West Dennis Beach

This is a very popular bathing beach in the summer and is best fished well after dark. Summer time means bluefish but stripers are more prevalent in the spring and fall. Walk along the shore and over a series of jetties to the west of the public beach (stay below the high water mark to ensure you are legally within your rights to pass through this private area) until you reach the broad, shallow outflow and flat off the end of Swan River and wade out to fish the slight drop off. All the standard striper lures work here and Hogy 7 and 10-inch Originals, Sand Eels and Skinnies will take schoolies and larger bass at night. During the early morning or at dusk, popping plugs may yield some very large bluefish. Just inside Swan River there is a deep hole that often holds bass at the top of the tide.

Location: Off Old Wharf Road.

Access: Easy, directly from parking area. A walk of about ¼ mile is required to reach the outflow of Swan River.

Parking: Fee charged at non-resident portion of paved parking lot in the day during the summer; free and open all other times.