Alabama’s 2020 private angler red snapper season opens Friday, May 22, 2020. The season is anticipated to last for 35 days and is scheduled to close on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Weekends only (Friday-Monday).
Yellowfin Tuna now has a creel limit of 3 per person.
Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will open at 12:01 am on March 1, 2020, and close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on May 2, 2020.
Flounder - possessing, taking, or attempting to take flounder harvested in the waters of Alabama for commercial or recreational purposes from November 1 through November 30 is prohibited.
Regulation Changes Beginning August 1, 2019
- 36 inches fork length
Spotted Sea Trout
- Slot Length is 15 inches total length to 22 inches total length
- 6 per person, per day with one over 22 inches total length allowed
- 14 inches total length (recreational and commercial)
- Recreational creel limit is 5 per person
- Commercial creel limit is 40 per person or 40 per vessel
- Closed season for flounder is November 1 through November 30 for both recreational and commercial anglers
- Anglers fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing gulf reef fish species (as defined in Rule 220-3-.46) must use non-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural bait.
- Anglers fishing for, retaining, or possessing, or landing sharks must use non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural bait.
Beginning August 26, 2019
A Reef Fish Endorsement will be available for purchase for recreational licenses beginning August 26, 2019. Commercial license sales will begin on September 16, 2019. The Reef Fish Endorsement will be required for any person possessing, taking or attempting to take any gulf reef fish species listed in Rule 220-3-.46 (see below). This endorsement is required for all resident and non-resident anglers 16 years of age and older, and includes disabled, veterans appreciation, 65 and older, lifetime license holders, pier licenses, annual saltwater licenses, trip licenses, commercial fishermen, and charter boats.
The Alabama Marine Resources Division manages Alabama's marine fisheries resources with assessment and monitoring, applied research, and enforcement programs. The Division offices are located in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island. Fishing licenses can be purchased at both locations or online.
Each year, the Marine Resources Division publishes a tide calendar. The calendars are available at many outdoor retailers in Baldwin and Mobile counties, at the Marine Resources offices in Dauphin Island and Gulf Shores, and is also available to download.