Gulf Shores Fishing

No one who's tackled the versatile waterways of Gulf Shores and Orange beach firsthand should be surprised that the two fishing heavyweights accommodate one of the largest charter fleets on the entire Gulf Coast. And although the city harbors an increasingly rewarding inshore fishery, bustling with the likes of Bull Reds, Flounders, Pompano, Ladyfish, Black Drum and trophy Trout, reef and deep sea fishing remain very much the name of the local angling game. Often considered ground zero for American Red Snapper fishing, an army of over 17000 artificial reefs dominating the sea floor provide an unbeatable backdrop for a variety of bottom huggers like Triggerfish, Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia, including over half a dozen other Snapper species such as White Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper and more. Strictly enforced fishing regulations and elongated closed seasons for certain species may not seem particularly fun to most fisherfolk, but they do make sure the bite is more than red hot when it counts. In addition to bottom fishing, count on summer and fall offshore seasons to bring you head-to-fin against world-class piscatorial warriors such as Wahoo, Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel, as well as Tuna, Sailfish and even an odd Marlin every now and then!

Known For

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Waterville USA, Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, Dolphin Cruises, Pirates Island Adventure Golf, LuLu’s at Homeport, Prolific fishing seasons, Track Family Recreation Center,  Gulf Adventure Center

Rules & Regulations

A Saltwater Fishing License is mandatory for all anglers over the age of 16, fishing in the saltwater areas of the state of Alabama. Both annual as well as 7-day trip permits are made available for residents and non-residents.

Gulf Shores Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.