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Fishing in Estero Bay

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Fishing in Estero Bay

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 Licenses.

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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.

The slight cooling of our water temperatures means Fall has arrived for fishing in Estero Bay. Light tackle with live shrimp and a small weight is our recommended setup for inshore fishing. Pull up to one of Estero Bay’s many mangrove islands or anchor next to an oyster bar for your best shot at reeling in a Redfish as the species ramps up activity for the season. Fishing any of our three nearby passes on a good tide is a reliable strategy to catch most of our local fish, especially Sheepshead and Black Drum. Hovering over grass flats could land you a Spotted Seatrout. Consider lightly chumming up the water with a few pieces of shrimp and you may find yourself lucky enough to catch a Snook that fits within the size window- but be sure to get your Snook fishing in now before the season closes December 1st. 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.