Stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Mountains, Alabama offers anglers the chance to fish everything from inshore brackish waters and famous bass lakes, to mountain streams and tailwaters. As the birthplace of the modern bass tournament, Alabama waters are best known for healthy populations of largemouth and spotted bass residing in the many large lakes and reservoirs, but as you head north, crystal clear mountain streams give fly anglers plenty of options for wade fishing in beautiful natural areas.

Although only a small portion of the state makes contact with the Gulf of Mexico, the saltwater fishing in and around Mobile Bay is some of the finest you'll find in the South. Fly anglers float the inshore marshes and estuaries in skiffs casting to species like redfish and speckled trout, but a quick trip into nearshore waters can put you on bigger game like cobia, Spanish mackerel, jacks, and even migratory tarpon. Fishermen from all over the country flock to the "Alabama Bass Trail" which is made up of lakes and reservoirs all throughout the state that are loaded with healthy populations of largemouth bass, spotted bass, and striped bass. The streams, rivers, and tailwaters of North Alabama are where most of the state's fly fishermen call home. The Little River, accessible by either the Little River Canyon National Wildlife Preserve or DeSoto State Park, is where fly anglers go to catch redeye bass on lightweight rods in a beautiful mountain setting. Those seeking trout can head to Elk River or Sipsey River ? tailwaters stocked with rainbow trout on a regular basis.

Alabama has year-round fishing, and with the exception of red snapper in the Gulf, there is no closed season. During the hot, humid Alabama summers, many anglers head to the hills to fish shady mountain streams, but when fall rolls around saltwater action picks up bringing fly casters back down to the coast to hook into redfish and specks.

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Stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Mountains, Alabama offers anglers the chance to fish everything from inshore brackish waters and famous bass lakes, to mountain streams and tailwaters. As the birthplace of the modern bass tournament, Alabama waters are best known for healthy populations of largemouth and spotted bass residing in the many large lakes and reservoirs, but as you head north, crystal clear mountain streams give fly anglers plenty of options for wade fishing in beautiful natural areas.

Although only a small portion of the state makes contact with the Gulf of Mexico, the saltwater fishing in and around Mobile Bay is some of the finest you'll find in the South. Fly anglers float the inshore marshes and estuaries in skiffs casting to species like redfish and speckled trout, but a quick trip into nearshore waters can put you on bigger game like cobia, Spanish mackerel, jacks, and even migratory tarpon. Fishermen from all over the country flock to the "Alabama Bass Trail" which is made up of lakes and reservoirs all throughout the state that are loaded with healthy populations of largemouth bass, spotted bass, and striped bass. The streams, rivers, and tailwaters of North Alabama are where most of the state's fly fishermen call home. The Little River, accessible by either the Little River Canyon National Wildlife Preserve or DeSoto State Park, is where fly anglers go to catch redeye bass on lightweight rods in a beautiful mountain setting. Those seeking trout can head to Elk River or Sipsey River ? tailwaters stocked with rainbow trout on a regular basis.

Alabama has year-round fishing, and with the exception of red snapper in the Gulf, there is no closed season. During the hot, humid Alabama summers, many anglers head to the hills to fish shady mountain streams, but when fall rolls around saltwater action picks up bringing fly casters back down to the coast to hook into redfish and specks.


AL Department of Fish & Wildlife
64 N. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
P: (334) 242-3486

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