Way back in the day, when I used to wholesale local "East Bay Oysters" spring was always an iffy time due to the spring rains and runoff. Also oysters are spawning with the fresh water and will sometimes be milky and swollen which turns me off. Best time for salty oysters will be Oct/Nov/Dec. Should be plenty of oysters south of I-10, 1/4 mileoff Trout Bayou in Escambia Bay. An old trick to find oysters is to drag a rope with about 3-4 feet of heavy chain on the end at idle speed. When the chain hits oysters, it will jump and jerk....then all you got to do is tong those babies onto your culling board (a whole lot easier said than done...but I think everyone should have to tong oysters for about a week....builds character!).