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.

Springtime means water temperatures start rising – heating up the fishing in Estero Bay along with it. 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.