you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – there are plenty of Massachusetts fishing charters to help you out.

Both saltwater and freshwater action are top notch here, but it’s fishing for the monster Bluefin Tuna that steals the show. Add to that huge Sharks, Bluefish, Halibut, Pollock, Haddock, Tautog, Black Seabass, and Flounder, and you’ve got a party. Massive Striped Bass are also very popular, both because of their size and numbers.

Exploring the rivers and lakes of Massachusetts will also put you on the trail of many A-listers. Think Atlantic Salmon, Striped Bass, Black Bass, as well as Trout species – Brookies, Rainbows, Browns, and Lakers. Love catching fishing even in winter? Ice fishing in Massachusetts won’t disappoint.

Because Massachusetts fishing charters are so numerous, you’ll find just about every type of fishing trip on offer. Expeditions that last anywhere from 8 hours to a couple of days are perfect for Tuna chasers. Families and beginners will have a great time on shorter excursions as well, targeting plenty of bottom fish. Specialized trips are very common as well.

Some of the top fishing hotspots in Massachusetts are Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, Cape Ann, Boston, as well as Connecticut and Merrimack Rivers. You just can’t go wrong with an angling adventure in the Bay State!

Rules & Regulations

Whether you’re fishing on your own or with a charter, in freshwater or the deepest reaches of the North Atlantic, you’ll need a valid Massachusetts fishing license. Catch limits and seasons differ depending on where you fish, so get informed before you head out.

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January

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 if you don’t mind the cold, larger vessels often run year-round.

February

Ice fishing in Massachusetts may not make the headlines but it’s still well worth checking out, especially if you’re hungry for some action. In the saltwater realm, you can find decent Cod and Pollock, and even some Halibut.

March

Celebrate Massachusetts’s incredible fishing heritage without actually going outdoors at the Hyannis Boatbuilders’ Show. Otherwise, hit the water on a calm day and spend some time battling delicious bottom fish.

April

The spring season starts off 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. The Brook Trout bite really picks up in April, so there’s a lot for you to do.

May

Do you like fishing for Striped Bass? Are you 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

June marks the beginning of the tournament season, with Hull’s South Shore Striper Tournament, Fairhaven’s Bad Daddy Tog, and Seabass and Scup Tournament, to name a few. Bottom dwellers are hungry and there are more and more Tuna around.

July

It’s the middle of summer, and Tuna and Sharks show up in force! See the best of them at the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament in New Bedford. There are a lot of big Sharks prowling in the deep, as well as Tautog, Black Seabass, and Haddock.

August

From Stripers and Bluefish to Makos and White Marlin, just about all bragworthy fish are around and biting in August. If you’re looking for a challenge, the Gloucester Bluefin Blowout is about as good as it gets for competitive Tuna fishing.

September

Action is still going strong towards the end of the summer, with great numbers of bottom fish, Sharks, Marlin, and of course, Tuna. Inland waters are brimming with Kokanee and Stripers, and the Trout bite is just as strong.

October

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, you won’t regret it!

November

Things are winding down and every day, more Massachusetts fishing charters are pulling their boats out of the water. Most migratory fish have moved on but you can still find Tautog, Stripers, Bluefish, and Flounder inshore, and Cod, Pollock, Halibut, and Haddock offshore.

December

The fishing fun doesn’t stop when temperatures drop below freezing. Find a lake or a section of water that’s frozen solid and put your ice fishing skills to the test. If you’re feeling competitive, there are ice fishing tournaments you can check out.

Massachusetts Fishing Calendar

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I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
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I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
Frank  T.
Frank T. Brewster, Massachusetts
Enjoy the scenery, I’m from Boston but fishing around Boston harbor is always a good feeling
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Enjoy the scenery, I’m from Boston but fishing around Boston harbor is always a good feeling
Sy  P.
Sy P. Malden, Massachusetts
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Brad  C.
Brad C. E BRIDGEWTR, MA
Go out with a pro and be upfront about what you'd like to learn and accomplish.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go out with a pro and be upfront about what you'd like to learn and accomplish.
Jane  A.
Jane A. Gloucester, MA
Short drive of Boston. Added as part of a Boston vacation plan. One of the highlights of our trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Short drive of Boston. Added as part of a Boston vacation plan. One of the highlights of our trip.
Michael  Z.
Michael Z. Nuangola, PA
Was a good experience & they worked with us to try to catch what we wanted to.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Was a good experience & they worked with us to try to catch what we wanted to.
Norman  C.
Norman C. West Springfield, Massachusetts
Bring a rain coat just in case, pack prepared, bring a cooler just in case you’re lucky
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring a rain coat just in case, pack prepared, bring a cooler just in case you’re lucky
Paul  G.
Paul G. Needham, MA
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Gregory  B.
Gregory B. Erie, PA
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
Sherry  P.
Sherry P. Berlin, VT
book a charter with Morning Tauk Charters! Captain Mike never disappoints! Mike D.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
book a charter with Morning Tauk Charters! Captain Mike never disappoints! Mike D.
Mike  D.
Mike D. Lowell, Massachusetts
Yes, but be aware of weather patterns. It can get rough, worth busting a few waves for the experience.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes, but be aware of weather patterns. It can get rough, worth busting a few waves for the experience.
Adam  M.
Adam M. Worcester, MA
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
Stephen  V.
Stephen V. New Bedford, Massachusetts
Call Captain Roger! He will make it worth the trip. Showing you the sights as well as teaching you how to fish!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call Captain Roger! He will make it worth the trip. Showing you the sights as well as teaching you how to fish!
Rian  D.
Rian D. Worcester, MA
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Suzanne  T.
Suzanne T. Bloomfield, Connecticut
Be prepared that an hour of your trip is travel time to get you to where you need to be .
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared that an hour of your trip is travel time to get you to where you need to be .
Ted  W.
Ted W. Waterloo, ON
The striper fishing in the harbor is great, even IF targeting schoolies (non-keeper sized)
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The striper fishing in the harbor is great, even IF targeting schoolies (non-keeper sized)
Phil  B.
Phil B. North Easton, Massachusetts
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
Craig  B.
Craig B. Fort Myers, Florida
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
Stacey  R.
Stacey R. North Providence, Rhode Island
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
Jared  B.
Jared B. Marlborough, Massachusetts
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
Lynne  W.
Lynne W. South Yarmouth, MA

Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
Mathew and his crew were determined to catch fish and succeeded! We had a blast and we will be back for more wins!!! Thanks! - Jackie & Jay
Jackie  F.
Jackie F. Derry, New Hampshire
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Fishing charter in Bourne
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 73 reviews
Capt Ross knew where the fish were and what technique was working. He had us on balling bait and chasing stripers the whole trip. Great time.
Kenneth  S.
Kenneth S. Temple, PA
Blue Bandit Charters – Harwich
Blue Bandit Charters – Harwich
Fishing charter in Harwich
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Captain Jim put us on fish instantly and kept them coming so much we gassed with 45 minutes left on the trip. Easily the best charter guide on the cape and was an absolute pleasure. 10/10 will return
Daniel  M.
Daniel M. Avon, CT
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Boston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Captain Mike and his crew know their stuff. We caught some great stripers and bluefish. My favorite part was that we got to try a multitude of fishing techniques from casting to slow-trolling and jigging. It was a great day overall and I would highly recommend letting the Fishbucket crew show you where the fish are in Boston!
Casey  B.
Casey B. Winston-Salem, NC
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Eastham
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Great time, Great Captain and 1st mate who made it easy fun and tons of Blues!! Very happy!
Garth  F.
Garth F. Somerset, MA
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
Went on an afternoon fishing trip. Caught plenty of baitfish but unfortunately only caught one 24” striped bass. We all had a great time. Captain and crew were friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. I would definitely recommend and would definitely book another trip on the Lyla Rose in the future.
Steven  F.
Steven F. United States
Keepin It Reel Charters
Keepin It Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Marblehead
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 43 reviews
100% recommend the trip to anyone. He puts you on fish and it’s a great time. It wasn’t like any other charter I’ve been on. It was more like fishing with a friend you’ve known for years. Def will be back again on our next visit.
Tyler  B.
Tyler B. Corry, PA
Salt Shaker Charters
Salt Shaker Charters
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 96 reviews
Knowledgeable and fun crew. Doug was very helpful and definitely knows how to fish. Capt. Dan was superb and knew the waters.
Peter  M.
Peter M. United States
First Light Sportfishing
First Light Sportfishing
Fishing charter in East Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
We had a great time. The crew was awesome! Couldn’t have been a better trip!!
Kristopher  B.
Kristopher B. Worcester, MA
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
We have chartered fishing trips all over the states. The captain Matt and the first mate Tim put us on fish, and were enjoyable to fish with.
Gil  L.
Gil L. Benton Harbor, MI
Keepin It Reel Charters
Keepin It Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Marblehead
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 43 reviews
Awesome day. Captain put me on fish right from the start. Will definitely come back!
Drew  F.
Drew F. Austin, TX
Janine B Sportfishing
Janine B Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Crew made a great effort to make this trip a success and enjoyable. Well done!
Thomas  S.
Thomas S. Emmaus, PA
First Light Sportfishing
First Light Sportfishing
Fishing charter in East Dennis
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
Started the morning off with lite rain. These guys worked their butts off , unfortunately the fish just weren’t biting , had 4 hookups only landed 1.
Wayne  W.
Wayne W. Cookstown, NJ
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
We had a great trip with Matt. He was very attentive to our groups request and needs before and during the trip. He has great knowledge and experience of the local fishing area and has also been everywhere fishing. He knows his stuff. If you’re in Gloucester and want a fishing trip, I highly recommend booking a trip with him.
Doug  G.
Doug G. Washington, DC
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Weymouth
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 117 reviews
We had a wonderful time on our four hour Blues and Bass trip! We caught about 7 fish total, but were only able to keep two (based on the size and type of fish). The captain taught us how to use the equipment, filleted the fish for us once we were back on board, and also provided us with some delicious recipes we could use for cooking the fish! Captain Roger was friendly, knowledgeable, and overall a great guide!
Hannah  R.
Hannah R. Malden, Massachusetts
Lady J. Sportfishing
Lady J. Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Barnstable
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 74 reviews
Captain Phil and 1st mate Paul went above and beyond to provide us with a fun day. They’re persistence and experience resulted in us making a strong finish catching 7 stripers
Michael  D.
Michael D. Hyannis, Massachusetts
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
We had an awesome time fishing! Captain Matt made the trip! He was friendly, informative and we had a great time. Worth every penny. His crew was excellent as well. Highly recommend this trip with this captain!
Katie  R.
Katie R. Kentwood, MI
Julia Nicole Charters
Julia Nicole Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Captain Dan went above and beyond what was agreed to help us have a good time. We didn’t catch anything, maybe just the wrong time of year, but we had a great experience. I would use and recommend the Julia Nicole.
Vernon  W.
Vernon W. United States
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
The trip was great. We were treaty to a sunny day as well as a great captain and crew. The waves and the fish did not cooperate so much. Seas were to rough to go far our, so we trolled the bay. We did not get a bite. So, we trolled some of the channels on the way back in. We ended up catching 7 striped bass. We would take the trip again and recommend it.
Keith  C.
Keith C. Cincinnati, OH
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Fishing charter in Bourne
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 73 reviews
Captain Ross and his mate, JJ were a great time! We had a blast hunting for the fish and catching them too! They were knowledgeable and helpful, accommodating all levels of skill. We are already planning our next trip! We would recommend calling captain Ross directly before you book, as he switches up what he fishes for depending on the season and availability. He will be able to tell you what he’s going for at the moment! You will not be disappointed!
Nicholas  C.
Nicholas C. East Falmouth, Massachusetts

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Massachusetts

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Massachusetts costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $567, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $919. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Massachusetts is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Lyla Rose Fishing Charters, Salt Reaper Charters, and Janine B Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Massachusetts. Full list of top fishing charters in Massachusetts.

Salt Reaper Charters and Janine B Sportfishing received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Massachusetts.

The best way to experience fishing in Massachusetts is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Massachusetts.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Bluefish, and Tuna (Bluefin). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and jigging. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The fishing fun doesn’t stop when temperatures drop below freezing. Find a lake or a section of water that’s frozen solid and put your ice fishing skills to the test. If you’re feeling competitive, there are ice fishing tournaments you can check out. Check availability for local fishing charters in Massachusetts.