Fishing in Alabama

Home of the biggest charter fleet on the entire Gulf Coast and the largest artificial reef ecosystem in the US, the waterways of Alabama are virtually designed to keep a fisherman happy. Graced with an easy access to the many tournament-tested hotspots of the Gulf via Mobile and Perdido Bays, bluewater fishing is a year-long spectacle for the visiting angler, and just about as productive as it is diverse. Depending on the time of year, trolling is the preferred method for a wide variety of trophy game fish, including King and Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna, and should you be especially lucky, even the occasional Sailfish or White Marlin. Bottom fishing enthusiasts will have their hands full with the likes of Amberjack and Triggerfish readily swallowing their bait, followed by Scamp, Red and Gag Grouper, Triggerfish, seasonal Cobia, and of course, the notorious Red Snapper. And for the real adrenaline junkies among you, shark fishing knows no season, with Bull, Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads and Blacktips all part of the typical roster. On the other hand, very much mirroring the state's prolific deep sea potential, Alabama's extensive river and estuarial systems support an abundant inshore fishery, with the local bays, jetties and oyster bars brimming with anything from Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead and White Trout to the likes of Pompano, Black Drum, Tripletail and Tarpon!

Known For

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,  Dauphin Island, Talladega Superspeedway, Rosa Parks Museum, Desoto State Park Resort, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, The Birmingham Zoo, Unclaimed Baggage Center, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Gulf Coast beaches, Vulcan Park and Museum, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Mobile Bay, Point Mallard Park, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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.

Alabama Fishing Calendar