Fishing Regulations - Alabama Fishing (2022)

At this time, the Seasons and Bag Limits have not been finalized and are subject to change pending final review.

Game Fish

The following shall be named and designated as game fish in Alabama: rainbow trout, all members of the sunfish family to include: largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, shoal, and those species formerly known as “redeye” bass, which are now known separately as Coosa, Warrior, Cahaba, Tallapoosa, and Chattahoochee bass, based on their respective drainages and the Alabama bass which was formerly known as spotted bass in the Mobile drainage; those fish commonly referred to as bream which include rock bass, flier, shadow bass, warmouth, redbreast, bluegill, longear, and redear (shellcracker); black and white crappie; all members of the temperate bass family to include: saltwater striped, white, and yellow bass and any hybrids thereof; all members of the pike family to include chain, redfin, and grass pickerel; the following members of the perch family: sauger (jack), walleye, and yellow perch.

Sale of Game Fish

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale within this state, or ship or transport for sale within or without this state, or to ship into this state any game fish caught or taken in any of the fresh waters, whether public or private, of this state or any other state. Except (1) game fish raised in hatcheries and sold for stocking ponds and lakes; (2) non-native game fish (trout, salmon, etc.) raised for human consumption or (3) largemouth bass, shellcracker, yellow perch and bluegill (bream) raised in farm ponds, which may be sold under permit from the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division. For more information, contact your local District Office ().

Means of Catching Game Fish

It is illegal to take, catch or kill, or attempt to take, catch or kill any game fish by any means other than ordinary hook and line, artificial lure, live bait, troll or spinner in any of the public waters of this State. It is ­unlawful to use electrical devices, explosives, poisons or firearms to take fish of any species from these waters.

Rod Limitations

There is no restriction on the number of rods used by anglers in most Alabama public water bodies with the following exceptions. No more than three rods and reels, or poles, or any combination thereof may be used on Weiss or Neely Henry Reservoir at any time. No more than two rods and reels, or poles, or any combination thereof may be used in the Sipsey Fork River from Lewis Smith Dam to the confluence with the Mulberry Fork at any time.

Use of Bream for Bait

All species of bream may be used as bait as long as a person does not have in his ­possession total bream numbers in excess of the daily creel limit, regardless of size, and they are ­harvested legally by hook and line. Other game fish species may not be used for bait.

Spearfishing

The spearing of nongame or commercial fish solely for the purpose of sport in all waters of this state, both fresh and salt, is legal provided that the person engaged in the act of ­spearing is completely submerged and ­possesses the appropriate sport fishing and spearfishing licenses. This license is issued by the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, Marine Resources Division and online. For more information and application packet, call (334) 242-3465 or visit our website at www.outdooralabama.com.

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Snagging

It is unlawful to take fish by snagging on the Chattahoochee River or its impoundments, the Tennessee River or its impoundments, and State-owned public fishing lakes. Further, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take fish by snagging within 800 feet of any dam on the Coosa River or its impoundments.

Jug Fishing

Fishing with jugs is permissible in most Alabama public water bodies with a sport fishing license, if required. Jugs are not required to be labeled with angler identification and there is no limitation on the number of jugs used. All jugs must be removed from the water at the end of the fishing trip. Fishing with jugs is illegal in State-owned PFLs (see Public Fishing Lakes).

Trotlines

It is illegal to fish a trotline or snag line, set line, commercial fishing net, slat boxes or wire baskets within one-half mile below any lock, dam or powerhouse. All recreational licensed fisherman utilizing trotlines are limited to 100 hooks total. All trotlines must have a plastic or metal tag attached containing the owners name and either their address, fishing license number, conservation ID number, or phone number. Trotlines operated under commercial fishing licenses are not limited in number of hooks.

Wire Baskets

Wire baskets may be used only in certain counties to harvest nongame fish for personal ­consumption only. Persons holding a ­commercial fishing license may not fish with wire ­baskets. No fish taken in wire baskets may be sold or offered for sale. All game fish taken in the ­baskets must be immediately returned to the water. All baskets must be clearly marked with the valid wire basket license number and name of person using and owning the basket. Consult the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Regulation Book or local Conservation Enforcement Officer (see District Offices, ) to determine number of baskets and locations where wire baskets are legal.

Gigs or Grabbling/Noodling

Commercial or nongame fish may be ­legally taken by gigs or hand grabbling by persons possessing a valid sport fishing license. It shall be illegal to use any treble hook or any barbed hook for gigging or grabbling. Only a single barbless hook may be used.

Bowfishing Equipment

Bowfishing with any longbow, recurve bow, compound bow or crossbow using barbed arrows attached by line to the bow, float, vessel or shooter is legal for the taking of commercial or non-game fish. A sport fishing license is required.

Taking Minnows and Shad for Bait

It is legal for licensed anglers to take minnows, shad, and certain suckers from specific public waters by the use of a cast net, minnow jug, minnow basket, not to exceed 24 inches in length, 12 inches in ­diameter, with funnel entrance not more than one inch in diameter, dip net or minnow seine, the length of which shall not exceed 25 feet and the width or depth of which shall not exceed 4 feet for the purpose of taking the species listed above for the exclusive use as fish bait. No seines may be used in un-impounded tributary streams and creeks. All game fish and all other commercial or nongame fish taken by nets or seines must be immediately returned to the water from whence they came with the least possible harm. Dip nets may be used to land legally caught fish. Live baitfish can not be transported to other bodies of water.

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Mussel Harvest for Bait

Licensed anglers may use their hands, a rake or dip net not wider than 24 inches to collect the Asiatic Clam (Corbicula) for fish bait.

Zebra Mussel Alert

The zebra mussel is an exotic species of freshwater mussel that has colonized many southern bodies of water, including the Tennessee and Black Warrior Rivers. These mussels can disrupt freshwater food chains and may cause major changes in some fish populations. Boaters are one of the major contributors to the spread of zebra mussels from infested to uninfested waters. To report zebra mussel sightings or for more information, contact: the Fisheries Section at (334) 242-3471.

Public Water Stocking

It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos, including baitfish, into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which they came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing.

LEARN TO FISH

The Go Fish, Alabama! Program provides adults and families, with little-to-no fishing experience, an opportunity to fish under the guidance and instruction of a skilled fishing mentor. The program is for individuals interested in learning how to fish, socializing outdoors with friends and family, putting fish on the dinner table, or simply enjoying the thrill and challenge of the catch. Each event is conducted in a safe, welcoming, and constructive environment.

The Go Fish, Alabama! Program provides participants with all the necessary equipment and tackle needed for their learn to fish experience. This program operates state-wide and focuses on providing fishing opportunities within a short driving distance to metropolitan areas. Events are held at State Public Fishing Lakes, city lakes, State Park lakes, and other fishing destinations across Alabama. Each event typically lasts four hours and is offered in the morning or afternoon on weekends and weekdays. For more information about this program visit: www.outdooralabama.com/GoFishAlabama.

Angler Recognition Program

Alabama’s Angler Recognition Program is intended to recognize individuals who catch large sportfish from Alabama waters and to provide biologists with useful statistics on the number of large fish caught from our reservoirs. The program includes four categories: Master Angler, Trophy Angler, Lake Record and State Record. Anglers can submit applications for Master Angler and Trophy Angler status based upon their fish’s total length or total weight, but not both, and may submit an unlimited number of applications. Applications, specific requirements, and instructions can be obtained from any District Fisheries Office or from www.outdooralabama.com/freshwater-fishing/state-record-angler-recognition. Qualified anglers will receive a certificate commemorating their catch and a window decal.

The Bass Anglers Information Team (Bait) Program

BAIT is a voluntary partnership between bass clubs and the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). The program summarizes information on bass fishing and is used by WFF fisheries biologists, in combination with their reservoir surveys, as the basis for fisheries management decisions. BAIT data allows biologists to identify trends in bass populations and helps them better understand the mechanisms that influence them. These data may also be used by participating bass clubs to select tournament locations. All participating clubs receive a printed copy of the annual report.

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For more info, contact the Fisheries Section at (334) 242-3471, email Keith.Henderson@dcnr.alabama.gov or visit www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/tournaments.

Life Jacket Requirements Below Dams

It is unlawful for any person to operate any vessel on the waters of Alabama within 800 feet below a hydroelectric dam and/or navigation lock and dam unless each person aboard, including the operator, is wearing a securely fastened U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device Type I, II, III or V.

Public Boating Access Areas

Public access areas include state-owned and/or operated boat launching ramps, ­associated parking lots, piers and any real or personal property within the boundaries of such areas. Such public access areas are for the uses of pleasure boating, hunting and fishing. Picnicking is allowed only where tables are provided. The following is a synopsis of regulations for use of such areas, and is intended as a general guide for the boating public. Please refer to the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Regulation Book for specific interpretation.

At Public Boating Access Areas, It Is Illegal To:

  • Litter
  • Camp or build fires
  • Loiter
  • Discharge firearms, except as otherwise provided by law
  • Consume alcoholic ­beverages
  • Swim, dive, jump or sunbathe within 50 yards of any ramp or pier
  • Block ramp, pier or the approach with vehicles or trailers
  • Operate any unlicensed vehicle such as ATVs, except those driven by mobility impaired persons in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Solicit, sell, advertise or install signs
  • Destroy, damage, cut or remove any tree, bush, shrub, plant or flower
  • Operate commercial, industrial or construction equipment, such as barges, without written approval from the Fisheries Section, Suite 551, Montgomery, AL 36104.

All other state laws apply and are enforced on public access areas. Boating access information is available online at: www.outdooralabama.com.

Commercial Fishing

This pamphlet covers only freshwater sport fishing laws and regulations. For information on freshwater commercial fishing or musseling, visit our website at www.outdooralabama.com, call (334) 242-3465 or visit the nearest District Office ().

Boating Operator License Requirements

The Roberson-Archer Act and The Boating Safety Enhancement Act of 2001 mandates that no one under the age of 12 may operate a motorized vessel, and that every vessel operator be licensed and have the license in possession at the time of operation.

For information on obtaining a vessel operator’s license, contact the ALEA Marine Trooper Division at (334) 517-2930, or visit www.outdooralabama.com and click on Boating.

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Boating License Requirements for Alabama Residents

Must be 12 years old or older, but cannot operate alone until the age of 14. Operators 12 or 13 years old, after obtaining the vessel operator’s license, can only operate if an adult 21 years old or older with a vessel operator’s license in possession, is onboard and seated in a ­position to take immediate control of the vessel if necessary. A licensed operator, 14 years old or older, may legally operate without supervision. Possession of a certificate of completion for a boating course is not a vessel license.

Boating License Requirements for Nonresidents

Nonresidents 12 years old and older, may operate on Alabama waters up to 45 days per calendar year without obtaining a vessel operator’s license. However, operators 12 or 13 years old, can only operate if an adult 21 years old or older who either has a vessel operator’s license in possession or who falls under the 45 day exemption period, is onboard and seated in a ­position to take immediate control of the vessel if necessary. If operating a vessel for more than 45 days, the nonresident must get an Alabama Nonresident Vessel Operator’s License. ­Nonresidents who have obtained a vessel certification or license from their home state, may use that in lieu of the Alabama Nonresident Vessel Operator’s License.

Saltwater Fishing

For information on saltwater fishing license requirements, size and possession limits, ­contact the Marine Resources Division, PO Drawer 458, Gulf Shores, AL 36547, (251) 968-7576.

Pond Management

Ponds provide excellent fishing opportunities for anglers in Alabama. There are more than 275,000 fish ponds in Alabama. Fish ponds greatly alleviate the fishing pressure on our public streams and lakes. Therefore, the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division is vitally interested in this popular resource. Proper stocking with appropriate fish species and ongoing fish management will provide years of excellent fishing for bass, bluegill and shellcracker.

Technical assistance is provided to pond owners at no cost regarding proper ­management practices such as fertilization, liming, weed control and fish harvest. For additional information, contact a District Fisheries Office (see ).

Alabama & Georgia Reciprocal Agreement

Alabama and Georgia have a reciprocal agreement for fishing from the banks or on the waters of the Chattahoochee River between Alabama and Georgia and all impoundments thereon, South of the Georgia Highway 109 bridge. This agreement does not include any streams or tributaries. Contact a Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division Office for assistance ().

FAQs

How many fishing rods can you fish with in Alabama? ›

It shall be unlawful for any angler to fish with more than three rods and reels, or poles, or any combination thereof on Weiss Reservoir or Neely Henry lakes at any time.

Can you fish on private property without a license in Alabama? ›

No. Fishing licenses are only required to fish in public waters. Permission of the pond owner is required to fish a private lake or pond.

Do senior citizens need a fishing license in Alabama? ›

All Alabama residents age 65 or older are not required to purchase a hunting or fishing license as long as they have proper identification to prove their age. If born on or after August 1, 1977, you must have a Hunter Education Identification number.

Can you fish with live bait in Alabama? ›

Anglers are only allowed to transport and use live baitfish in Alabama purchased from commercial producers or bait shops (in-state or out-of-state) if the origin of these fish was not from a wild caught source.

Is there a rod limit in Alabama? ›

Rod Limitations

There is no restriction on the number of rods used by anglers in most Alabama public water bodies with the following exceptions. No more than three rods and reels, or poles, or any combination thereof may be used on Weiss or Neely Henry Reservoir at any time.

Is it legal to use goldfish as bait in Alabama? ›

In Alabama it's legal to use goldfish as bait.

How much is a ticket for fishing without a license in Alabama? ›

If you fish with no license in the state of Alabama, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and pay a fine of $10–$25 per offense.

Is it legal to use bluegill as bait in Alabama? ›

It shall be lawful to use the following species of the sunfish family for bait in the streams and waters of Alabama: bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish and/or any other species of bream; provided, that nothing in this section shall be so construed as to allow any person to have in his possession any sunfish or ...

Can you fish at night in Alabama? ›

Alabama doesn't have any specific timings related to fishing at night or even during the day. Thus it is entirely legal to fish whenever you want unless the particular water body has some restrictions. However, there is a water safety law in place if you are fishing on a boat.

Does a 70 year old need a fishing license in Alabama? ›

Residents age 65 and over are also exempt. Saltwater Angler Registration is required for all residents 16 and over who are not required to purchase an annual saltwater license such as those 65 or older, have a lifetime saltwater license, or fish exclusively on a pier that has purchased a pier fishing license.

Can you fish with a cane pole without a license in Alabama? ›

FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION

A valid fishing license is required for Alabama residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who fish with rod and reel or artificial bait. This license is also required to fish with hook and line (cane pole) outside your county of legal residence.

How much is a fishing license in Alabama at Walmart? ›

Regular license cost at Walmart for residents of age between 16 and 65 – $19. A flat license cost for single-day fishing irrespective of the resident or non-resident status of the applicant – $11. Discounted license cost for senior citizens above 66 years of age – $10. Walmart annual fishing license fee – $40.

Can I use goldfish as bait? ›

In most states it is illegal to use live goldfish as fishing bait in order to prevent the release of invasive species that can damage native ecosystems. However, there are some states that still allow the use of dead or living goldfish when fishing.

Can you use crappie as bait? ›

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Can I use bluegill as bait? ›

Most commonly, bluegills and perch are used as live bait in many waters.

How many hooks can you have on one line? ›

What this means is that a treble hook is still considered one hook because it has a single shank - or point of attachment. If you have a two pole stamp, you may fish 5 hooks on each line AND if you are ice fishing, you may have 5 hooks on up to 5 fishing lines.

How many lines can you fish with in Alabama? ›

It shall be unlawful for any fisherman other than a licensed commercial fisherman to fish one or more trotline, snag or snare line or combination thereof containing more than 100 hooks.

How many hooks can you have on an Alabama rig? ›

“Statewide the rule is you can use up to 50 hooks so the Alabama rig could be used in some Illinois waters but not those that have the two pole and line limit only because we only allow two hooks or lures per line there,” said Sgt.

Are treble hooks legal in Alabama? ›

In Alabama, it is only illegal to use treble hooks when used in the aid of grabbling, noodling, or hand fishing. It is completly legal to use treble hooks on artificial fishing lures.

How many largemouth bass can you keep in Alabama? ›

Anglers may use no more than two poles while fishing from any dock, pier, jetty, or man-made structure. For largemouth and smallmouth bass, minimum length limit = 14 inches. No minimum length limit for Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass. Daily bag limit for all black bass species is 5 in any combination.

Are worms considered live bait? ›

Living organisms, like worms, insects and minnows are live bait. However, some fish and wildlife agencies may group both living and non-living bait into a broad category of “bait” which includes anything used to attract fish by scent or taste.

What is the fine for killing an alligator in Alabama? ›

Agents seized the alligator and issued Spell the citations. Alligator hunting season in this area of the state doesn't open until Sept. 1, 2021. Taking an alligator during a closed season and without a tag brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Who needs a fishing license in Alabama? ›

A valid fishing license is required for Alabama residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who fish with rod and reel or artificial bait. This license is also required to fish with hook and line, live bait only, (cane pole) outside your county of legal residence.

Is Jugging legal in Alabama? ›

Alabama anglers can successfully jug fish all year long for a fish native to Alabama, the channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), except during spells of exceptionally cold weather.

Is there a limit on catfish in Alabama? ›

Furthermore, no live blue catfish or flathead catfish longer than 34 inches may be transported out of Alabama without approval in writing from the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources. Catfishing is popular, fun, traditional and there's no limit on keeping fish 34 inches or smaller.

Can you fish with corn? ›

Corn is an effective bait for many species of fish. However, some fish crave the sweet kernels more than others. The most popular fish to use corn for are trout or panfish like crappie, perch and bluegill.

What is the crappie limit in Alabama? ›

Waters exempt from the nine-inch crappie limit include impoundments less than 500 surface acres, and the reciprocal waters of the Chattahoochee River and Impoundments and their tributaries, Bear Creek Reservoir (Big Bear Lake of the B.C.D.A.

Is noodling legal in Alabama? ›

Currently, the states that have legalized noodling are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

How many pompano can you keep in Alabama? ›

Alabama's length limit on flounder is 12 inches with a daily bag limit of 10 fish per person. The pompano length limit is also 12 inches, but the daily bag limit is three fish per person. There is no limit on whiting.

Can I use my Florida fishing license in Alabama? ›

An Alabama Driver's License alone does not prove residency. An Alabama driver's license holder possessing a valid driver's license from another state will be considered non-residents: Special fishing license fees apply to residents of Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi due to reciprocal license costs.

Can I fish in Georgia with an Alabama fishing license? ›

Georgia DNR has Agreements with Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina allowing holders of Georgia fishing licenses to fish in the waters covered without obtaining a fishing license from the bordering state. See Agreements with Bordering States.

How much is a resident Alabama fishing license? ›

There are several freshwater licenses available to residents. The licenses and their costs for 2021 are: Annual License: This license is valid from September 1 – August 31. The current cost is $14.05.

Are fish baskets legal in Alabama? ›

Most Alabama counties permit the use of wire fish baskets after you purchase a tag for each basket. But state law requires you to have a commercial fishing license to use a slat basket in the public waters of the state.

Do you need a hunting license to hunt on your own property in Alabama? ›

A RESIDENT landowner who possesses an Alabama Driver's License or other proof of residency may hunt on their land without having to purchase a hunting license. A RESIDENT landowner's immediate family may hunt on the land without having to purchase a hunting license provided that they are RESIDENTS of Alabama.

Is snagging fish illegal in Alabama? ›

Fish snagging is not a fisherman's tale like the big one that got away. It is illegal on the Tennessee River in Alabama.

How much is a 3-day fishing license in Alabama? ›

3-Day Family License – $32.55

*allows a non-resident license holder to fish with 4 family members in public freshwaters for 3 consecutive days.

Do you need a fishing license in Gulf Shores Alabama? ›

A saltwater fishing license is required for all of the waters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. This includes the Intracoastal Waterway and the back bays. Residents and non-residents are exempt if they are under the age of 16 and residents are exempt at age 65 and older.

How much is a fishing license in Georgia? ›

Annual fishing or hunting licenses good for 365 days from its purchase date cost $15 each for state residents. Discounted short-term licenses from one to 10 days are also available for residents and non-residents. A basic one day fishing license for non-residents is only $10.

What is the best live bait for bass? ›

What is the Best Live Bait Fishing for Bass? The best live fishing bait for trophy largemouth bass is wild-caught live shiners or shad. The golden shiner is one of the most productive and popular methods to catch big bass.

Can feeder fish be used as bait? ›

Anchovies are common baitfish in the ocean. Feeder Goldfish are common baitfish.

Do catfish bite goldfish? ›

While goldfish can reach 10 to 18 inches long, some species of catfish can grow to several feet long, large enough to devour even a large goldfish.

How deep do you fish for crappie? ›

Crappie like to spawn in areas of shallow water, usually around 2-to-4 feet deep, with cover such as brush, flooded timber or weeds, and with easy access to deeper water. In areas with murky water and thick cover, I have sometimes found them nearly on the bank.

What is the best month to catch crappie? ›

The best time of year to catch crappie is during the spawning season which takes place from February-May. During the spawn, both male and female crappie move from deep locations into shallow and concentrated spawning areas. This makes them very easy to target, as they are actively feeding and defending their nests.

What color jig is best for crappie? ›

Chartreuse Is The Best All Around Crappie Jig Color

Chartreuse is an extremely popular fishing lure color for a reason. Not only does it look like a fish underwater, it also works in both clear and stained water. Chartreuse is a color you definitely need in your arsenal.

What is the best time to fish for bluegill? ›

But no matter where you are, the best bluegill fishing time is during the spring and summer spawn. At that time, the species will be in about two to six feet of water, usually under cover. During a spawn, there can be as many as 50 nests in a spawning bed. With the bluegill in a shallow bunch, striking is at its best!

Can you fish with multiple rods? ›

Fishing with multiple rods is a great way to quickly switch between lures without having to tie them on each time. You also can use multiple rods to have multiple baits in the water at a time which gives you more opportunities to catch fish faster.

How much is the fine for fishing without a license in Alabama? ›

What if I fish without a license? If you fish with no license in the state of Alabama, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and pay a fine of $10–$25 per offense.

Can you fish with a cane pole without a license in Alabama? ›

FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION

A valid fishing license is required for Alabama residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who fish with rod and reel or artificial bait. This license is also required to fish with hook and line (cane pole) outside your county of legal residence.

Can you fish at night in Alabama? ›

Alabama doesn't have any specific timings related to fishing at night or even during the day. Thus it is entirely legal to fish whenever you want unless the particular water body has some restrictions. However, there is a water safety law in place if you are fishing on a boat.

Does a treble hook count as one hook? ›

Further, while some states have laws regarding how many fishing hooks you can use at once, most states consider a treble hook to be a single “hook” in terms of hook regulations.

How many fishing poles is too many? ›

The freshwater rod & reel limit for every state in America:
StateLines AllowedSpecial Notes
Alaska12 while ice fishing
Arizona2
Arkansas2
California22 pole permits required
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How many fishing rods should you have? ›

You always want to bring at least two rod and reel setups when you go fishing. If you have just one, something could happen to your rod or reel, your line could get tangled, or you could get spooled by a big fish.

What is the fine for killing an alligator in Alabama? ›

Agents seized the alligator and issued Spell the citations. Alligator hunting season in this area of the state doesn't open until Sept. 1, 2021. Taking an alligator during a closed season and without a tag brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

How much is a one day Alabama fishing license? ›

Nonresident Fishing Licenses: Valid 9/1/2022 - 8/31/2023 (unless otherwise indicated)
CategoryLicense typeFee
Sport Fishing LicenseGulf Reef Fish Endorsement$10.00
Public Fishing Lakes Daily Fishing License (See Public Fishing Lakes)Daily$8.00
Annual$13.95
Freshwater Fishing Family Trip LicenseFreshwater Trip$32.55
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How much is a fishing license in Alabama at Walmart? ›

Regular license cost at Walmart for residents of age between 16 and 65 – $19. A flat license cost for single-day fishing irrespective of the resident or non-resident status of the applicant – $11. Discounted license cost for senior citizens above 66 years of age – $10. Walmart annual fishing license fee – $40.

Is it legal to use bluegill as bait in Alabama? ›

It shall be lawful to use the following species of the sunfish family for bait in the streams and waters of Alabama: bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish and/or any other species of bream; provided, that nothing in this section shall be so construed as to allow any person to have in his possession any sunfish or ...

Are treble hooks legal in Alabama? ›

In Alabama, it is only illegal to use treble hooks when used in the aid of grabbling, noodling, or hand fishing. It is completly legal to use treble hooks on artificial fishing lures.

How many largemouth bass can you keep in Alabama? ›

Anglers may use no more than two poles while fishing from any dock, pier, jetty, or man-made structure. For largemouth and smallmouth bass, minimum length limit = 14 inches. No minimum length limit for Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass. Daily bag limit for all black bass species is 5 in any combination.

What is the crappie limit in Alabama? ›

Waters exempt from the nine-inch crappie limit include impoundments less than 500 surface acres, and the reciprocal waters of the Chattahoochee River and Impoundments and their tributaries, Bear Creek Reservoir (Big Bear Lake of the B.C.D.A.

Is noodling legal in Alabama? ›

Currently, the states that have legalized noodling are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

How many pompano can you keep in Alabama? ›

Alabama's length limit on flounder is 12 inches with a daily bag limit of 10 fish per person. The pompano length limit is also 12 inches, but the daily bag limit is three fish per person. There is no limit on whiting.

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