! Hunting & Fishing Licenses | Boat Registration Renewal
 

Creel and Size Limits

Recreational Size and Creel Limits for Alabama State Waters
(Includes inshore waters and Gulf Waters out to 3 miles offshore)

 

THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL COPY OF THE LAWS OR REGULATIONS.  THIS EXPLANATION OF THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS IS CORRECT AS OF THE DATE SPECIFIED.  BEFORE TAKING PART IN THIS FISHERY PLEASE CALL 251-861-2882 OR 251-968-7576  FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.   IT IS THE FISHERMAN’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS IN EFFECT AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

Updated August 28, 2013

SPECIES

SIZE LIMIT

DAILY CREEL LIMIT

Sheepshead 12" min. FL 10 per person

Spotted Seatrout

14" min. TL

10 per person

Red Drum** 16" min. - 26" max TL 3 per person - 1 oversized fish allowed in the 3 fish creel limit
Cobia (Ling) 33" min. FL 2 per person
King Mackerel 24" min. FL 2 per person
Spanish Mackerel none 15 per person
Florida Pompano 12" min. TL 3 per person
Gag Grouper***         (#) 22" min TL 2 per person***
Red Grouper***         (#) 20" min TL 4 per person ***
Black Grouper***       (#) 22" min TL 4 per person ***
Yellowfin Grouper***  (#) 20" min TL 4 per person ***
Scamp***                   (#) 16" min TL 4 per person ***
Greater Amberjack    (#) 30" min FL 1 per person
Striped Bass 16" min TL 2 per person****
Gray Triggerfish 14" min FL 2 per person*****
Flounder 12" min TL 10 per person
Tripletail (Blackfish) 18" min TL 3 per person
Lesser Amberjack 14" - 22" FL Reef Fish Aggregate*****
Banded Rudderfish 14" - 22" FL Reef Fish Aggregate*****
Yellowfin Tuna 27" min CFL No Creel Limit
Bigeye Tuna 27" min CFL No Creel Limit

(#) Alabama state waters open and close along with federal regulations.

Click here   for the NOAA Fisheries Bulletin detailing new openings and closures

** Red Drum (redfish) - 1 fish may exceed maximum size.

*** Mixed species grouper aggregate creel limit: 4 per person (No more than 4 red and 2 gag grouper may be included in grouper aggregate.
**** Only two Striped Bass are allowed within MRD Jurisdiction.
***** There is a twenty (20) fish aggregate creel limit for reef fish species (for example, grunts, porgies, gray triggerfish, lane snapper, etc.) for which there is no other bag limit.

 

 

Red Snapper         (#) 16" min. TL 2 per person in state and federal waters
Vermillon Snapper (beeliner) (#) 10" min. TL Reef Fish aggregate*****
Lane Snapper (#) 8" min. TL Reef Fish aggregate*****
Gray Snapper (mangrove, black) (#) 12" min. TL 10 per person

Tarpon

60" min. TL

$50.00 tag required to possess, kill or harvest each tarpon.

Sharks

Atlantic Sharpnose

none 1 per person per day
Bonnethead none 1 per person per day
Great Hammerhead 78" min. FL 1 per person per day
Smooth Hammerhead 78" min. FL 1 per person per day
Scalloped Hammerhead 78" min. FL 1 per person per day
All Other Shark Species

54" min FL (30" dressed)

1 per person per day

Alabama has instituted new regulations pertaining to the harvest of shark species for commercial and recreational purposes. Click here for info provided to aid anglers in the identification of common species of sharks which may occur in Alabama's coastal waters.

Prohibited Species: Goliath Grouper (Jewfish) (Click Here to learn more about Goliath Grouper and to report sightings in Alabama waters), Nassau Grouper, Atlantic Angel Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Bigeye Thresher Shark, Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Caribbean Sharpnose Shark, Galapogos Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Dusky Shark, Longfin Mako Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Basking Shark, Whale Shark, White Shark, Smalltail Shark, Smalltooth Sawfish, Largetooth Sawfish, Spotted Eagle Ray, Atlantic Manta Sandbar Shark (unless the fisherman possesses a NOAA Fisheries sandbar shark research permit).

 

 

Official Web site of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
©2008 Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources   |   64 N. Union Street, Suite 468 - Montgomery, Alabama 36130