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Styx River, Baldwin County

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Fishing the Styx River, Baldwin County, Alabama

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The Styx River is a stream located in eastern Baldwin County. The navigable section of the Styx River begins near Steelwood, Alabama, and ends near Seminole, Alabama, 26 miles downstream at the confluence of the Perdido River.

The Styx River is known locally as a great place for float trips. This river also has one of the few waterfalls in south Alabama. The waterfall is located upstream of County Road 68.

Despite the recreational traffic, this stream offers angling opportunities for bass, bream and catfish. During the summer, weekdays are the best time for fishing. Bass and bream can be caught on beetle spins, rooster tails, plastic grubs, and small crankbaits and topwater baits. Catfish can be caught on dead bait fished on the bottom. When fishing focus on deep holds found near bends in the river and eddies. Fishing is probably best closest to the 2009 Mississippi State Fish Art Contest Winner; Kayla Lee - Artistmouth; however, fish can be caught anywhere along the Styx River.

The Styx River is best suited to small shallow draft boats, kayaks, and canoes. Access is limited to this stream, but you can launch canoes at the bridge crossings at County Road 87 or US Hwy 90. The Styx River is also accessible from the Perdido River. Seminole Boat Ramp is on Brown’s Road in Seminole, Alabama, just south of the mouth on the Styx River on the Perdido River.

Like many coastal streams, the Styx River is subjected to fluctuations in water level depending on rainfall. If you would like to take a trip, it is suggested that you check the water level and flow rates at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02377570. If the water is well above average, safter boating would be experienced by waiting until the river returned to normal levels.

Links (disclaimer):

Fishing license information may be found at: Licenses. Instant licensing is available via Internetor telephone. Youth age 15 and younger fish for free. Alabama resident 65 and older are not required to have a license to fish in Alabama.
Possession and creel limits for Alabama public waters are listed at: Creel Limits

Styx River Tube and Canoe Rentals has tubes and canoes for rent.
Styx River Resort has cabins and camping.

The entire Styx River was determined navigable, which means the State of Alabama owns the bottom of the stream.

If you have further questions about the Styx River, please contact the District V Office of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at (251) 626-5153.

The Styx River has a fish consumption advisory. Information on the consumption advisory may be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site, www.adph.org. Consumption advisory information is found in "A-Z Contents" under "Fish Consumption Advisories."

"It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which it came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing."

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