From the serene glide on an in-shore outing shaded by overhanging oaks to the high drama of an offshore battle on the open seas, fishing in the Golden Isles offers a fascinating variety of experiences for all anglers. Surrounded by salt marshes, tidal creeks, gently winding rivers, sounds and the Atlantic Ocean, our area enjoys a dynamic and ever-changing ecosystem that nurtures a wide range of species.
What You Can Catch in the Golden Isles
If you like fishing, crabbing or seining, there are many options for you in Georgia’s Golden Isles. Charter a fishing boat and head for deep water in search of kingfish, cobia or snapper. Enjoy surf-casting from the beach, or crab and fish from one of the many piers throughout the area. Try your hand at fly fishing the coastal marshes for “redfish” and “skipjacks.”
Unfamiliar with the area? Contact one of our highly experienced coastal Georgia charter captains who know the secrets of success in our fresh and salt waters.
Where to Fish in the Golden Isles
There are many places throughout the Golden Isles where fishing is permitted. Here are some of the top locations to fish in the Golden Isles:
Head into the Mackay River area through the Morningstar Marina entrance, where you'll be able to access a boat launch and the Mackay River Fishing Pier.
A little more difficult to get to than some other locations, Back River Fishing Pier is a great place for crabbing.
As one of only three fishing piers on the Georgia Coast, St. Simons Island Pier is a great place for fishing and crabbing, and it's located close to a bait & tackle shop for those last-minute supplies needs. In addition, there are plenty of cleaning stations for fishermen to use.
The second of only three fishing piers on the Georgia Coast, Jekyll Island Pier is also great for fishing or crabbing. It is located next to Clam Creek Picnic Area, a family-friendly area for visitors and locals to relax.
Gascoigne Bluff is a popular place for visitors and locals alike to meet for many coastal activities, including fishing on the pier. The area is home to annual fishing tournaments as well.
Fish and crab from this area flat bridge with pristine views of the Georgia Coast marshland.
Try your hand at surf fishing at Jekyll Island Beach.
Find unbeatable surf fishing on St. Simons Island at East Beach. Visit during low tide for the best fishing experience. View the Golden Isles tide table.
Bait & Tackle Shops
Throughout the Golden Isles, there are plenty of bait and tackle shops. Whether you want to fish in the St. Simons Island surf, off a Jekyll Island pier, in the port city of Brunswick, or if you want to find private fishing on Sea Island or Little St. Simons Island, there are plenty of Bait and Tackle shops to help you get ready for the experience.
View up-to-date information about area freshwater and saltwater fishing in Georgia on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website. Please consult fishing regulations carefully before you head out since regulations may vary on different bodies of water.
In addition to the state rules, there might be different rules in federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore). Please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council website for the latest federal fishing regulations if you plan to fish more than 3 miles offshore.
For additional information on fishing along coastal Georgia, please visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing .
Georgia Fishing License Information
Anyone who fishes, crabs or seines in Georgia waters and is 16 years old or older must possess a valid fishing license. Licenses purchased anywhere in the state of Georgia are also valid in Glynn County and the Golden Isles, allowing the licensee to fish in both fresh and saltwater. In many cases, licenses held by chartered vessels cover their guests, but it is a good idea to inquire whether you will need a Georgia Fishing license or if it will be covered under the charter's fishing license.
Where do I purchase a Georgia fishing license?
Find more information on the types of licenses available and where to purchase a fishing license on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division website.
You can also contact the Department of Natural Resources, located on U.S. Highway 17 at Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, GA by calling 912-264-7218.
Charter Fishing Captains
Each Charter Captain/Outfitter shown below is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and operates a charter fishing service departing from a marina in Glynn County. The listings on our website are not an endorsement, and no guarantees are implied or expressed concerning the outcome of the fishing endeavor. Find a complete listing of charter fishing captains located in Glynn County below.