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Alabama Fishing Licenses

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Fishing licenses in Alabama are required for all fishermen who regularly enjoy their favorite hobby in this state. Whether traversing the inland waters for freshwater fish or  heading off the coast for saltwater species,, anglers must get a fishing license in Alabama to fish legally. Fishing licenses are issued by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. There are two types of Alabama licenses to fish: saltwater and freshwater fishing licenses. Additionally, beginner anglers can take fishing classes in order to get acquainted with the challenges and tricks of the hobby, gaining a better understanding of the fish species available in Alabama. Passionate anglers can join some of the many fishing clubs and organizations throughout the state and meet fellow sportsmen, discuss the newest fishing trends and learn tips on becoming better fishermen.

Read below to find out about the following:

  • Types of fishing licenses in AL
  • Fishing education in AL
  • Fishing organizations in AL

Types of Fishing Licenses in Alabama

To fish in Alabama, you must get the proper fishing license. Once obtained, Alabama residents and visitors can plan fishing vacations in one of the many exciting saltwater and freshwater fishing locations across the state. There are two main kinds of fishing licenses in Alabama:

  • Saltwater Fishing Licenses
  • Freshwater Fishing Licenses

Saltwater Fishing Licenses

AL saltwater fishing licenses are issued to individuals who plan to fish in Alabama's coastal areas. Before applying for a license to fish, anglers must meet certain requirements and pay the appropriate fees. Thus, applicants must comply with the following:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Show proof of residency:
    • Resident drivers must present an AL driver's license
    • Resident non-drivers must present a state ID card and two of the following documents:
      • A health insurance form
      • A copy of home property tax
      • A copy of year tax return
      • A certificate of employment
      • A voter registration card
    • Nonresident drivers must present a valid driver's license.
    • Members of the military must present a copy of their order for duty, a military ID card and a valid U.S. drivers license.
  • Alabama residents and visitors younger than 16 and residents older than 65 years of age are not required to obtain a fishing license.

Depending on the type of saltwater fishing license, the following fishing licenses are available:

  • An annual fishing license ($23).
  • A pier fishing license ($6.15)
  • A fishing license for the disabled ($3)
  • A spear fishing license ($6)
  • A lifetime saltwater fishing license (for applicants 12-49 years of age, $384.70)

Note: License fees are subject to change without notice.

Saltwater fishing licenses in Alabama can be purchased in one of the following ways:

  • Online
  • In person

To buy saltwater fishing licenses in AL online, you must register with the license purchasing system on the official Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website. There, you will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Country of residency
  • State of residency
  • Date of birth
  • The type of license you are purchasing
  • Driver's license number

Licenses can also be purchased in person from a license agent.

Freshwater Fishing Licenses

Freshwater fishing licenses in Alabama are used for fishing in lakes, rivers, ponds and other inland waters in the state. These licenses are issued to residents 16-63 years of age and are divided into the following types:

  • Resident recreational fishing licenses:
    • Freshwater fishing (for individuals 16-64 years of age, $13.10)
    • Freshwater state lake daily license (valid at WFF Division-owned state lakes, $6.15)
    • Resident 64 lifetime fishing ($13.10)
    • Lifetime fishing (various prices)
    • Senior lifetime ($25, $50, $100)
    • Spearfishing ($6)
    • Disabled freshwater fishing (three-day license, $100)
  • Nonresident recreational fishing licenses:
    • Annual freshwater fishing ($50.25)
    • Freshwater fishing (three-day license, $28.35)
    • Freshwater fishing (seven-day license, $28.35)
    • Spearfishing ($8.50)
    • Freshwater fishing state lakes (valid at WFF Division-owned state lakes, daily, $7.20)
    • Freshwater fishing state lakes (valid at WFF Division-owned state lakes, annual license, $12.30)
  • Resident commercial fishing licenses:
    • Commercial freshwater fishing ($100)
    • Freshwater non-game fish dealer license (retail, $11; wholesale, $26)
  • Nonresident commercial fishing licenses:
    • Freshwater non-game fish dealer license (retail, $11; wholesale, $26)
    • Commercial freshwater fishing (prices vary)
    • Minnow or live fish dealer (retail, $201; wholesale, $251)
  • Resident lifetime fishing licenses (prices vary depending on age)
  • Wildlife heritage fishing license
  • Saltwater/freshwater boundary fishing license

Note that prices are subject to change without notice.

To buy freshwater fishing licenses in AL, visit the AL online license purchasing system and enter the following information:

  • Country and state of residency
  • Date of birth
  • The license type
  • Your drivers license or ID card number
  • Credit or debit card information to pay the license fees

You can also purchase your fishing license in one of the following ways:

  • Over the phone, by calling 1-888-848-6887
  • Over the Outdoor Alabama App
  • In person, in any Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries office, license commissioner, county probate office or from a license agent.

Fishing Education in Alabama

Prior to getting a fishing license, new anglers who would like to learn more about this widespread hobby can participate in the many fishing education programs or take fishing classes. Some of the most popular programs for fishermen education are:

  • The AL Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop, that includes the following classes:
    • Introduction to fishing
    • Beginning fly-tying
    • The bass class
    • Angler adventures
    • Bowfishing
  • The Bass University offers online, in-class and on-water training for all anglers, regardless of experience and age.

Fishing Organizations in Alabama

Anglers who would like to expand their knowledge, learn valuable tips and tricks from more experienced fishermen or simply make new friends with shared interests can join an Alabama fishing organization. The following are some of the state's fishing organizations and clubs:

  • The Alabama Coastal Fishermans' Association
  • Alabama Youth Fishing

The Alabama Coastal Fishermans' Association is a local saltwater fishing club with the main goal of promoting sportsmanship, angler friendship and fish species conservation along the coasts of Alabama. Some of the activities include:

  • Sharing useful tips on fishing
  • Holding meetings the first Thursday of every month, from February to November
  • Fishing tournaments on a monthly basis, from March through November
  • Year-long fishing tournaments

The Alabama Youth Fishing is a community program for young anglers who would like to learn how to fish from an early age, but may not have had such possibilities. The program organizes many community fishing events where families are involved in teaching the children about fishing, equipment and general fishing tips, all the while enjoying the fun of fishing together.