Fishing Made Easy
Charter boat businesses are open and will comply with the six feet distancing guidelines. Stringent cleaning and sanitation procedures are in place to ensure the well-being of customers and crew. Check with the charter boat of your choice to learn what service modifications are in place.
While fishing from shore, docks, piers and other private fishing locations, social distancing should be practiced.
Red snapper season for recreational fishing from private vessels begins May 22 and ends July 19, 2020.
Red snapper fishing is permitted on weekends only - 12:01AM Friday to 11:59PM Monday. The limit is 2 fish per person per day. Before you drop that line in the water visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website for details.
The season dates listed above only apply to anglers fishing from recreational vessels and state-licensed Alabama commercial party boats that do not hold federal for-hire fishing permits. Anglers fishing from federally permitted for-hire vessels have their own 62-day season beginning June 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. local time through August 2, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. local time.
The great fish breaks the surface of Alabama's beach water. Crystal droplets hang suspended in the sunlight between the sky and the Gulf. The tail dance of an Atlantic sailfish, rising out of the deep, skittering across the turquoise waters is a thrill no angler can forget when fishing in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.
Going after sailfish is only one of the angling thrills that await you on your visit to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. From bluewater fishing to cruising the back bays for snapper, the angling possibilities are endless. Need to know what's running? Check out our Fishing by Season page.
Once you landed the big one many of our local restaurants will be happy to Cook Your Catch
Whether you’re visiting for a fishing trip or you’re an experienced fisherman, these five tips will set you up for a great day on the shore. This quick guide covers the most important pompano fishing advice, from picking the right gear to casting your line in the right area.
When you go bluewater fishing in Alabama's Gulf Coast, either through a fishing charter or deep-sea fishing, you have a chance to land some of the best gamefish around, including:
- Snapper - plentiful and great eating
- Yellowfin tuna - popular fish to target, renowned for its flavor
- Blackfin tuna - will take your bait deep when hooked
- Grouper - prefers deep water near natural or manmade structures
- Wahoo - a fast-swimming fighter
If you're in search of the trophy photo of a lifetime, blue marlin is the king of game fish and can be found in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Its smaller leaping cousin, white marlin, is also found in the deep Gulf waters along with the tail-dancing Atlantic sailfish. Check out our seasonal fishing page.
- Speckled and white trout - ferocious in attacking baits
- Flounder - found near piers and structures
- Redfish - prized shallow water fighting game fish
- Mackerel - plentiful warm water coastal fish
- Cobia/Crab eaters - migratory fish caught just off the beaches.
If you're in search of a real fishing story, go after barracuda. These are fierce fighters with teeth to match: making for a promising battle between man and fish.
Pier and Shore Fishing
For those who prefer to sit back in their beach chair and cast a line, you’ll find plenty of space and plenty of fish along our beaches. Visit the popular Gulf State Park Pier with over two thousand feet of rail space for anglers.
With a fleet of over a hundred fishing charter boats heading out into the Gulf and back bays daily, booking a fishing excursion is easy. Once aboard, experienced captains will get you to your fish and show you how to hook your trophy. Private party fishing charters and walk-on group charters are available. Bait, tackle and fishing licenses are provided as part of the fishing charter package. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the fishing experience of a lifetime.
Sometimes you just want to skim over the turquoise waters and experience the Gulf for yourself. We understand. The boat-friendly environment in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offers full boating services and friendly Southern hospitality. You can either bring your own or get a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach boat rental. Check in at one of our marinas and we'll guide you to where the fish are biting.
Gulf Shores Fishing is a New World
Head offshore or cruise the back bays to find your catch this fishing season. You will find yourself in a whole different state of fishing, where turquoise waters lap softly against sugar-white sand beaches and the deep Gulf waters promise the catch of a lifetime. Plan your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach fishing trip today!