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Dauphin Island Fishing

Dauphin Island Fishing

Dauphin Island may be part of Mobile's metropolitan area, but there is something special about this township. Dauphin Island is not a typical suburb. The city is actually located on a barrier island just off the coast of Alabama. This small island has big offerings. With attractions like the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and The Estuarium aquarium, it is clear that the water is important here. Dauphin Island fishing is definitely a part of that.

Dauphin Island is perfectly situated as an inshore fishing paradise. There is a long stretch of coastline to utilize, and the fish are quite active at all times of the year. Although you can catch a variety of fish here, the most coveted inshore offering is Redfish. Another popular fish caught at inshore venues is Speckled Trout and Flounder.

As a barrier island, Dauphin Island also offers nearshore fishing. If you are interested in Dauphin Island fishing nearshore, then bring your boat or get a charter. The nearshore reefs and wrecks are alive with local fish populations. Here, you might bring in King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Snapper, or many varieties of Grouper. One of the most common fish in these waters is Grey Triggerfish and many different species of Snapper. During certain seasons, you can expect to bring home quite a few in your daily haul.

If you are interested in Dauphin Island fishing, then you may desire a trip farther out into the Gulf of Mexico. This is quite possible, and there are numerous charter companies that can help you make that dream come true. Your efforts are likely to be rewarded. Offshore fishing in Dauphin Island can be quite bountiful. With some luck, you could reel in Amberjack, Mahi-mahi and Wahoo. Further out there is a good chance at tuna and marlin. These big game fish can be hard to find in vast, deep waters, but many anglers have great luck at Dauphin Island.



Dauphin Island Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Dauphin Island, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Anchovy

  2. Anchovy

    There is a 24.98% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 15378 Anchovy counted.

    Dauphin Island Anchovy Counts Chart
    Anchovy

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND ANCHOVY COUNTS CHART


  3. Spot Croaker

  4. Spot Croaker

    There is a 22.67% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 13957 Spot Croaker counted.

    Dauphin Island Spot Croaker Counts Chart
    Spot

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND SPOT CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  5. Atlantic Croaker

  6. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 18.63% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 11468 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Dauphin Island Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND ATLANTIC CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  7. Gulf Menhaden

  8. Gulf Menhaden

    There is a 8.24% catch rate for Gulf Menhaden, based on 5075 Gulf Menhaden counted.

    Dauphin Island Gulf Menhaden Counts Chart
    Gulf

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND GULF MENHADEN COUNTS CHART


  9. Sand Seatrout

  10. Sand Seatrout

    There is a 5.56% catch rate for Sand Seatrout, based on 3424 Sand Seatrout counted.

    Dauphin Island Sand Seatrout Counts Chart
    Sand

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND SAND SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  11. Pinfish

  12. Pinfish

    There is a 3.81% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 2347 Pinfish counted.

    Dauphin Island Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND PINFISH COUNTS CHART


  13. Red Snapper

  14. Red Snapper

    There is a 2.59% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 1593 Red Snapper counted.

    Dauphin Island Red Snapper Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND RED SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  15. Threadfin Shad

  16. Threadfin Shad

    There is a 2.02% catch rate for Threadfin Shad, based on 1242 Threadfin Shad counted.

    Dauphin Island Threadfin Shad Counts Chart
    Threadfin

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND THREADFIN SHAD COUNTS CHART


  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 1.85% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1140 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Dauphin Island Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
    Hardhead

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND HARDHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Striped Mullet

  20. Striped Mullet

    There is a 1.8% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 1109 Striped Mullet counted.

    Dauphin Island Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE DAUPHIN ISLAND STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 67 species of fish and 61567 fish counted for February around Dauphin Island.

To date, there are 166 species of fish and a total of 1273991 fish counted for Dauphin Island and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 2/16/2024 2:02:53 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Dauphin Island are the following:

  1. Unknown Wreck
    Unknown Wreck


  2. Underwater Cypress Forest Hole
    This underwater cypress forest is estimated to be 52,000 years old. They were buried in sediment, but were likely uncovered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.   The


  3. 3 - REMOVED
    3 (24150) is a gas/oil platform built by Talos ERT LLC and installed on 01/01/1993. The structure was removed on 06/24/2020 and verified as clear on 07/26/2020. Smaller piece


  4. Scott Barge
    Wooden Hopper Barge used to haul wood chips, Donated by Scott Paper Co.


  5. A
    A (257) is a gas/oil platform built by Fieldwood Energy Offshore LLC and installed on 07/05/1998. A is considered a major platform that stands in 120 feet of water and may pro


  6. A
    A (24218) is a gas/oil platform built by Cox Operating, L.L.C. and installed on 10/03/1996. A is considered a minor platform that stands in 65 feet of water and may provide ha


  7. Bama 45


  8. Bama 51


  9. Fish Haven
    Fish Haven


  10. Rookie Barge
    "Rookie" Barge Reef Type Alabama Nearshore Public Reef Zone South of Perdido Pass Reef Name "Rookie" Barge Year 2013 Material


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Top Dauphin Island Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Dauphin Island Marina Inc
    Dauphin Island Marina is a full service Alabama Gulf Coast Marina. We are located on beautiful Dauphin Island at the foot of the Dauphin Island Bridge, Dauphin Island Marina is situated conveniently between the Intracoastal Waterway and Mobile Bay (M

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Top Dauphin Island Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Island Time Charters
    Come fish with Capt. Frank aboard his 22 ft. Bay Ranger. All you need to bring with you are your drinks, snacks, & sunscreen. Alabama and Florida fishing license, bait & tackle, and fish cleaning are provided. There is a cooler on board o

  2. Capt. Mike's Fishing
    Deep sea fishing from Dauphin Island, Alabama. We offer per person priced "walk-on" trips as well as private charters for small or large groups.

  3. Underdog Fishing Charters
    We are one of the most popular charters in the area (Mobile, Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach). We feature both Inshore Fishing and Offshore Fishing. We make daily trips into the Gulf of Mexico or the estuary of Mobile Bay and surroundin

  4. Crooked Hook Charters, LLC


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Top Dauphin Island Marinas

  1. Dauphin Island Marina Inc
    Dauphin Island Marina is a full service Alabama Gulf Coast Marina. We are located on beautiful Dauphin Island at the foot of the Dauphin Island Bridge, Dauphin Island Marina is situated conveniently between the Intracoastal Waterway and Mobile Bay (M

  2. Gulf Shores Marina


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