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Fishing in Mobile Bay

If it’s tasty table fare you’re looking to hook, make sure Alabama’s Mobile Bay fishing is at the top of your angling bucket list. Protected from the Gulf of Mexico by a chain of barrier islands, this shallow inlet boasts fish-filled marshes, flats, and reefs. With a variety of departure points dotted all around Mobile Bay, you’ll find a whole host of fishing charters waiting to take you on the hunt for delectable Flounder, Spotted Seatrout (known here as Speckled Trout), Redfish, Snapper, Grouper, and more. Don’t forget your cooler!
 

Which trip is right for me?

For newer anglers and families

If you’re looking for a vacation that combines tourist-friendly sightseeing with top angling action, head straight to the barrier islands. The majority of Mobile Bay’s fishing charters are located on Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan, and Gulf Shores, where there's a strong focus on family-friendly fishing. 
 
You can expect to explore the southern waters of the bay for Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Tripletail, Mackerel species, and others. These fish are fun to catch, and are a tasty option to fill your cooler with! When you’ve had your fill of fishing, you can explore the lush wildlife sanctuaries on land, or relax on one of the stunning public beaches.
 
These islands are also renowned for their bottom fishing opportunities, thanks to their close proximity to Mobile Bay’s reefs – travel a couple of miles from shore, and you’ll be able to plumb these waters for juicy Grouper and Snapper species, Triggerfish, and more. A heads-up for Red Snapper enthusiasts: there are strict regulations in place for this fish, so make sure it’s open season when booking your trip.
 

For locals and experienced anglers

Located on the northwestern side of the bay, Mobile might look like any other regular American city – but the fishing opportunities it provides are anything but ordinary. With direct access to a wealth of Mobile Bay’s flats and rivers, get ready to experience some of the most plentiful (and fastest!) inshore fishing along the entire Gulf Coast. 
 
As the waters are marshier than the southern bay, species such as Flounder, Tripletail, Speckled Trout, and Redfish can be found in abundance. Charter captains here regularly offer up light tackle and fly fishing opportunities, as these techniques are preferred by local anglers. It’s the perfect option if you want your fish to give some extra fight at the end of your line.
 
A visit to Mobile during the summer months means you’ll potentially experience a very mysterious local phenomenon. On warm summer nights, a variety of fish species swarm to the northwestern shore of Mobile Bay, and can be easily hooked by anglers fishing and wading in the shallows. Locally known as “the jubilee,” It’s a magical experience that will leave even the most hardened of fishermen speechless.
 
If you’re closer to the east side of Mobile Bay and want to reduce travel time, Fairhope and Daphne offer up similar fishing opportunities to Mobile, with direct access to the eastern inshore hotspots. The jubilee is usually most plentiful on the western shore, though!
 

Need to know

The majority of Mobile Bay fishing charters provide top-quality fishing gear, as well as fishing licenses for all guests. On top of this, they’ll even clean your catch for you to make the water-to-table transition as easy as possible. Bring along:
 
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and sunscreen during the summer months.
  • Seasickness medication, especially if you’re a new angler – the waters of the bay can get rough if it’s a windy day!
  • Fly fishing gear, if you’d like to use this technique.
 
Whether you want to take in the local sights and sounds with your family as you throw out some lines, or stock your cooler with some of the biggest and tastiest fish around, Mobile Bay’s fishing charters offer up a variety of adventures for guests of all ages and skill levels. Come discover these waters for yourself, and get ready to tick this southern gem off of your angling bucket list!
 
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Mobile Bay Fishing Seasons

Start your year off in the right way and sight fish the bay’s shallow waters around Mobile and the barrier islands. You’ll find plenty of Redfish and Spotted Seatrout on offer as they bask in the cooler waters!

The waters remain cool, which means an increase of Redfish and Spotted Seatrout in the bays and shallows. Flounder start to show up, too.

This is the month to visit if you want to hook Sheepshead, as well as trophy-sized Redfish! Flounder and Speckled Trout can be found in abundance in the flats and shallows.
 

April is all about Redfish and Speckled Trout, from “keeper”-sized table fare to seriously huge trophy fish! Sheepshead fishing remains excellent, and the first Tripletail start to make an appearance.

May is when things start to really heat up – both on land and in the water! You’ll find Speckled Trout, huge Redfish, and tasty Flounder on offer in the shallows. Slightly further out, the first Mackerel appear.

The weather continues to heat up, and so does the fishing – June often marks the start of Red Snapper season! Other Snapper and Grouper species can be found by the reefs, and inshore fishing stays strong.

If you’re lucky, this is when you might experience the famous “jubilee”! Even without this phenomenon, July fishing in the bay is magical, with Mackerel, Specks, Redfish, Flounder, Grouper, and Snapper all on offer.

If you can handle the scorching temperatures, August is the perfect time to hook Speckled Trout, Tripletail, and tasty Mackerel species. School’s out, so the waters are usually bustling with families and budding anglers!

Flounder are available year round in Mobile Bay, but fall is when they start to really shine, with huge fish being found in the shallows. Why not talk to your captain about Flounder gigging and try something different?
 

The weather is starting to cool off by now, but the bay’s fishing is still hot! Flounder fishing in the shallows remains excellent, Bull Redfish can be found cruising the marshes around Mobile, and reef fishing is plentiful.

November sees a resurgence of angling opportunities, with Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and Sheepshead all showing up in droves, thanks to the cooler temperatures! 

Treat yourself to the best Christmas present possible, and explore Mobile Bay in the winter! The waters are cooler and much quieter when it comes to your fellow anglers – however, there’s still plenty of fish on offer.

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Top Targeted Species in Mobile Bay

Redfish

Redfish

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Tripletail

Tripletail

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Flounder

Flounder

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout