Come to Scituate for the fishing and stay for the classic New England vibe. Scituate is one of the best-kept secrets on the South Shore, located right in between Boston and Plymouth. Quaint and laid-back but teeming with history, Scituate makes you want to walk on its picturesque streets and take in the lively atmosphere of its historic harbor, take loads of pictures of its many pretty lighthouses, stroll on its serene public beaches, and explore its unique shorelines. It is not your typical tourist town, but anglers will love the many fishing opportunities to be had in the area and appreciate the pride it has for its rich fishing heritage.
If there’s one spot that anglers should visit in Scituate, it is the Scituate Harbor. Considered the primary town center and a designated cultural center, it’s only right to consider Scituate’s top must-visit spot for several reasons. Apart from its diverse range of shops, food places, and entertainment spots, it’s home to a great number of fishing charters specializing in inshore and offshore fishing. This is where you go if you want to fish the Sandy Shoals of Cape Cod, Stellwagen Bay, and Massachusetts Bay. If you’re raring to go shark-fishing and tuna-fishing in summer, you should hit up a Scituate Harbor fishing charter.
Inshore anglers will enjoy exploring the best of what the North and South Rivers have to offer. The rivers themselves and their estuaries are hotspots for kayak anglers targeting striped bass at the beginning of summer. Those who want a more adventurous fishing experience will find a challenging but fruitful time fishing for striped bass at the confluence of North and South Rivers at Fourth Cliff.
Haddock and pollock lead the opening of the fishing season in Scituate around April. Fluke are always in season in Scituate, but they are particularly active from May to September, joining fish species such as striped bass, bluefish, blue shark, and bluefin tuna. As the waters start to cool around September, several fish species bite actively again until November.
Scituate is known both for its rich history and its classic New England atmosphere. So what better way to experience its full glory than to walk its streets, shorelines, and hiking trails?
If you’re more into the historical side of things, make sure to include the medieval Lawson Tower, the Scituate Lighthouse, the Little Red School House (also known as the home of the Scituate Historical Society), and the Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum.
Nature-lovers, on the other hand, will love Scituate’s walking trails, which will both give you access to the town’s diverse shorelines and walking paths. Some of its best and easiest trails include the A. J. McEachern Trail at Driftway Conservation Park and the Ellis Estate Trails.
Scituate has beautifully serene public beaches that are all different from one another. Travelers can make a trip just out of hopping from one beach after another because of how unique they all are. Start with the major ones such as Minot Beach with its fine sand and scenic views, Peggotty Beach which is accessible from the Scituate Harbor, and Egypt Beach with its rocky shoreline. Then make your way to Humarock Beach which is technically a part of Scituate but only accessible from North Marshfield via Ferry Street.