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.

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!

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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