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.
Details may be found on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.
2021 Red Snapper Season
Red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico opens soon. The federal recreational fishing season for charter vessels and headboats opens June 1 and ends August 3. Contact any of our charter fishing providers about booking red snapper fishing trip for this summer.
For private anglers, Alabama state waters and federal waters will open on Friday, May 28, 2021. The season will consist of four-day weekends, Friday through Monday, beginning Friday, May 28, and continue until the private angler quota is projected to be met.
Any Day Spent Fishing is a Good Day!
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
|Species||Best time to catch||Inshore||Nearshore||Offshore|
|Amberjack, Greater||Year-round: Peak: May - mid September||
|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|
|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|
|Snapper, Red||Seasonal (changes year to year)||X||X|