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In accordance with established times, places, manners, and restrictions, the following seasons for taking fish are hereby specified. The creel and possession limits for fish in public waters of this state, with exceptions for certain State and Federally owned and/or managed fishing lakes and ponds, are as follows:

Black Bass

  • This category includes various bass species, such as largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, Alabama, shoal, and those formerly known as "redeye" bass, now individually recognized as Coosa, Warrior, Cahaba, Tallapoosa, and Chattahoochee bass based on their respective drainages.
  • Daily creel limit: 10
    • Note: Of the daily limit of 10, no more than five may be smallmouth bass. Specific exceptions apply to shoal bass in certain tributaries of the Chattahoochee River.

Walleye

  • It is prohibited to take or attempt to take walleye by any method from specific areas, including Sweetwater Lake, White Plains Lake (also known as Whitesides Mill Lake), and certain parts of the Coosa River and its tributary streams.
  • Daily creel limit: 2
    • Any walleye caught in these restricted areas must be immediately released with the least possible harm.

Sauger

  • It is illegal to possess any Sauger less than 15 inches in total length.
  • Daily creel limit: 5

White Bass

  • Daily creel limit: 15

Yellow Bass

  • Daily creel limit: 15

Saltwater Striped Bass and Hybrids or Combinations

  • No more than five of the 15 may exceed 22 inches in total length.
  • Specific exceptions apply to Lewis Smith, Inland, Yates, and Thurlow reservoirs and Lake Martin.

Crappie

  • It is unlawful to possess any crappie less than nine inches in total length from Alabama public waters, including Aliceville Reservoir and Pickwick Reservoir.
  • Exceptions include impoundments less than 500 surface acres, the reciprocal waters of the Chattahoochee River (including impoundments and tributaries), Bear Creek Reservoir (Big Bear Lake of the B.C.D.A. Lakes), Lake Jackson at Florala, and Weiss Reservoir.

Yellow Perch

  • No Limit

Catfish (under 34 inches)

  • No Limit
    • Note: Size limit exemptions apply to catfish harvested from specific river basins, including the Perdido, Conecuh, Blackwater, Yellow, Choctawhatchee, Chipola, and Chattahoochee.

Catfish (over 34 inches)

  • Size limit: This size limit does not apply to catfish harvested from the Perdido, Conecuh, Blackwater, Yellow, Choctawhatchee, Chipola, and Chattahoochee rivers basins.
  • It is unlawful to transport live catfish 34 inches in length or greater beyond the boundaries of this State.

Bream

  • Daily creel limit: 50

Rainbow Trout

  • It is unlawful to fish with more than two rods or to cull trout caught from the Sipsey Fork from Lewis Smith Dam downstream to the confluence with the Mulberry Fork.
  • Culling is defined as removing and releasing a trout from the creel (live well, stringer, basket, bucket, cooler, or other container), whether or not it is replaced with another trout.
  • Daily creel limit: 5

Alligator Gar

  • Alligator gar caught with commercial fishing gear must be immediately returned to the water.
  • Daily creel limit: 1

Sturgeon

  • All sturgeon must be immediately returned to the water with the least possible harm.
  • Closed Season

Paddlefish or Spoonbill

  • All paddlefish must be immediately returned to the water with the least possible harm.
  • Closed Season

Skipjack Herring

  • Daily creel limit: 100

Important Fishing Notes

Exemptions for Bona Fide Fishing Tournaments

  • The creel and possession limits mentioned earlier do not apply to fish held live for release by the sponsor or its designated agent after a legitimate fishing tournament.
  • These fish must be released unharmed into the public waters from which they were taken as soon as reasonably possible on the same day they were caught.
  • This exemption does not require the sponsor or its designated agent to release dead or dying fish.

Measurement of Total Length

  • The total length of fish is measured from the front of the mouth to the tip of the tail, with both mouth and tail closed.

Identification of Trotlines, Snag or Snare Lines

  • It is illegal to fish any trotline, snag, or snare line without a plastic or metal tag attached.
  • The tag must contain the owner's name and either their address, fishing license number, or phone number.

Limitation on Trotlines, Snag or Snare Lines

  • With the exception of licensed commercial fishermen, it is unlawful for any fisherman to fish one or more trotlines, snag lines, or snare lines or a combination thereof containing more than a total of 100 hooks.

Fish Size Limits

Chattahoochee River Tributaries

  • It is unlawful to possess shoal bass in Little Uchee, Uchee, Osanippa, Halawakee, and Wacoochee creeks.

Chattahoochee River and its Impoundments and Tributaries

  • Special creel limits apply in reciprocal waters as specified under regulation 220-2-.122.

Guntersville Reservoir and its Tributary of Town Creek

  • It is illegal to possess any largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length.

Harris Reservoir

  • It is illegal to possess any largemouth bass between 13 inches and 16 inches in total length.

Lake Jackson at Florala

  • Creel limit of five black bass greater than 12 inches in total length. Only one of the five can be over 22 inches in total length.

Inland Reservoir

  • It is unlawful to possess more than two saltwater striped bass that exceed 22 inches in total length in the daily creel limit, and only one of those may exceed 30 inches in total length.

Lewis Smith Reservoir

  • It is illegal to possess any black bass between 13 inches and 15 inches in total length.
  • It is unlawful to intentionally cull from the creel any saltwater striped bass from June 15th to October 15th. Culling is defined as removing and releasing a saltwater striped bass from the creel (live well, stringer, basket, bucket, cooler, or other container), whether or not it is replaced with another striped bass.

Little Bear Creek Reservoir of the B.C.D.A Lakes

  • It is illegal to possess largemouth bass between 13 inches and 16 inches in total length.

Lake Martin

  • It is illegal to possess more than two saltwater striped bass that exceed 22 inches in total length in the daily creel limit. It shall be unlawful to intentionally cull from the creel any saltwater striped bass from June 15th to October 15th. Culling is defined as removing and releasing a saltwater striped bass from the creel (live well, stringer, basket, bucket, cooler, or other container), whether or not it is replaced with another striped bass.

Pickwick Reservoir

  • It is illegal to possess any smallmouth bass or largemouth bass less than 15 inches in total length.

Thurlow Reservoir

  • It is illegal to possess more than two saltwater striped bass that exceed 22 inches in total length in the daily creel limit, and only one of those may exceed 30 inches in total length.

Walter F. George Reservoir (Lake Eufaula) and its Tributaries

  • It is illegal to possess any largemouth bass less than 14 inches in total length.

Weiss Reservoir

  • It is illegal to possess crappie less than 10 inches in total length.

West Point Reservoir and its Tributaries

  • It is illegal to possess any largemouth bass less than 14 inches in total length.

Wheeler Reservoir

  • It is illegal to possess any smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length.

Wilson Reservoir and its Tributaries of Big Nance and Town Creeks

  • It is illegal to possess any smallmouth bass less than 15 inches in total length.

Yates Reservoir

  • It is illegal to possess more than two saltwater striped bass that exceed 22 inches in total length in the daily creel limit, and only one of those may exceed 30 inches in total length.
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