Alabama Fishing License

Getting an Alabama Fishing License can be done on line or at authorized outlets. The process is managed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Read about camping, hunting, swimming, state parks, conservation, and so much more on the DCNR home web page: Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Home Page
Fishing Gulf Shores Alabama

Fishing Gulf Shores Alabama


Alabama Fishing License - Did You Know?

Welcome to Alabama

Welcome to Alabama

Alabama has coined the phrase "Welcome to Alabama the Beautiful" for a reason. Gulf Shores Alabama is world famous, but the rest of the state offers much beauty of its own. Looking for an Alabama Fishing License? Then read on... "Did You Know?

Alabama Contour Map

  • Alabama has 47 flood control/recreation reservoirs 500 acres and larger, 77,000 miles of rivers, streams including the Mobile Delta and 23 Alabama State Public Fishing Lakes
  • Alabama features 11 Premier Bass Fishing Lakes: Lakes Guntersville, Wheeler, Pickwick, Lewis Smith, Neely Henry, Logan Martin, Lay, Jordan, Alabama River, Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta
  • The Alabama License year runs from September first thru August 31st
  • An Alabama Fishing License is required if you are 12 years of age and older. Additional criteria are identified for a possible lifetime license.
  • Alabama has three state fish hatcheries - Click on this following link to read more about these hatcheries. Alabama Fish Hatcheries
Alabama Fishing License Dam

Alabama Reservoir Dam


Hatchery Name Location Description Production Focus
Estaboga Fish Hatchery Located in Calhoun County 32 Ponds measuring over 22.6 acres Marion Strain Largemouth, Bluegill, Redear, Wipers, Spotted Bass, Grass Carp, Channel Cats, Black Crappie, Redeye Bass
Marion Fish Hatchery Located in Perry County 100 Ponds for a total of 63.4 acres Florida Bass, Bluegill, Redears, Stripers, Wipers, Channel Cats, Grass Carp, Southern Walleye
Carbon Hill Hatchery Located in Walker County 16 ponds for a total of 17.4 acres Marion Strain Bass, Bluegill, Redears, Wipers, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie


Alabama Fishing License Fees

The fee structure below is now a couple years old, but will give you an overview of anticipated costs for an Alabama Fishing License. Click on the link below to see the current fees and also to order your current license online. These fees are subject to change annually so check this link to see the current fee structure:

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Online License Order

ALABAMA Fishing License Fees 2012
Resident Saltwater Pier $6.00
Resident Saltwater Annual $21.20
Resident Freshwater Annual $12.10
Resident Lifetime Fishing Ages 12-49 $252.45
Resident Lifetime Fishing Ages 50+ $151.45
Non Res Saltwater Pier $11.00
Non Res Saltwater Annual $45.40
Non Res Freshwater Annual $46.40
  • Must have adobe reader and printer ready and available to print your document during the order process.
  • US Residents must have a valid driver's license or valid state issued ID. Non Us Residents must have a valid driver's license, ID card or passport issued by their country of residence.


Alabama Trophy Fish Records

Alabama Species Alabama State Record World Record
Blue Catfish 120 lbs 4 oz (2012) Formerly 109 lbs
Blue Gill 4 lbs 12 oz (1950) 4 lbs 12 oz
Channel Catfish 40 lbs (1967) 59 lbs
Black Crappie 4 lbs 5 oz (1997 & 1984) 6 lbs
Flathead Catfish 80 lbs (1986) 123 lbs
Largemouth Bass 16 lbs 8 oz (1987) 22 lbs 4 oz
Sauger 5 lbs 2 oz (1972) 6 lbs
Striped Bass 55 lbs (1959) 67 lbs 1 oz
Walleye 10 lbs 14 oz (1980) 22 lbs 11 oz
White Bass 4 lbs 9 oz 6 lbs 7 oz
Wiper 25 lbs 15 oz 27 lbs 5 oz
All weights are subject to change and are accurate as reported on the website 8/14/2012. Explore these exciting facts and much more at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Fishing Home Page: ADCNR Fishing Home Page

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Alabama River, Contour, Elevation

One final resource for Alabama is this web link to show you an arial view of the contours, rivers and large lakes in Alabama. Alabama Maps and Contours.