Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw Delta is an inviting angling experience for the fisherman. Where freshwater and marine environments meet, the Delta offers a unique, yet relatively unexplored treasure along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Recreational angling, particularly for largemouth bass, has encouraged a number of local, regional and national tournaments. Other great catches include crappie, bream (bluegill and redear sunfish), redspotted sunfish, redfish, speckled trout and flounder.
The Mobile Delta covers more than 200,000 acres of swamps, river bottomlands and marshes. Anglers enjoy the Delta not only because of the great fishing, but the natural beauty of the marsh and the cypress and tupelo gum forests.
Over twenty access sites are available for boating, and popular fishing sites for those without boats include newly-constructed piers for bank anglers, such as Cliffs Landing, Meaher State Park and Choccalotta Access Area and the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Park Pier. Fishing is also popular among the Causeway, where you will find many bridges and road-accessible areas.
With a surplus of Mobile Bay blue crabs, many locals spend their springs and summers collecting crabs, better known as “crabbing”. If a warm evening offers a light wind, coupled with a low tide, then all you need is a gas lantern and a scoop net. In Spanish Fort, the Causeway and Meaher State Park offer public access to the bay.
Photo taken by Alabama Coastal Fisherman's Association member, D.O.A.