Fishing in Estero Bay

All About Fishing

Florida has a saltwater 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.

Temperatures have dropped and the bite is back in Estero Bay along with our beloved snowbirds. Unpredictable winter weather can pose a challenge for the amateur angler due to strong winds and changing water temperatures. Shoot for a calm day with clear water and a stable temperature for your best chance at active fish feeding. We recommend live shrimp with light tackle and a small weight for inshore fishing. Pull up to one of Estero Bay’s many mangrove islands or anchor next to an oyster bar at the top of the high tide for your best shot at reeling in a redfish or sheepshead as both species remains active throughout the winter months. Drift over grass flats with a popping cork to land yourself a spotted seatrout. Consider lightly chumming up the water with a few pieces of shrimp or cut up ladyfish and you may be lucky enough to catch an impressive snook.

Keep in mind that redfish and spotted seatrout are catch & release only through May 2020 and snook season is closed through August 2020. If you plan on bringing your catch in, know what you can keep and if you are not sure, let it go.

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