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Fly Fishing Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island, and Bayou La Batre,
01/19/18 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
The cold north wind comes through the area every few days with the passing cold
fronts, dropping the water temperature of the inland waters as well as that near the
beaches. Speckled trout and redfish tend to congregate in the canals and deeper
water of the bays and intracoastal waterway. They can be caught from the bank and
small boats throughout the winter.
Description of the Inshore waters:
About 40 miles west of Pensacola, Florida, Mobile Bay is the 4th largest estuary in
the U.S. Several rivers create the 413 square mile bay that is largely surrounded by
marshes. At the southern end Dauphin Island, and the southwestern Alabama
mainland, form the western shoreline. Beyond this is Bayou La Batre. Most of the
upper bay is brackish because of the rivers that flow into it. The bay opens to the
Gulf of Mexico on the western shoreline at Dauphin Island, bringing in warm waters.
There are some 20-30 foot depths, but mostly it is in the 12-14 foot range except for
the shipping channel which is dredged to 50 feet deep. About twenty miles north of
the bay, the I-10 bridge crosses the bay water from Spanish Fort into Mobile. Below
it, the water is mostly saltwater. Above the bridge, the water is mostly brachish to
freshwater. This covers the water below, or south of the I-10 Bridge to near Destin,
Just about all species found in the gulf can be found here, but some of the more
popular are: Redfish, Sheepshead, Bonita, Black Drum, Tripletail, Jack Crevelle,
Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Flounder, Speckled trout, King Mackerel, Cobia,
Pompano, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Shark and Tarpon.
The fishing season is year-round.
There are several species of fish that migrate along the beaches that are great
for fly fishers – cobia, spanish mackerel and pompano will be in the area.
King mackerel, tarpon, and bonita migrate along the cost in the emerald waters right
off the beaches. Sheepshead and shark can be found in the bay. The deeper water
of Mobile Bay holds redfish, speckled trout, and other species during the summer.
Many species of fish can be caught on the fly during the fall months including most
all of the resident inshore species, and some along the beaches such as bonita. and
Speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead and flounder can be caught during the colder
months of the year.
Tide Chart: Daulphin Island (Mouth of Mobile Bay)
Weather: Daulphin Island, Alabama
Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Speckled Trout), Ladyfish:
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White Marabou Shrimp
Green Tarpon Baitfish
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