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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.

Temperatures have dropped and the bite is strong for winter fishing here in Estero Bay. 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 for your best shot at reeling in a Redfish as the species remains active throughout the winter months. Moving water on an active tide makes fishing any of our three nearby passes 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 or cut up ladyfish and you may find yourself lucky enough to catch a Snook. 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.