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A Compact Guide to Getting an Alabama Fishing License

Alabama fishing license
Written by Simon Michel

Well, are you planning for Alabama fishing? Maybe, you already know what you need. A Fishing license Alabama is the first thing you should obtain. The people in Alabama aged between 16 and 64 require a valid Alabama fishing license to fish with a rod and a fishing reel or an artificial bait.

Likewise, you need this license to fish with hook and line also outside your county of legal residence. However, you will need no license if you fish with only hook and line and without the rod and fishing reel. For fishing with rod and fishing reel, you will need an Alabama fishing license. This article will guide you to know everything to get an Alabama fishing license.

How to Get an Alabama Fishing License

  • You can get an Alabama fishing license if are between the age of 16 and 64. If you are above 64 or under 16 years of age, you are not eligible to get an Alabama fishing license.
  • Alabama fishing licenses that are for one year only expire on August 31 each year, and you will have to renew it on September 1.
  • You can also apply for and buy an Alabama lifetime fishing license if you are a legal resident of Alabama. This lifetime license does not expire and require renewing.
  • All non-residents between the age of 16 and 64 must have a license to fish in the state of Alabama whether with a fishing reel or hook and line. Non-residents of Alabama can also get an Alabama freshwater fishing license or an Alabama saltwater fishing license for seven consecutive days.
  • You can get a non-resident license at the Courthouse of Alabama or any satellite office in Alabama. You can also apply for an Alabama fishing license online if you are a resident of Alabama. Apply here.

Fees

1. For Residents

Type of LicenseValidity and ConditionFee
FreshwaterOne Year (September 1 to August 31)
Privileges of Wildlife Heritage License.
$13.30
SaltwaterOne Year (September 1 to August 31)$23.35
Saltwater 7-day TripValid for 168 consecutive hours$9.80
Freshwater CommercialOne Year (September 1 to August 31)$100.00
Freshwater Fishing License (Lifetime)Lifetime (fees depends on your age)$168.05 to $279.55
Saltwater Fishing License (Lifetime)Lifetime (fees depends on your age)$279.55 to $390.95

2. For Non-Residents

Type of LicenseValidity and ConditionFee
FreshwaterOne Year (September 1 to August 31)$51.00
SaltwaterOne Year (September 1 to August 31)$49.95
Saltwater 7-day TripValid for 168 consecutive hours$27.70
Freshwater 7-day TripValid for 168 consecutive hours$28.75
State lakes Fishing LicenseOne day
(only in WFF Division owned State Lake)
$7.25
State lakes Fishing LicenseOne Year (September 1 to August 31)
(only in WFF Division owned State Lake)
$7.25

Proof You Need to Provide for Your Residency

To apply for the Alabama fishing license, you will have to show a valid Alabama driver’s license or an insurance license as a proof of your residency.

However, if you don’t have any of these two licenses with you, you may provide any 2 of the following papers as proofs of your residency:

  • Certificate of employment (if it contains a proof of permanent residence)
  • Copy of Home Property Tax
  • Copy of previous year’s tax return (mailing address only)
  • A utility bill of the last three months with a mailing address
  • Student ID with a copy of the residence agreement
  • Health insurance card with the address
  • Telephone calling cards with the address
  • Copy of school registration for non-driving students
  • Voter registration

Note : A non-driver identification card from the Department of Public Safety is not accepted as a proof of your residence. No non-resident will be issued an Alabama fishing license under the residence rules even if s/he produces 2 of the above items.

Fishing with baitcasting reel or any other advance accessory is prohibited in Alabama if you don’t have a valid Alabama fishing license whether you are a resident or not. So, you must get a license before you go fishing.

About the author

Simon Michel

The plight of life sometimes takes you to extremes of nature and guess what, you learn the best lessons in your most difficult times. As a keen sea explorer with several years spent in yachts business, I had damn busy schedules throughout 13 years of my career. I used to free my mind from my mundane days in the sea with extreme fishing expeditions when this became not just a fun activity, but a life saver. You could say, I employed most types of fishing techniques but nothing felt better than fly fishing. That drew my whole attention for a good number of reasons. I mean, it’s an amazing feeling when you are in a light mood with buddies munching snacks and casting the fishing road. I look forward to making the most of my leisure time with this fantastic sport.

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