Fishing in Estero Bay
Fishing in Florida
Florida has a salt water fishing license. If you have children under 16 you can help them fish without a license, but they need to be the ones actively fishing. A non-resident 3-day saltwater fishing license is $17. Call 888-347-4356 or click here for more information on Florida Saltwater Fishing Licenses.
Fishing Pole Rentals
For our boat renters, we offer live bait shrimp for $5 per dozen and rod rentals with a tackle box for $10. We also have bait buckets you can borrow. There are requirements for keeping certain fish, like fish length and/or closed seasons. We recommend catch and release.
Springtime is a time when the water temperatures start rising and that heats up the fishing in Estero Bay as well. More species start to get active. We recommend light tackle using live shrimp with a small weight to catch the most fish. Sheepshead are still biting but will start moving offshore soon. Snook fishing gets better and better, peaking in mid-summer. A good tide turns the fish on in general. Target Redfish on the top of the tide around mangrove islands or on the edge of an oyster bar. Drift the grass flats with shrimp under a popping cork to find some Seatrout. If you plan on bringing your catch in, know what you can keep and if you are not sure, let it go. Click here for more information on the different fish in Estero Bay.