Saint Andrew Bay

Bay County, Florida.

Saint Andrew Bay ends in Panama City, Florida.

28957565.46 miles (46602698.65 sq kilometers)

About The Saint Andrew Bay

About Saint Andrew Bay, FL

Saint Andrew Bay is a 69,000-acre bay and estuary located at Bay County in Panama City in the northwest panhandle of Florida. It is colloquially called St. Andrews Bay. The bay is relatively deep and has a relatively high saltwater level due to the low freshwater inflow supplied by only a few spring-fed creeks, the most notable being Econfina Creek, fuelled by Wiliford and Pitts Spring. The bay is named after Andrew the Apostle or Saint Andrew. The Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay Railway is also named after the bay.

The bay was the site of multiple salt works vital for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. USS Bloomer Commander Edward Crissey helped destroy many of the salt works, doing significant damage to the Confederate war effort. Saint Andrew Bay is also situated next to St. Andrews State Park, which has the Gulf of Mexico running along its other side. Wild dolphins are commonly spotted in the waters of the bay as well as the occasional manatee.

Saint Andrew Bay Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Saint Andrew Bay, FL 

Saint Andrew Bay is known for its abundance of mullet, redfish and speckled trout. With over 60 proven fishing spots and its relatively high water salinity, the bay is also a productive fishing area for flounder, Spanish mackerel, cobia, northern red snapper, bluefish, king mackerel, blacktip shark, crevalle jack, Florida pompano and more. Anglers are encouraged to look up local fishing regulations and daily catch and keep limits for certain species. The fishing experience one can have in the bay is superb due to its clear and pristine waters and being an exemplary fish habitat, also making it ideal for sight fishing and wading.

Inshore fishing is very popular at the bay as many fish gather at its inner shoreline. Anglers can fish by the banks or at the available piers and docks. Otherwise, boat ramps are also available around the bay. Fly fishing is commonly done at the bay though one can still practice spinning, baitcasting and trolling there. The bay spans over 20 miles of grass and sand flats, rock mass, deep channels and cuts, and oyster beds where one can easily find an array of saltwater