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.
Official seasons can change especially for Red Snapper. Official Red Snapper season information for leisure and charter fishing is provided by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Red Snapper Season Opens June 1st . There are two variations of red snapper season:
Recreational anglers: Alabama state waters will open to the harvest of red snapper on, June 1, 2019 and remain open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through July 28 plus Thursday July 4. Five additional days were added and they are Thursday, August 1 through Monday, August 5. It is required by law to report your catch.
Charters: For most charters, the season runs June 1 to August 2, 7 days a week (weekdays and weekends). Federally permitted vessels cannot fish in Alabama state waters when they are closed by the state. These vessels will report your catch for you. Anglers are reminded the bag limit is two fish per person with a minimum size of 16 inches total length.
Details provided by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
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|