Dauphin Island

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Fishing in Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island fishing is diverse, fast-paced and everywhere. Nearshore, inshore, reefs, or deep sea, you name it! Head further out to get Marlin and Tuna, or charter a boat around the reefs. There you will find Snapper and Grouper. If you want to go trolling, Dauphin Island offers schools of Kings and Spanish Mackerel. Many local captains are tournament-winning anglers, and the nature’s beautiful, too.

Known For

Guarding the entrance to the Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island was once home to Native Americans who used the land to fish, harvest, and hunt. Its nature and fisheries have witnessed people come and go, clashes take place, and nations being built. The white sandy beaches make these fisheries a sight to admire. If you want productive fishing and a peaceful setting, this is where your angling ambitions should take you.

Camping and birds are popular items on any visitor’s to-do list. But, we think that Dauphin Island’s true jewel lies off its coast. Yep, it’s fishing! One simply can’t praise enough the angling around the local waters. Not many places get to boast such diverse fishing opportunities.

You can be a fisherman looking for a seasoned captain, a novice, family with eager youngsters, or an outdoors enthusiast—Dauphin Island has you covered. Nearshore, you can get Cobia, Wahoo, King and Spanish Mackerel. Many of our charters have an experienced crew who know how to get around fish, and help you fill your bags.

When you’ve caught limits while charter fishing, you can take a walk around some of the bird sanctuaries, or pay a visit to the Estuarium. There you’ll get to see aquariums filled with 100 of Alabama’s native wildlife different species.

Rules & Regulations

All anglers need to possess a valid saltwater fishing permit when fishing in Alabama state waters. You can easily purchase your license online, either as an annual or a multiday option.

Types of Fishing

Let’s have a look at what Dauphin Island has in store. Besides ridiculously big fish offshore, you can fill your bags with the shoreline still in sight. Dauphin Island inshore fishing is on par with the rest of the Gulf’s hot spots. Spotted Seatrout, Tripletail, and Redfish can grow really big. Get Spotted Seatrout on artificial lures, and use gold spoons to catch Redfish.

For people looking for the famed Snapper and Grouper, you’ll get what you came for. When the season’s open, the safest (and the juiciest) bet is a bottom fishing trip, around the reefs and wrecks. Red, Vermillion, Lane Snapper or Red and Gag Grouper are both fun and nutrient catch. Open seasons change on a yearly basis, so best check the Snapper and Grouper season before booking your Dauphin Island fishing charter.

Not so far off the coast, you can go trolling for Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel. But, these beauties are as fast as their bite, and you can find them even further out. Look out for floating objects, if you want to land Cobia. Ships, buoys, and even sharks and turtles attract them.

Big fish swim far off the coast. We’re talking Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. It’s best you prepare for a long ride, at times even up to 100 miles to get the fish. You should be looking for full day, and often multiday trips. But, trust us, once you hear the sound of drag screaming, you’ll know your trip’s been worth the while. Even better if you manage to reel the prize in!

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Dauphin Island Fishing Seasons


It’s a new year, and a new round of fishing. Redfish, Sheepshead, and Spotted Seatrout hint at a promising inshore fishing trip. Go out, and bring the limits back.


The weather might be blue, but you can still catch some fish inshore. Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum are feeding on the bait readily.


Sharks are emerging. Inshore, it’s Black Drum, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. Out further, go trolling for Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel.


The spring marks the start of the prime fishing season. Inshore, and offshore, solid schools of fish. To find Cobia, find an object-they love hiding, and are strong fighters.


Amberjack are starting to bite. Head out, and you can also troll for an occasional King or Spanish Mackerel.


Dauphin Island dolphins peak - go trolling for Mahi Mahi. Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna are high in numbers, so the action takes place offshore. Further out, Amberjack are super hungry.


Everyone wants to fish for Snapper and Grouper! The season changes yearly, but the action stays sweet. Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Amberjack bite in the deep sea waters, so why not join a captain and go get them?


The summer heat is on! Inshore, Tarpon take the spotlight, but these rich inshore waters offer so much more. Sailfish, Tuna, Jack Crevally are all ready and biting.


Look for Spotted Seatrout. They have a strong bite, just like Redfish. You might not catch a bull, but can still make your move for a slot. Offshore, Tuna are biting.


The fall sets in, but the fish still bite. Red, Trout, Flounder, and some Pompano are in the game. East End jetties and inshore are the place to be. You can still find Kingfish.


Sheepshead are inshore, as are Spotted Seatrout. You can get Redfish. Further out, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna await. Hire a charter, and join the chase!


It’s the end of the year, but nowhere near the end of fishing. Go great lengths and try to land Blackfin or Yellowfin Tuna as an early gift to you and yours. Inshore, Redfish and Spotted Seatrout still offer fun.

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Reviews of Fishing in Dauphin Island

Worth the trip.
Jim G. fished with Captain Lynn's on June 11, 2020
Use a charter, fishing from shore is more miss than hot. Also if you must fish from shore, research what to use and how.
Snapper Slam with Captain T
Denise D. fished with Captain T's Fishing Offshore Trips on June 15, 2019
Snapper heaven. Best and most prolific Red Snapper haven on the planet. More structure in Alabama state water than all other gilf states combined. Dauphin Island is the Snapper capital of the world!
A.M. trip with Captain Praytor
Jonathon R. fished with Shallow Intentions Fishing on June 8, 2019
Book with Shallow Intentions Fishing and you'll catch all the fish you want.
Awesome Experience Fishing with Capt. Chance!
Will M. fished with Shallow Intentions Fishing on June 2, 2019
Dauphin island is a great area to fish. Find a good knowledgeable Captain and you will have a good experience and catch fish.
Afternoon half-day trip with Captain Jay
Tommy C. fished with Irish Wake Fishing on July 14, 2018
Bring good sunscreen and a cooler for your fish

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