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Fishing in Orange Beach

Orange Beach fishing is one of Alabama’s major tourist attractions. Home to one of the biggest charter fleets in the Gulf and the largest artificial reef ecosystem in the entire US, Orange Beach is every vacationing angler's dream destination. Prolific fishing grounds teeming with game fish virtually all year round, combined with championship golf courses, unparalleled dining experiences, refreshing nature hikes and dolphin cruises make this Alabama jewel a perfect spot for the entire family.

Known For

What Orange Beach lacks in natural sea floor landscape, it makes up for in man-made fish attractors. Although the local coastal area is relatively shallow with a flat sandy or muddy bottom, these waters are home to over 100 artificial reefs - all within easy reach of the shore. What does that mean? Fish, and plenty of them.

Inshore, Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and more are up for grabs. Perdido Bay is just around the corner, and is an excellent fishery with live bait or lures. Other top inshore hotspots include Alabama Point, Terry Cove, Ono Island, Dixie Bar, Wolf Bar, and Inerariy Point.

Fishing Orange Beach’s nearshore waters involves trolling for Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel, sight fishing for huge Red Drum and Cobia, or bottom fishing around one of those famous artificial reefs. Otherwise, the reefs further offshore are home to a great number of bottom fish, and the further out you go, the less fishing pressure you will find. Come Snapper season, and you will find the Orange Beach party boat fishing fleet taking customers to the reefs several times a day to catch these delicious bottom-dwelling targets. Spots on these boats can be hard to come by: book well in advance if you want to secure yourself the chance of a freshly-caught Snapper supper!

Orange Beach’s relatively shallow waters mean deep sea fishing trips targeting larger fish will usually take a full 24 hours or more. But it is worth the travel time: reach the deeper waters and oil rigs 60-120 miles offshore and you will be in with the chance of catching Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo.

Rules & Regulations

An Alabama fishing license is required to fish in any public state waters, fresh or salt, resident or non-resident. When fishing aboard a licensed charter boat, there's no license required.

Types of Fishing

Troll offshore for King Mackerel, or take an extended day trip to the offshore oil rigs for Tuna and Billfish. Stay near the beautiful shoreline and fish for trophy Redfish, Trout or Pompano. Or fish the artificial reefs for the notorious Red Snapper, Grouper, or Amberjack. Whatever you choose, the pristine waters of Orange Beach will not disappoint.

Orange Beach Fishing Seasons

Offshore fishing for Grouper is good, with 10-12 hour trips best. Inshore, river fishing can be phenomenal. Usually, Amberjack and Triggerfish are open, although regulations are liable to change.

The annual Black Drum migration begins. This is your chance to land a 30-50 lb fish from a small boat! Otherwise, catch a mammoth on an 18 + hour trip for Yellowfin Tuna around the oil rigs.

Spring Break arrives! With it comes potential for strong winds. The Cobia migration is gearing up, Redfish is caught inshore, and Amberjack and Grouper are testing line strength offshore.

The waters start to heat up and so does the fishing. Sight fish for Cobia along the coast, catch Redfish, Trout and Flounder inshore, or head offshore for Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.

As summer arrives, the fishing gets better and better. Troll for Wahoo and Mackerel, look out for Cobia, or make the most of the amazing bottom fish bite. It’s all going off!

The weather is stable and the seas are calm. Make sure you come prepared for the heat! Red Snapper season usually opens now and nearshore trolling is excellent too.

Everything is biting - the only thing you will have trouble finding is space on a charter boat! Make sure you book in good time. This is peak season for visitors and fish alike.

Avoid the heat on an early morning or evening trip and enjoy the sun rise or set over the unbelievably still waters. Just like last month, the fishing is on top form.

Weather and fishing begin to transition into Fall. Waters are usually calm and the bite is excellent. Redfish and Speckled Trout are biting like crazy inshore and White Marlin can be caught offshore.

Bottom fish continue to bite well, as well as Trout and Redfish inshore. Cold fronts and extreme weather conditions get more common. Watch out for an infamous “Blue Norther!”

This is an excellent time to target Bull Redfish, with deep dropping offshore also very good. Bad weather conditions get more common but the big fish close to shore make it worthwhile.

Trolling or sight fishing for big Bull Redfish makes for very exciting fishing. Weather conditions are relatively mild, with the first frost not usually appearing until the end of the month.

Orange Beach Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About Orange Beach

"April fishing trip"

Tom Sookma fished with Fishin Magician Charters on April 19, 2018

Had a great time. I would recommend this charter. Capt Frankie and first mate was awesome. Knew how to get to the fish and first mate was very helpful. Thank you!!!

"5 hour inshore afternoon trip"

Traci Pritchard fished with Lost Bay Fishing-No Catch No Pay!! on April 15, 2018

Weather is never definite. Plan for the unexpected and take your cations advise.

"Half Day afternoon with Angler Management"

Jeff Cull fished with Angler Management Inshore Fishing on April 8, 2018

We didn't do very good shore fishing in the surf by our condo, but the charter boat fishing was great. They just know where the fish are, what spots to try, how to read the waters, what rig and bait to use, and how to find success.
Orange Beach
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Top Types of Fishing in Orange Beach

  1. 1 Inshore Fishing

Top Fishing Techniques in Orange Beach

  1. 1 Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Orange Beach

Snapper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Cobia

Amberjack