Find Out When You Need a Fishing License, How to Get One

Whether you like it salty or fresh, you’re invited to fish from our lakes, rivers, bayous, bays and the Gulf of Mexico.

Alabama makes it easier than ever to obtain a fishing license so you don’t get caught with your rod down and no license.

Licenses are required for freshwater and saltwater fishing, for residents and nonresidents alike. Rates vary according to the license being purchased and the state in which you reside. However, you don’t have to purchase a license if you are fishing aboard a licensed charter boat. Your captain will provide your license, bait and tackle on a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach charter fishing trip. You can purchase a license for a week, a trip or a year. Annual licenses are valid from September 1 to August 31.

Alabama’s Gulf Coast has a multitude of fishing opportunities, including the Tensaw River Delta and numerous rivers, bays and bayous for those who like a fishing experience with calm waters. Enjoy the Gulf of Mexico? You can fish from our shores, piers and charter boats on the deep blue sea and reel in your prized catch. Just make sure you have the right license for your fishing fun.

To learn more about bag limits and regulations, visit Outdoor Alabama, the official website of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Man fishing in Gulf of Mexico

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