If you’ve ever wanted to go fishing on Alabama’s Gulf Coast but didn’t know where to begin, check out the information below. All it takes is some simple equipment and a few basic pointers, and you can start reeling them in!
Before you go fishing, make sure you purchase a fishing license if one is needed.
- Residents and nonresidents under the age of 16 are exempt from needing a license. Residents age 65 and over are also exempt.
- In addition to traditional saltwater fishing, a saltwater license is required for cast netting, gigging, spear fishing and recreational crab traps.
- Regardless of the date purchased, Alabama licenses expire on August 31.
- See current saltwater license prices.
- Annual and seven-day trip licenses are available for residents and non-residents.
- Saltwater Angler Registration is required for residents who are not required to purchase an annual saltwater license such as those 65 or older, have a lifetime saltwater license, or fish exclusively on a pier that has purchased a pier fishing license. Registration is free.
New in 2019 - Reef Fish Endorsement: This endorsement will be required for any person possessing, taking or attempting to take ALL gulf reef fish species listed in Rule 220-3-.46. Required for all resident and non-resident anglers 16 years of age and older, to include: disabled, veterans appreciation, 65 and older, lifetime license holders, pier licenses, annual saltwater licenses, trip licenses, commercial fishermen, and charter boats.
- Endorsement will be available for recreational anglers beginning Aug. 26. and Sept. 16 for commercial vessels.
- Cost for individual anglers: $10
- Endorsement can be purchased anywhere fishing licenses are sold, including online.
Licenses are available at various outdoors retailers throughout the state such as Walmart, Academy and Bass Pro Shops. You can also purchase one online using the button below.
KNOW THE RULES
- Saltwater regulations - Some saltwater species' seasons open and close based on federal seasons. If you have specific questions, call 251-861-2882 or 251-968-7576.
- Saltwater/Freshwater license boundary map
WHERE TO FISH
Alabama offers abundant saltwater fishing opportunities along its Gulf Coast. In addition to the ideas listed below, surf fishing is a great way to dip your toe into saltwater fishing. But, before you cast a line make sure surf fishing is allowed in your chosen beach location.
- Gulf State Park fishing pier - Located at Gulf State Park. Sometimes the pier offers beginning angler classes. Call call 251-948-7275, ext. 92128 for details.
- Artificial reefs - Alabama has the most diverse artificial reef program in the U.S.
- Coastal boating access points - Places to launch a boat.
SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS
- Saltwater fishing tips - Recommended bait, time of year, etc.
- Types of saltwater fishing - from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
- Saltwater tackle - from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
- Learn about tides
- Alabama Marine Resources Information Calendar (pdf) - This annual publication contains daily tides, moon phases, sunrise/sunset times, common fish caught and more. It is available in print form at various locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties.