Alabama’s inshore reefs provide easy access and enhanced fishing opportunities for anglers throughout the coastal area. The Marine Resources Division has constructed a total of 27 inshore fishing reefs located within Mobile, Bon Secour and Perdido Bays, and Mississippi Sound. Concrete bridge materials, culvert pipes, concrete roof panels, oyster shells and crushed limestone were utilized as reef materials. The Ft. Morgan Barge reef contains the remains of a sunken barge only. In addition, water bottoms around seven gas production platforms in lower Mobile Bay have been enhanced with crushed limestone rock. Lynn Dent Boykin, Bender/Austal, Shellbank, Denton, Grey Cane, Jr., Fish River, and Bayou Cour reefs are dual purpose, serving as both artificial fishing reefs and also as experimental oyster reef rehabilitation areas.
Rules and Regulations can be found at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater.
Mobile, Bon Secour and Perdido Bays and Mississippi Sound offer great inshore fishing year round. Artificial baits, top-water lures, and live shrimp are great for targeting speckled trout and red fish when the tide is moving. Sheepshead can been found around oyster beds and barnacle encrusted pilings and will strike bait such as hermit crabs and small blue crabs. Flounder can be either caught on hook and line or by gigging. Hook and line fishing for flounder is best with live bull minnows, shrimp, or small croakers as bait. If live bait fishing is not what you enjoy, white trout and ground mullet can be caught off of nearly any pier or beach when bottom fishing with cut bait
Public boat ramps are located throughout Mobile, Bon Secour, and Perdido Bays and Mississippi Sound. Kayak fishermen can also easily access the inshore reefs from local boat ramps.