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Surrounded by the cities of Wenham, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Danvers, and Salem, Beverly is a beautiful North Shore destination in its own right.  It is roughly divided into two distinct parts — the west a largely urbanized area, and the east more rough and rural. So, if you’re looking for a restful escape in New England where you can be surrounded by pristine nature and enjoy modern city amenities, then Beverly deserves a spot on your itinerary. 

When in Beverly, travelers can look forward to enjoying its picturesque public parks, beautiful beaches, thriving arts and culture scene, and youthful collegiate atmosphere. And if you’re an angler, there’s no better place to cast a line. Like most of North Shore, Beverly offers some of the best fishing in this part of New England, giving you access to the waters of Massachusetts Bay and the great Atlantic Ocean.

Beverly, MA Fishing: Convenient Access to Productive Fishing

Fishing in Beverly can be pretty convenient as long as you know where to look. Start by surveying the city’s piers and bridges. Beverly Fishing Pier is one of its most popular. It is located right by the Beverly-Salem Bridge which runs through the Danvers River. It attracts plenty of squid and is known for the diversity of fish species that thrive in the area. Come here to catch the most sought-after Atlantic mackerel, flounder, cod, striped bass, and bluefish. When night-fishing, expect some black seabass and trophy-striped bass. The base of the nearby bridge is also a great fishing spot.

If you want to enjoy both fishing and picturesque ocean views, then head to one of Beverly’s beaches. At West Beach, spot the large rock formation that attracts striped bass. Make a point to get there during low tide so you can easily access the boulders on foot. Come here if you’re in Beverly later in the season as it still has some stripers for you to catch as late as October.

Head to the stone jetties on Dane Street Beach to target some bluefish or striped bass. Another great spot to fish on the beach is its southern part where you can enjoy closer access to the mouth of Danvers River. 

For more family-friendly angling, give one of the public parks in the city a try. Obear Park has mudflats where you can enjoy some light tackle fishing for striped bass. Other parks worth noting as good fishing spots include Lynch Park and Independence Park.

Keen to fish offshore? You can access some of the best offshore fishing holes on Cape Ann via Beverly. Stellwagen Bank is known for its Atlantic mackerel runs during spring and fall and for the extended arrival of bluefish during June. If you want to try your hand catching some cod, pollock, and haddock, target the underwater structure of Jeffreys Ledge, northeast of Cape Ann.

Fish species
Black Sea Bass
Black Sea Bass fish

Habitat: Offshore, Onshore, Nearshore, Wreck, Reef

Weight: 2 - 9 Pounds

Length: 10" - 26"

Atlantic Cod
Atlantic Cod fish

Habitat: Offshore, Ocean Floor

Weight: 4 - 103 Pounds

Length: 48" - 60"


Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Rocky Bottom

Weight: 2 - 10 Pounds

Length: 14" - 36"

Striped Bass
Striped Bass fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore

Weight: 10 - 81 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

Bluefish fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Onshore

Weight: 3 - 15 Pounds

Length: 15" - 51"

Winter Flounder
Winter Flounder fish

Habitat: Continental Shelves, Estuaries

Weight: 3 - 8 Pounds

Length: 9" - 25"

Atlantic Mackerel
Atlantic Mackerel fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore

Weight: 1 - 3 Pounds

Length: 14" - 24"

Pollock fish

Habitat: Offshore, Nearshore

Weight: 20 - 35 Pounds

Length: 24" - 42"

Immerse in Nature and Culture in Beverly

1. Visit Some of the City’s Art Galleries

Beverly is quite the collegiate town with an arts and culture bend, so make sure to visit its art galleries when you’re in the city. No idea where to start? Simply stroll down Cabot Street and you’re sure to find one to spark your interest.

2. Picnic in a Public Park

Beverly is known as the Garden City because of its well-maintained and picturesque public parks. Some of the famous ones include Dane Street Park which is known for its sandy beach, Lynch Park which is an oceanfront park with a rose garden, and Independence Park, which overlooks Salem, Baker’s Island, and nearby Misery Islands.

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Drift Fishing