Old Silver Beach

This town beach is regularly found on “best of” Cape Cod lists in magazines and newspapers and because of this it is almost always extremely crowded during the day from early summer well into the fall. Because of this and because of restricted access to the town lots in the summer after hours it is best to fish Old Silver in the spring and fall. At those times it can be great with bass both large and small plus bluefish attracted to the strong outflow from the marsh behind the beach that delivers plenty of bait. It was once a very prolific herring run too, although the numbers of herring entering in the spring has dropped dramatically in recent years. Fishermen prefer the jetties on either side of the outflow for casting a wide variety of lures and baits, with soft plastics like the Original Series Hogys and the Hogy Sandeels extremely productive. The beach also produces fish with the cove and rocky shore along the Cliffs to the south of the outflow prime territory, especially after dark. On the other side from the Sea Crest Resort and beyond it is worth walking and casting for the half-mile stretch to search out bass and blues – popping plugs are a good bet along here at dawn and dusk. The marsh behind Old Silver Beach holds fish and fly fishermen work it at the top of the tide but the wading is difficult due to deep cuts and a soft bottom and the marsh itself cannot be walked because of soft, seemingly bottomless mud.

Location: Quaker Road, West Falmouth.

Parking: Two large lots on either side of the outflow, one open to the public for a fee in the day during the summer, one for residents only. Both lots free and open during the off season.

 Access: Easy. Directly adjacent to beach.