Reminder that Alabama red snapper season opens May 27 – Elmore-Autauga News



The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division (MRD) reminds anglers that Alabama state waters and federal waters will be open to private and licensed anglers. state for the red snapper harvest on Friday, May 27, 2022. The season will consist of four-day weekends, Friday through Monday, beginning Friday, May 27 and will continue until the quota of anglers private is achieved.

The season dates listed above apply only to anglers fishing from shore, private pleasure boats, and state-licensed Alabama commercial party boats that do not hold fishing licenses. federal for-hire fishing. The season for anglers from federally licensed charter vessels will run seven days a week from June 1, 2022 until 12:01 a.m. on August 19, 2022.

Anglers are reminded of the following:

The seasons for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will end at 12:01 a.m. on June 1, 2022.

Weekends open for red snapper harvest are defined as 12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.

The daily bag limit will be two red snappers per person per day with a minimum size limit of 16 inches in total length.

Anglers 16 and older must have an Alabama saltwater fishing license (resident or nonresident, annual or trip), and any Alabama resident 65 or older or licensed lifetime saltwater angler must have a current saltwater angler registration. Saltwater angler registration is free and available at

All anglers 16 and older who own Gulf Reef Fish, including Red Snapper, must have an Alabama Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement which is available at -endorsement.

Anglers under the age of 16 are not required to be licensed, have an Alabama Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement, or have a saltwater angler registration, but their catch must be included in a fishing report. landing.

The owner or operator of every vessel that lands red snapper in Alabama is required by law to complete a per-vessel trip landing report of their harvested snapper via Snapper Check prior to removing the fish from the vessel or vessel with the fish removed from the water. All red snappers landed must be declared prior to landing, regardless of the jurisdiction in which the fish were caught.

Red snappers captured from non-motorized vessels, docks and shore must be reported via Snapper Check and require a Conservation ID number,

A landing report can be submitted via Snapper Check in the Outdoor AL app, which is available at Apple and Android stores or online at

Participation in an MRD field investigation or being inspected by law enforcement officers is not considered a report. Anglers should still report via Snapper Check even if they are met by MRD staff.

Vessel operators with an Alabama Commercial Party Boat License without a Federal Charter License must meet the state season, possess an Alabama Gulf Reef Fish Approval for Charter Vessels, and may only fish within the 9 mile state waters line. An Alabama Snapper Check Landing Report must be completed when landing red snapper in Alabama.

Possession of red snapper in state waters while Alabama’s season is closed is prohibited. Anglers fishing during another state’s red snapper season must follow that state’s rules and land fish in that state. Persons on vessels transporting recreationally caught red snappers may not transit through Alabama state waters during Alabama’s closed season.

Federally licensed rental boat operators must possess an Alabama Gulf Reef Fish Approval, but are not required to report through Snapper Check; however, they must use NOAA Fisheries’ Integrated Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program.

Anglers on federally licensed charter vessels may fish in state waters only on days when the state season is open. They may transit with red snapper during days when state waters are closed. Once the federal season closes, they cannot fish in state or federal waters. Owners/operators of federally licensed charter vessels are required to possess an Alabama Gulf Reef Fish Approval.

New for 2022: All vessels fishing for reef fish in federal waters must have a vent tool or descent device rigged and ready to use. The Return ‘Em Right program provides free training to reef fish anglers in the Gulf of Mexico who are committed to using the best catch-and-release practices and contributing to the future of fishing. Anglers may also be eligible for free release gear, but supplies are limited. Learn more at

The ADCNR promotes the wise stewardship, management, and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, National Parks, and Freshwater Wildlife and Fisheries. Learn more at

(Photo by David Rainer, ADCNR)


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