Perdido Pass Orange Beach AL at sunrise

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.

Details may be found on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.

Any Day Spent Fishing is a Good Day!

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Plan ahead of your 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 for it 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 depending on the season. Complete your Gulf Coast fishing experience by cooking your catch later in the evening as there are a number of restaurants that will cook your fresh fish for you!

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. 

Until the Alabama private angler red snapper quota has been met, weekends for red snapper fishing for private recreational anglers will be open. The weekends will consist of Saturdays beginning at 12:01 a.m. and run until midnight on Sundays.

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

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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    
Snapper, Red Seasonal (changes year to year)   X X