Diving and Fishing
Water Activities & Pier Information
The clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay are teeming with fish, including blue marlin, red snapper, mackerel, trout, pompano and cobia. More than 10 fishing tournaments are held here annually. Test your angling versatility by fly casting for redfish in St. Andrew Bay, trolling the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a regal blue marlin, or playing tug-of-war with a feisty red snapper. There is no better spot in the southeast to dive than off the coast of Panama City Beach. The many natural and artificial reefs and the warm waters of the Gulf cultivate the ideal habitat for sea life. Some of the species you can spot while scuba diving or snorkeling includes sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, starfish, sand dollars and puffer fish. Bay County is closed to Scalloping, Shellfish, and Oysters.
Russell-Fields Pier (City Pier)
The Russell-Fields Pier, also known as the City Pier, is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located on Front Beach Road across the street from Pier Park/Aaron Bessant Park. This pier is over 1,500 feet long and is the longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico! Please see the table below for current rates, which are subject to change. For more information call Panama City Beach City Hall at (850) 541-2310. There is also a 400 foot Pet Friendly Beach located West of the pier. More information can be found at: www.bayfwd.org OR call (850) 233-5045.
M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier)
Bay County joined with Panama City Beach to replace the damaged M.B. Miller Pier with one identical to the Russell Pier (at Pier Park on the West End of the beach.) The old M.B. Miller Pier, a 470-foot long, concrete structure damaged in 2005, is replaced by a new 1,500 foot-long structure. The pier will be open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please see below for current rates, which are subject to change:
Over 6 years old, fishing – $6
Children under 6, fishing – Free
Military, over 65 or disabled, fishing – $3
Spectators – $2
St. Andrews State Park
The State Park also offers two fishing piers, The Tiller Pier on the Gulf Side, and the other fishing pier gives fishermen access to the protected waters of the Grand Lagoon side. Fishing or walking on the piers is free, although there is a charge to enter the state park.