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Cape Cod Fishing Spots: Bass River Bridge Rt. 28

The Bass River Bridge is one of the most well known fishing spots in the Mid-Cape area. The Bass River Bridge separates the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth on Route 28 in the South Yarmouth/West Dennis area. You can park right on the bridge (if there is a spot open).

Be sure to fish on either side of where the channel cuts under the bridge to avoid getting tangled up with boaters. For the best chance of landing your fish, fish on the downtide side of the bridge (the side of the bridge that the tide is flowing away from). That being said, there are many large Stripers known to hang out under the bridge in the shadowline, but hooking up under the bridge against the tide will result in a lost fish. The barnacles on the bridge pilings will usually cut your line quickly.

From the bridge you can catch Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke (summer flounder), and Winter Flounder in season. For bait, use seaworms, squid, cut bait (herring, pogies, or mackerel), or sand eels. Talk to Lee at Riverview Bait & Tackle (1273 Route 28, S. Yarmouth, MA (508) 394-1036) to find out what being caught and what the hot bait is.

As you fish from the bridge, think of how Bass River must have looked to Leif Ericson the Viking explorer who was thought to venture up this river to Follins Pond in the year 1006.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 04/28/06
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Although you say fishing is still allowed off Bass River bridge, why are there signs on the bridge saying no fishing allowed.  When I first fished salt water this where my father took me and my brothers.  I took my kids there.  What is going on with this situation?  thanks Jim

Posted by Jim ONeil from South Dennis, MA on 05/30/10 at 10:45 PM | #

Hi Jim,

I originally wrote this article in 2006. At that time the no fishing signs were not there. People have fished from Bass River Bridge ever since I can remember…

I believe they put the signs up a couple years ago and people taped over the “No” part of the sign and they have been going back and forth over this issue.

I see people continuing to fish from the bridge, but I am not sure of what kind of trouble you can get in or who is allowed to enforce the no fishing rule.

Posted by Cape Cod from Cape Cod, Massachusetts on 05/31/10 at 01:03 AM | #

I fished off the bridge mon morning and spotted a school of bass passing in about 5 ft of water. they looked to b all keepers. didnt land any though.Better luck next time

Posted by william grimando from whitestone NY on 10/09/12 at 03:36 PM | #

as of sun there were no signs

Posted by william grimando from e dennis on 10/09/12 at 03:53 PM | #

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