Alabama Fishing Regulation Changes


Alabama’s 2020 private angler red snapper season opened Friday, May 22, 2020. The season is anticipated to last for 35 days and is scheduled to close on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Weekends only (Friday-Monday).


  • 36 inches fork length

Spotted Sea Trout

  • Slot Length is 15 inches total length to 22 inches total length
  • 6 per person, per day with one over 22 inches total length allowed


  • 14 inches total length (recreational and commercial)
  • Recreational creel limit is 5 per person
  • Commercial creel limit is 40 per person or 40 per vessel
  • Closed season for flounder is November 1 through November 30 for both recreational and commercial anglers

Hook Requirements

  • Anglers fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing gulf reef fish species (as defined in Rule 220-3-.46) must use non-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural bait.
  • Anglers fishing for, retaining, or possessing, or landing sharks must use non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural bait.

Commercial and Recreational Regulations

To stay up to date on commercial and recreational managed species visit the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Federal Regulations page.  If you have any questions regarding what species are currently in season please contact either the Gulf Shores (215-968-7576) or Dauphin Island (251-861-2882) office and speak with an enforcement officer.