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Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Fishing Seasons

Fishing is a year round sport along the shores of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Here's a list of what's biting and what's in season.

From pier fishing at the Gulf State Park Pier to spending the day at Little Lagoon, there is somewhere for both novice and experienced anglers to cast their line. Details may be found on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.

2021 Red Snapper Season

Known as “Red Snapper Capital of the World,” Gulf Shores is the best place to find these remarkable fish. For recreational vessels, red snapper season opens Friday, May 28, and includes fishing four days each week—Friday through Monday. The season will close when the private angler quota is met. 2021 federal recreational fishing season for charter vessels and headboats closed November 6.

2021 Amberjack and Triggerfish Seasons

Recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal and Alabama state waters closes November 1, 2021. The season will remain closed through April 30, 2022, and is scheduled to reopen May 1-31, 2022. 

Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in federal and Alabama state waters closed September 15, 2021, and will remain closed through March 1, 2022.

Contact any of our charter fishing providers about booking a fishing trip.

Any Day Spent Fishing is a Good Day!

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Plan ahead of your next family fishing vacation to make sure you get access to all of the fish you're looking for. Get insight into the best time of the year to visit depending on the fishing season and where you plan on fishing, whether it be inshore, offshore, or nearshore. Fishing in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach won't disappoint, as you get access to a variety of different fish from king mackerels and Spanish mackerels to red snappers and groupers, depending on the season. Several area restaurants will complete your Gulf Coast fishing experience by preparing your fresh catch for you. It just doesn't get any fresher than that!

Don't forget to make things easier on yourself by booking a fishing charter and get access to local experts and captains to ensure your catch is plentiful when you visit. 

 

Species Best time to catch Inshore Nearshore Offshore
Amberjack, Greater Year-round: Peak: May - mid September    

X

Bluefish March - November X X  
Cobia (Ling) March - October: Peak: April   X  
Croaker, Atlantic April - October X    
Crevalle Jack May to November X    
Dolphinfish (Dolphin, Dorado, Mahi-Mahi) June - October: Peak: June     X
Black Drum March - October: Peak: My - June X    
Red Drum (Bull Redfish) Year-round X    
Flounder ( Gulf, Southern) April - October X X  
Groupers (black,gag,red,scamp,yellowfin) Year-round     X
Kingfish, Gulf and Southern May - September X   X
King Mackerel April - October: Peak August - mid September   X X
Spanish Mackerel March - September: Peak: July - August X X  
Pompano March - October: Peak: July - August   X  
Sailfish, Atlantic May - October: Peak: July - August     X
Seatrout, Sand and Silver May - November: Peak: June - July X    
Sharks March - November    X X
Sheepshead Year-round: Peak: March X    
Red Snapper, Snapper, Vermillion Seasonal (changes year to year)   X X

 

Fishing FAQ's

1. Can you fish on public beaches in Alabama

If you are an Alabama resident between the ages of 16-64 you are able to fish on public property with a permit. If you are 65+ or under 16 years old, no permit it required. A saltwater fishing license is required for all of the waters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. This includes the Intracoastal Waterway and the back bays. If you choose to fish on a charter boat, the charter company will provide everything you need, including the license.

2. What is the daily bag limit in the Gulf Shores?

For recreational fishing there is a daily bag limit of five. If you are a harvester, your daily bag limit is 100 fish per person.

3. What fish are in season in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?

Fish Seasons

January

Black Drum

Oysters

Sheepshead

February

Black Drum

Grouper

Oysters

March

Black Drum

Grouper

Sheepshead

Mullet

Oysters

April

Grouper

Spanish Mackerel

Hard-Shell Crab

May

Shark

Mullet

Spanish Mackerel

Hard-Shell Crab

Soft-Shell Crab

June

Shark

Red Snapper

Flounder

Atlantic Croaker

King Mackerel

Brown Shrimp

Hard-Shell Crab

Soft-Shell Crab

July

Red Snapper

Flounder

Atlantic Croaker

King Mackerel

Brown Shrimp

Hard-Shell Crab

Soft-Shell Crab

August

King Mackerel

Flounder

Brown Shrimp

Hard-Shell Crab

September

Flounder

Mullet

Atlantic Croaker

Amberjack

King Mackerel

White Shrimp

October

Spanish Mackerel

Atlantic Croaker

Mullet

Amberjack

Flounder

White Shrimp

November

Sheepshead

Mullet

Oysters

White Shrimp

December

Black Drum

Sheepshead

Oysters

White Shrimp

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