The normally short red snapper and triggerfish season in Alabama has been extended through July this year.
Alabama’s normally federally regulated red snapper and triggerfish season has usually been only open for 9 to 10 days in June. After testing the waters with a weekend-only recreational season in July of last year, they have finally gotten the all clear to extend the season this year from June 1 to July 14, 2015.
Captains holding federal reef-fish permits must fish to the strictest regulations in effect at that time. This means charter boats will not be allowed to fish past the federal season of June 10, 2015.
They must also remain within three miles of the Alabama coastline or risk steep federal fines since the government does not recognize Alabama’s shores beyond that point.
As for recreational fisherman, the Alabama Department of Natural Resources is allowing them to fish between three and nine miles off the coastline. This is the maximum range allowed after a bill passed in 2014 extended Alabama’s Gulf waters from the federally recognized three miles outside the coastline to the nine miles for fisheries management purposes.
Anyone caught fishing for red snapper or triggerfish within the three miles to shore will face federal fines if fishing there after July 10.
Bag limits for red snapper and triggerfish are two per person per day. Minimum size for red snapper will be 16 inches, and the minimum for triggerfish will be 14 inches.
All fisherman must report their red snapper through Snapper Check at Marine Resources Division during the entire season. This can be done through the Outdoor Alabama app, online at OutdoorAlabama.com, calling them in at 1-844-REDSNAP (1-844-733-7627), or by paper forms at select boat launches.