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Freshwater Fishing License and Application Packets

ALL ANNUAL FISHING LICENSES EXPIRE AUGUST 31ST. 
 

Residents
 An ALABAMA RESIDENT can fish from the bank in their county of residence with hook and line (live bait only) without purchasing a license. Resident must be able to provide reasonable proof of residency while fishing.   

Recreational Licenses Available for Purchase by Phone, Website and Electronic Agents.  Most recreational licenses can be purchased at our Montgomery Office, our District Offices, County Probate/License Commissioner's Offices, and local agents (which includes most sporting goods/ bait & tackle shops in Alabama), over the website or by telephone 1-888-848-6887 (convenience / processing fees apply to website and telephone).

Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division District Map showing each county in each district with contact information for the district's supervisor for Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife.

Hunters Education: Requirements and other information

Landowner:  License requirements

Social Security Number View the State and Federal laws.

Residency Requirements:  You can only be the resident of one state.

Military: Requirements to Qualify for Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Freshwater Fishing
Allows a resident age 16 - 64 to fish the freshwaters of Alabama. Includes the Wildlife Heritage privileges. No trip licenses available. Expires August 31 annually. (Residents 64 are issued a 64 Lifetime License).
$12.75
 
Lifetime Fishing
Allows a resident up to age 64 to save money over the long term and purchase a lifetime license for yourself or a loved one.
Prices vary
Resident 64 Lifetime Fishing Allows a resident 64 years of age to fish the freshwaters of Alabama. Select all game or small game. Includes the wildlife heritage privileges. No expiration.
$12.75
Optional 65+ Fishing License

This VOLUNTARY annual licenses provides a way for those residents 65 years or over to continue supporting the wildlife and fisheries programs.  Includes the wildlife heritage privileges. 

$12.75
Senior Lifetime

This VOLUNTARY license provides a way for those residents 65 years or over to make a donation supporting the wildlife and fisheries programs.  Includes the wildlife heritage privileges.  No expiration.

$25.00
$50.00
$100.00
Wildlife Heritage License
Allows residents age 16 - 64 (residents 64 see 64 Lifetime License) to fish in freshwater statewide with hook and line from the bank, fish in WFF operated Public Fishing Lakes (daily lake permits required), hunt small game (except waterfowl) on WFF WMA (WMA permit required), shoot on WFF managed shooting ranges and support wildlife. Expires August 31 annually.
$10.60
Spearfishing
Allows residents age 16 - 64 to spear commercial or nongame fish in freshwater and saltwater completely submerged. Freshwater and/or saltwater fishing license also required. Annual licenses expire August 31 annually.
$6.00
Disabled Fishing
Allows a totally disabled resident age 16 - 64 to fish the saltwaters and freshwaters of Alabama during their period of total disability. After application is completed by physician, visit your local probate office for license issuance.
$1.00
Disabled Freshwater Fishing Military Veteran's Appreciation
Allows a resident age 16 - 64 to fish the freshwaters of Alabama. Must be certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration to be 20% or more disabled. Present VA certification letter to your local probate office. Includes the wildlife heritage privileges. Expires August 31 annually.
$3.05
Wirebasket
Allows a resident (any age) to catch non-game fish in public freshwaters for personal consumption. Prices and number of baskets vary depending on county. Not allowed in all counties.
Varies - see application

Nonresidents
All Nonresidents 16 years of age and over are required to have appropriate licenses.
 
Residency is determined by what state your driver's license is issued. Click here for definition of residency.
 
It is illegal in Alabama for a nonresident with a valid driver's license to possess an Alabama Non-Driver's ID card.

Freshwater Fishing - Annual
 
 
Allows nonresidents age 16 and over to fish the freshwaters of Alabama. Annual licenses expire August 31.   
*Due to reciprocal agreements, special fishing license fees may apply to residents of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee.
$48.95
 
 
 
 
 
$60.00
Louisiana
$54.29
 Mississippi
 
Freshwater Fishing - 7-day trip
Allows nonresidents age 16 and over to fish the freshwaters of Alabama. Annual licenses expire August 31.
*Due to reciprocal agreements, special fishing license fees may apply to residents of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee.
$27.60
$30.00
Florida
Spearfishing
Allows nonresidents age 16 and over to spear commercial or nongame fish in freshwater and saltwater completely submerged. Freshwater and/or saltwater fishing license also required. Annual licenses expire August 31 annually. 7-day trip is valid for 7 consecutive days.
$8.50
Annual
$3.50
7-day trip
 Wirebasket
 
Allows nonresidents (any age) to catch non-game fish in public freshwaters for personal consumption. Prices and number of baskets vary depending on county. Not allowed in all counties.
Varies - see application
 

 Alabama Residents 65 years of age and over are exempt from purchasing the state hunting license, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, state duck stamp and wildlife management area license. (MUST have Alabama driver's license or proof of permanent residence and age)

Many seniors expressed a strong desire to support wildlife and fisheries programs.  See below for these optional licenses that are available.

 


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