How To Catch Boatloads Of Fish Near Oyster Bars

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Oyster bars have everything a game fish could ask for…

Lots of bait, so an easy meal isn’t hard to come by, and plenty of ambush spots, so these predators can sneak up on their prey.

And since fish love hanging around oyster bars, so do fishermen as they make great fishing spots.

In this video, I’m going to show you everything you need to know about fishing oyster bars.

You’ll learn:

  • A little-known hack to easily find oyster bars on satellite maps
  • The best way to catch lots of fish near oyster bars
  • How to find the best oyster bars (even if there are dozens of them to choose from)
  • And much more

And this isn’t just theory — I’ll also show you some fun fish-catching footage of how I used these tips to land some nice trout and flounder.

Check it out below.

How To Find & Fish Oyster Bars [VIDEO]

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How To Find Oyster Bars On Satellite Maps

The first step to catching fish around oyster bars is to find them.

At low tide it’s obvious where they are, but at high tide, it’s much harder.

So the best way to find them is to use satellite maps.

Now here’s the trick to finding oyster bars on satellite maps: download Google Earth and use the historical imagery tool to look at pictures taken in the summer.

This is because in the summer, the bars are bleached white by the sun and show up on maps much more prominently.

Here’s a picture showing the difference between an image taken in the summer vs. an image taken in the winter:

winter vs summer oyster bars

Now, once you’re looking at a satellite image taken during the summer, you’ll probably see mud flats that look a lot like oyster bars.

But here’s how to tell the difference between these two structures:

  • Oyster bars have more defined edges
  • Mud flats sometimes have depressions or potholes in them that oyster bars don’t have

Alright, now you’ve found lots of oyster bars… how do you know which ones hold fish?

How To Choose Oyster Bars That Hold Fish

how to find oyster bars that hold fish

Some areas may have dozens of oyster bars and it’s impossible to fish them all to see which ones hold fish.

Thankfully, you can use satellite images to help you with that, too.

There are two things to look for that make a good oyster bar:

  1. Current
  2. Depth changes

In the image above, you can see how I drew out where the current flows on an incoming tide.

The oyster bars near the blue lines have both current and depth changes, so these are the ones that are most likely to hold fish.

So as you’re looking at the map in your area, look for oyster bars that are near current and have dropoffs next to them.

How To Catch Fish Around Oyster Bars

If you’ve found oyster bars that are likely to hold fish, the next step is to go and catch them!

The fish will be waiting in ambush down current of the bar and just out of the current, usually behind the bar.

So if you’re fishing with artificial lures, position yourself down current, throw your lure up current, and retrieve it down with the current so it will come in the direction the fish are facing.

If you’re using live bait, then position yourself up current and drift your baits down with the current so that they will drift right into the fishes’ waiting jaws.

And here’s a quick note about species-specific behavior:

Trout and redfish will be hanging pretty close to the bar, but flounder will often be on the bottom a little farther away from the bar where the bottom is sandy or muddy.

Keep that in mind as you’re tossing out your bait or lure.

P.S. During high tide, when the water is covering the bars, you can often throw topwater lures over them and catch redfish and trout.

Conclusion

how to catch flounder in summer

Oyster bars are some of the best spots to find redfish, trout, snook, and flounder.

Use Google Earth to find oyster bars that are likely to hold fish and present your bait or lure along with the current on the down current side of the bar.

Have any questions about fishing oyster bars?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Chris Murphey
10 months ago

Thanks for yall’s knowledge. wow in the last 3 weeks the info I’ve learned is gold.
Its night and day from where I was with salt skills. Thank u Thank u.

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Mark McKinney
10 months ago

I mainly fish oyster bars so I really appreciated that video.

Alex Frey
11 months ago

Incredible video Wyatt! Keep up the good work man!

Brian Moore
1 year ago

Google earth is great for general location of the oyster bars but I find less then satisfactory at providing the correct GPS coordinates. I have traced google earth to oyster bars that I already fish and find the GPS can be upward of 1/4 mile off. That could do more damage then just not finding a fish. Tread carefully if relying specifically on Earth to locate a new bar

Gary Yoder
1 year ago

Great stuff…i’ve been doing very well on the low tide during twilight time, question advice if high tide is during twilight timeframe?? fish same areas?? w same game plan?? have taken advice on topwater/jig depending on fish actions..thank you in advance.

Brent Gardner
1 year ago

Great video. I want to know more. You referenced more info about lures, tactics and retrieves in the video. How can I find this info?

Andy Hong
1 year ago

Yet another concise and informative video with real-world examples. Thanks Wyatt! 🙏

Anonymous
1 year ago

Awesome Wyatt!!! Great info and presentation.

Nick
1 year ago

Great job Wyatt. You confirmed for me that I’m not crazy. Been fishing em right, just not getting the results…time to find another bar! Love the low tide action. How would your approach change at higher tide with water covering the bar? Fish over top, behind (based on current) or stick to the edges?

Last edited 1 year ago by Nicholas Moulton
Brad Ewing
1 year ago

Agreed. Another home run, Wyatt. Always love your videos. Learning a lot.

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