Recreational Size and Creel Limits for Alabama State Waters
(Includes inshore waters and Gulf Waters out to 3 miles offshore)

THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL COPY OF THE LAWS OR REGULATIONS.  THIS EXPLANATION OF THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS IS CORRECT AS OF THE DATE SPECIFIED.  BEFORE TAKING PART IN THIS FISHERY PLEASE CALL 251-861-2882 OR 251-968-7576  FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.   IT IS THE FISHERMAN’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS IN EFFECT AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

Updated September 21, 2016

SPECIES

SIZE LIMIT

DAILY CREEL LIMIT

Sheepshead12" min. FL10 per person

Spotted Seatrout

14" min. TL

10 per person

Red Drum**16" min. - 26" max TL3 per person - 1 oversized fish allowed in the 3 fish creel limit
Cobia (Ling)33" min. FL2 per person
King Mackerel24" min. FL2 per person
Spanish Mackerelnone15 per person
Florida Pompano12" min. TL3 per person
Gag Grouper***         (#)24" min TL2 per person***
Red Grouper***         (#)20" min TL2 per person ***
Black Grouper***       (#)24" min TL4 per person ***
Yellowfin Grouper***  (#)20" min TL4 per person ***
Scamp***                   (#)16" min TL4 per person ***
Greater Amberjack    (#)34" min FL1 per person
Striped Bass16" min TL2 per person****
Gray Triggerfish14" min FL2 per person*****
Flounder12" min TL10 per person
Tripletail (Blackfish)18" min TL3 per person
Lesser Amberjack14" - 22" FLReef Fish Aggregate*****
Banded Rudderfish14" - 22" FLReef Fish Aggregate*****
Yellowfin Tuna27" min CFLNo Creel Limit
Bigeye Tuna27" min CFLNo Creel Limit

(#) Alabama state waters open and close along with federal regulations.

Click here   for the NOAA Fisheries Bulletin detailing new openings and closures

** Red Drum (redfish) - 1 fish may exceed maximum size.

*** Mixed species grouper aggregate creel limit: 4 per person (No more than 2 red and 2 gag grouper may be included in grouper aggregate.
**** Only two Striped Bass are allowed within MRD Jurisdiction.
***** There is a twenty (20) fish aggregate creel limit for reef fish species (for example, grunts, porgies, gray triggerfish, lane snapper, etc.) for which there is no other bag limit.
****** Oct. 24-Dec. 31, 25 mullet per person from the shoreline or 25 per boat.  No mullet by cast net or snagging in Theodore Industrial Canal, Dog River, Fowl River, and their tributeries.

 

Red Snapper         (#)16" min. TL2 per person in state and federal waters
Vermillon Snapper (beeliner) (#)10" min. TLReef Fish aggregate*****
Lane Snapper (#)8" min. TLReef Fish aggregate*****
Gray Snapper (mangrove, black) (#)12" min. TL10 per person

Tarpon

60" min. TL

$50.00 tag required to possess, kill or harvest each tarpon.

Sharks

Atlantic Sharpnose

none1 per person per day
Bonnetheadnone1 per person per day
Great Hammerhead78" min. FL1 per person per day
Smooth Hammerhead78" min. FL1 per person per day
Scalloped Hammerhead78" min. FL1 per person per day
All Other Shark Species

54" min FL (30" dressed)

1 per person per day

Alabama has instituted new regulations pertaining to the harvest of shark species for commercial and recreational purposes. Click here for info provided to aid anglers in the identification of common species of sharks which may occur in Alabama"s coastal waters.

Prohibited Species: Goliath Grouper (Jewfish) (Click Here to learn more about Goliath Grouper and to report sightings in Alabama waters), Nassau Grouper, Atlantic Angel Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Bigeye Thresher Shark, Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Caribbean Sharpnose Shark, Galapogos Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Dusky Shark, Longfin Mako Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Basking Shark, Whale Shark, White Shark, Smalltail Shark, Smalltooth Sawfish, Largetooth Sawfish, Spotted Eagle Ray, Atlantic Manta Sandbar Shark (unless the fisherman possesses a NOAA Fisheries sandbar shark research permit).