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Alabama Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Seasons and Limits 2001-2002

HUNTING

ALL PERSONS HUNTING ON PRIVATE LANDS OF ANOTHER MUST HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE LANDOWNER WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS. LANDOWNER OR AGENT MAY IMPOSE FURTHER RESTRICTIONS. HUNTING BY THE AID OF BAIT IS ILLEGAL IN ALABAMA. ALL REQUIRED HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES MUST BE IN POSSESSION WHEN HUNTING OR FISHING.

NOTICE: SEE HUNTER ORANGE REQUIREMENT AND DEFINITION OF OPEN PERMIT- PUBLIC LAND. CONSULT MANAGEMENT AREA LEAFLET FOR SPECIAL RULES, REGULATIONS AND SEASONS BEFORE HUNTING STATE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS.

Any party controlling hunting rights may, by choice, be more restrictive on seasons and bag limits than those stipulated below.

DEER: BUCKS ONLY with bare antlers visible above natural hairline – one a day. Guns or Bow and Arrow.

NO DEER HUNTING ALLOWED ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS IN BANKHEAD AND TALLADEGA (TALLADEGA DIVISION) NATIONAL FORESTS, EXCEPT DEER HUNTING SHALL BE ALLOWED ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – 21 AND DECEMBER 25 – 26.

Autauga; Baldwin, except south of Intracoastal Canal; Barbour; Blount; Bullock; Butler; Calhoun, except National Forest Lands; Choctaw; Clarke; Clay, except National Forest Lands; Coffee; Colbert; Conecuh; Covington; Crenshaw; Cullman; Dale; Dallas, except National Forest Lands; Escambia; Etowah; Fayette; Geneva; Greene; Hale, except National Forest Lands; Henry; Jefferson; Lee; Lowndes; Macon, except the Tuskegee National Forest which is open to stalk hunting only; Marengo; Marion; Mobile; Monroe; Montgomery; Pickens; Pike; Russell; St. Clair; Shelby; Sumter; Talladega, except National Forest Lands; Tallapoosa; Tuscaloosa, except National Forest Lands; Walker; Washington; Wilcox; Winston, except National Forest Lands..

By Dog or Stalk Hunting November 17 – January 15

By Stalk Hunting Only

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) January 16 – January 31

Bibb, Chilton and Perry, except National Forest Lands and that area east of Alabama Hwy. 219, south of U.S. Hwy. 82 and north of Alabama Hwy. 183. Elmore, except that area east of U.S. Hwy. 231, south of Alabama Hwy. 14, west of Tumkeehatchee Creek and north of the Tallapoosa River. Franklin, except National Forest Lands and that area south of Alabama Hwy. 24, east of County Road 81 and Alabama Hwy. 243.

By Dog or Stalk Hunting November 17 – January 15

By Stalk Hunting Only

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) January 16 – January 31

That area of Bibb, Chilton and Perry, east of Alabama Hwy. 219, south of U.S. Hwy. 82 and north of Alabama Hwy. 183. That area of Elmore, east of U.S. Hwy. 231, south of Alabama Hwy. 14, west of Tumkeehatchee Creek and north of the Tallapoosa River. That area of Franklin, south of Alabama Hwy. 24, east of County Road 81 and Alabama Hwy. 243, except National Forest Lands.

By Stalk Hunting Only

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) November 17 - January 31

Lamar.

By Dog or Stalk Hunting November 17 – December 27

By Stalk Hunting Only

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) December 28 – January 31

National Forest Lands in Calhoun, Clay, Talladega and Winston Counties.

By Dog or Stalk Hunting (except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) November 17 – January 15

By Stalk Hunting Only (except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) January 16 – January 31

All deer hunting is closed on Bankhead and Talladega (Talladega Division) National Forests on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each week during the season, except deer hunting shall be allowed on Tuesday, November 20, Wednesday, November 21, Tuesday, December 25 and Wednesday, December 26.

Conecuh National Forest in Covington and Escambia Counties.

By Dog or Stalk Hunting November 17 – January 15

By Stalk Hunting Only

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) January 16 – January 31

Cherokee; Cleburne, except National Forest Lands; DeKalb; Houston; Jackson; Lauderdale; Lawrence, except National Forest Lands; Limestone; the Tuskegee National Forest in Macon; Madison; Marshall; Morgan; Randolph; National Forest Lands in Bibb; Chilton; Dallas; Hale; Perry; and Tuscaloosa Counties.

By Stalk Hunting Only

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) November 17 – January 31

National Forest Lands in Cleburne, Franklin and Lawrence Counties.

By Stalk Hunting Only (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays)**

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) November 17 - January 31

**In addition to the above dates, deer hunting season is open on the National Forest Lands listed above on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20 – 21 and December 25 – 26.

Chambers; Coosa.

No Dogs** or Buckshot except by special permit from the Department.

November 17 – January 15

By Stalk Hunting Only

(NO DOGS OR BUCKSHOT) January 16 – January 31

**Dog Deer Hunting may be allowed in Chambers and Coosa Counties under special permit from the Department. Individual property owners in Chambers and Coosa Counties may hunt with dogs on their own property without special permit. No dog deer hunting allowed on Open Permit-Public Land (see definition)..

DEER: HUNTERS’ CHOICE (except spotted fawns) – During the Hunters’ Choice Gun Season. Two deer per day may be harvested only one of which may be an antlered buck. Legal hunting methods (Dog or Stalk Hunting) shall be the same as listed in the Deer: Bucks Only Season for each county or area during the dates of Hunters’ Choice Season.

76-Day Season -- (Entire Season)

Autauga; Baldwin, north of Intracoastal Canal; Barbour; Bibb, south of U. S. Hwy. 82 (except National Forest Lands); Bullock; Butler; Chambers; Chilton, south of U. S. Hwy. 82 (except National Forest Lands); Choctaw; Clarke; Coffee; Conecuh; Covington, except National Forest Lands; Crenshaw; Dale; Dallas, except National Forest Lands; Elmore, south of State Hwy. 14; Escambia, except National Forest Lands; Geneva; Greene; Hale, except National Forest Lands; Henry; Houston; Lee; Lowndes; Macon, except National Forest lands; Marengo; Mobile; Monroe; Montgomery; Perry, except National Forest Lands; Pickens, south of U. S. Hwy. 82; Pike; Russell; Sumter; Tuscaloosa, south of U. S. Hwy. 82 (except National Forest Lands); Washington; and Wilcox.

Private Owned and Leased Lands November 17 – January 31

Open Permit-Public Land (Except National Forest Lands) December 29 – January 1

46-Day Season

Chilton, north of U. S. Hwy. 82 (except National Forest Lands); Clay (except National Forest Lands); Cleburne (except National Forest Lands); Coosa, south of Hatchett Creek; Elmore, north of State Hwy 14; Fayette; Jackson; Lamar; Marion; Pickens, north of U. S. Hwy. 82; Randolph; Tallapoosa; Tuscaloosa, north of U. S. Hwy. 82 and west of Alabama Hwy. 69.

Private Owned and Leased Lands November 17 – January 1

Open Permit-Public Land (except National Forest Lands) December 29 – January 1

32-Day Season

Bibb, north of U. S. Hwy. 82 (except National Forest Lands); Coosa, north of Hatchett Creek; St. Clair; Shelby; Talladega, except National Forest Service Lands; Tuscaloosa, north of U. S. Hwy 82 and east of Al. Hwy. 69; and Walker, west of Al. Hwy. 69 from Tuscaloosa County line to Jasper and west of Al. Hwy. 195 from Jasper to be Winston County line.

Private Owned and Leased Lands November 17 – December 7

December 22 – January 1

Open Permit-Public Land (except National Forest Lands) December 29 – January 1.

15-Day Season

Calhoun, (except National Forest Lands); Cherokee; Colbert; Cullman, south of U. S. Hwy. 278; DeKalb; Franklin (except National Forest Lands); Jefferson; Lauderdale, west of Hwy. 43; and Walker, east of Alabama Hwy. 69 from Tuscaloosa County line to Jasper and east of Alabama Hwy. 195 from Jasper to the Winston County line.

Private Owned and Leased Lands November 17 – November 25

December 27 – January 1

Open Permit-Public Land (except National Forest Lands) December 29 – January 1

9-Day Season

Blount; Cullman, north of U. S. Hwy. 278; Lauderdale, east of Hwy. 43; Lawrence except National Forest Lands; Madison; Marshall; Morgan; and Winston, except National Forest Lands.

Private Owned and Leased Lands November 21 – November 25

December 29 – January 1

Open Permit-Public Lands Closed

4-Day Season

Etowah; Limestone.

Private Owned and Lease Lands December 29 – January 1

National Forest in Covington; Escambia; and Macon Counties December 29 – January 1

Open Permit-Public Lands Closed

Closed to Hunters’ Choice Hunting.

Baldwin, south of Intracoastal Canal..

 

DEER: BY BOW AND ARROW AND SPEAR — STALK HUNTING ONLY

(NO DOGS) Two deer per day only one of which may be an antlered buck (except Spotted Fawns)

STATEWIDE, except National Forest Lands October 15 – January 31

Tuskegee National Forest and the Oakmulgee Division of the Talladega National Forest. October 15 – January 31

Conecuh National Forest in Covington and Escambia Counties

October 15 – January 31

Bankhead and Talladega (Talladega Division) National Forest – No deer hunting allowed on Tuesday and Wednesday* each week. October 15 – January 31

*In addition to the above dates, deer hunting season is open on the National Forest Lands listed above on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20 – 21 and December 25 – 26.

DEER: BY MUZZLELOADER ONLY – STALK HUNTING ONLY (NO DOGS) –

Open Sights Only (no scopes). During the muzzleloader deer season, two deer per day only one of which may be an antlered buck, (except Spotted Fawns).

All counties and areas closed to gun deer hunter’s choice season after January 1, except Open Permit-Public Land and except Baldwin County south of intra-coastal canal.

Private Owned and Leased Lands January 2 – January 18

Corps of Engineer lands in Greene, Pickens and Sumter Counties

January 2 – January 18.

NOTICE: HUNTER ORANGE REQUIREMENT FOR HUNTING:

All persons hunting any wildlife species (except waterfowl, turkey, and mourning dove and while hunting legally designated species during legal nighttime hours) during dates and in areas open by regulation to gun deer season are required to wear an outer garment above the waist with a minimum of 144 square inches of hunter orange or either a full size hunter orange hat or cap. Hunters are not required to wear hunter orange when hunting from a stand elevated twelve (12) feet or more from the ground, when hunting in an enclosed box stand, when traveling in an enclosed vehicle, or when traveling on foot no more than twenty (20) feet directly between an operating enclosed vehicle and a stand where the hunter is exempt from the hunter orange requirement. The hunter orange must be worn when traveling on foot between an operating enclosed vehicle and exempt stand when the distance is more than a direct distance of twenty (20) feet. A small logo and/or printing is permitted on the front of hunter orange caps; otherwise, hunter orange must be of solid color and visible from any angle. Only hunter orange, commonly called blaze orange, ten-mile cloth, etc., is legal. The various shades of red as well as camo orange are not legal.

OPEN PERMIT-PUBLIC LAND – Open Permit-Public Land is defined as governmentally owned land open for public hunting and/or lands made available to the public on an individual basis whether for a fee or not. Examples of such lands would be National Forest Lands, lands owned by lumber companies and utility companies available for use by hunters either through free permits, fee permits or no permit requirement.

HUNTER SAFETY RECOMMENDATION

Many hunters travel to and from their hunting area, tree stand, or blind just before dawn and after dusk. It is recommended that hunters use a small pen light while traveling to and from their stands or hunting area. There is also a small red flashing light that can be purchased that pins to a hat or other visible area. Use of a small light will help with the problem of identification of hunters during low light condition. This recommendation does not legalize the use of lights to illegally hunt game animals..

TURKEY: GOBBLERS ONLY—One a Day, Five During Combined Fall and Spring Seasons.

Clarke; Clay; Coosa; Covington; Monroe; Randolph; Talladega.

November 17 - January 1

March 15 - April 25

Autauga; Baldwin, except south of U.S. Hwy. 98 from Florida line west to Alabama Hwy. 59 and that area west of Alabama Hwy. 59, south of Interstate 10, north of Alabama Hwy. 104 and east of Mobile Bay; Barbour; Bibb; Blount; Bullock; Butler; Calhoun; Chambers; Cherokee; Chilton; Choctaw; Cleburne; Coffee; Conecuh; Crenshaw; Cullman; Dale; Dallas; DeKalb; Elmore; Escambia; Etowah; Fayette; Greene; Hale; Henry, Houston; Jackson; Jefferson; Lamar; Lee; Lowndes; Macon; Marengo; Marion; Marshall; Mobile; except south of Interstate 10 from the Mississippi state line east to Alabama Hwy. 188 and south on Alabama Hwy. 188 to Coden, Alabama; Montgomery; Perry; Pickens; Pike; Russell; Shelby; St. Clair; Sumter; Tallapoosa; Tuscaloosa; Walker; Washington; Wilcox.

March 15 - April 30

Colbert; Franklin; Geneva; Lawrence, except north of Alabama Hwy. 24; Madison; Winston.

March 30 - April 30

Lauderdale, west of Natchez Trace and north of County Road 8 west of U.S. Hwy. 43; Limestone, north of U. S. Hwy. 72. April 10 - April 30

Morgan County is not open to Turkey Hunting. Restocking efforts are underway.

MOURNING DOVE:

SOUTH ZONE: Baldwin; Barbour; Coffee; Conecuh; Covington; Dale; Escambia; Geneva; Henry; Houston; Mobile.

12 a Day – 12 in Possession in South Zone (70 days)

Split Season October 6 – November 25

December 22 – January 9

Shooting Hours: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only).

 

NORTH ZONE: All counties except those listed above.

15 a Day – 15 in Possession in North Zone (60 Days)

Split Season September 15 – October 28

December 22 – January 6

Shooting Hours:

12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only) September 15

One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day) September 16 – October 28

One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day) December 22 – January 6

BOBWHITE QUAIL: 12 a Day 12 in Possession November 17 February 28

RABBIT: 8 a Day 8 in Possession October 1 February 28

No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

SQUIRREL: 8 a Day--8 in Possession October 1 – February 28

RACCOON: 5 Per Person--Private Owned and Leased Lands October 1 - February 28

5 Per Party--Open Permit-Public Land October 1 - February 28

No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

OPOSSUM: No Bag Limit October 1 - February 28

No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

FOX: 1 a Day--1 in Possession--Daylight Hours Only--Guns only in areas of and during dates of turkey and/or gun deer season. Bow and Arrow--in areas of and during dates of open bow and arrow seasons for deer and turkey..10

DOGS ONLY--NO GUNS OR BOW AND ARROW--No Closed Season except no running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

BOBCAT: No Bag Limit--Daylight Hours Only--Guns only in areas of and during dates of turkey and/or gun deer season. Bow and Arrow--in areas of and during dates of open bow and arrow seasons for deer and turkey.

DOGS ONLY--NO GUNS OR BOW AND ARROW--No Closed Season except no running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

NOTE: See "Tagging Requirements" under trapping seasons.

COYOTE: GUNS AND BOW AND ARROW ONLY (NO DOGS)

No Bag Limit--No Closed Season. Daylight Hours Only.

GUNS AND BOW AND ARROW WITH DOGS--Only during daylight hours in areas of and during dog deer season.

DOGS ONLY--NO GUNS OR BOW AND ARROW--No Closed Season except no running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

BEAVER, NUTRIA, AND GROUNDHOG:

No Bag Limit--Daylight Hours Only No Closed Season

STARLINGS, CROWS, AND BLACKBIRDS:

No Bag Limit--Daylight Hours Only No Closed Season

FERAL SWINE (WILD HOGS):

Dogs, Guns, or Bow and Arrow, or Spear*

NO BAG LIMIT--DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY No Closed Season

Dogs Only*

NO BAG LIMIT--NIGHTTIME--NO WEAPONS--No Closed Season except no running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 A.M. during and in areas of spring turkey season.

Trapping by Landowner or his Agent

NO BAG LIMIT No Closed Season

*No hunting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the Bankhead National Forest during the dates of the deer season except hunting shall be allowed on November 20 – 21 and December 25 – 26..

Once reduced to personal possession of the landowner or agent, feral swine will no longer be considered a game animal. However, feral swine will be treated as a game animal at any time they are hunted.

BEAR, MOUNTAIN LION, ALLIGATOR AND RUFFED GROUSE

No Open Season

WOODCOCK: 3 a Day--6 in Possession December 18 - January 31

Shooting Hours--One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SNIPE: 8 a Day--16 in Possession November 14 - February 28

Shooting Hours--One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

RAIL, PURPLE GALLINULE AND COMMON MOORHENS:

15 a Day--15 in Possession September 8 - September 23

November 28 – January 20

Shooting Hours--One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL TEAL SEASON:

4 a Day--8 in possession September 8 - September 23

Shooting Hours -- One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

SPECIAL EARLY CANADA GOOSE SEASON:

5 a Day--10 in possession September 1 - September 15

Shooting Hours -- One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset..12

*DUCK, COOT, MERGANSER:

November 23 – November 25

December 15 – January 31

6 ducks a day and may include no more than 4 mallard (no more than 2 of which may be female), 2 wood ducks, 3 mottled ducks, 1 black duck, 2 redhead, 1 pintail, 1 canvasback, and 3 scaup. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

15 coot a day – possession limit is twice the daily bag.

5 mergansers (only one may be a hooded merganser) – possession limit is twice the daily bag.

Shooting Hours -- One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

*GEESE:

Southern James Bay Population (SJBP) Zone – that portion of Limestone County south of U. S. Hwy 72; that portion of Morgan County east of U.S. Hwy 31, north of State Hwy. 36, and west of U. S. Hwy 231; and that portion of Madison County south of Swancott Road and west of Triana Road:

Canada Geese: December 28 – January 31

Other Geese: September 29 – October 20

December 15 – January 31

Remainder of State:

All Geese: September 29 – October 20

December 15 – January 31

The daily bag limit of 5 shall not include more than 2 Canada geese or 2 white-fronted geese. The possession limit of 5 shall include no more than 4 Canada geese and white-fronted geese in aggregate.

Shooting Hours -- One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.

*SPECIAL YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS:

February 9 – February 10

Same shooting hours, bag limits, and legal arms and ammunitions apply as did in regular waterfowl season.

* CONTINGENT UPON FINAL FEDERAL REGULATIONS..

TRAPPING

BOBCAT, SPOTTED SKUNK (CIVET CAT), COYOTE, FOX, MINK, MUSKRAT, NUTRIA, OPOSSUM, OTTER, RACCOON AND SKUNK:

November 17 - February 20

BEAVER:

No Closed Season

COYOTE: No Closed Trapping Season on Private Lands with Landowner permission

NOTE: All bobcat and otter, regardless of method of harvest, are required to be tagged by a representative of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division within 14 days of harvest or may be left with a taxidermist with a completed tagging form, and the taxidermist is required to have the bobcat or otter tagged within 14 days of receipt..

LEGAL ARMS AND AMMUNITION FOR HUNTING

FULLY AUTOMATIC FIREARMS AND/OR SILENCED FIREARMS PROHIBITED. GENERAL PROHIBITIONS: It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt with a bow or gun that has a light source attached that is capable of casting a beam of light (including a laser sight) forward of said bow or gun or to possess such a light source adapted for attachment to said bow or gun while hunting. It shall be unlawful to use any equipment that uses electronics to increase the ability to see in the dark (night vision equipment) to hunt any species of wildlife, both protected or unprotected species.

DEER: WHEN AND WHERE DOG OR STALK HUNTING IS ALLOWED - Rifles using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition; shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller using buckshot, slugs, or single round ball. Muzzleloaders and Black Powder Handguns--.40 caliber or larger, provided however, that during special muzzleloader deer season, muzzleloaders shall be limited to those with open sights only (no scopes) and persons while hunting with a muzzleloader during special muzzleloader deer season shall not possess any type of firearm other than a legal muzzleloader; long bows or compound bows; handguns or pistols using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition.

WHEN AND WHERE STALK HUNTING ONLY IS ALLOWED--Same as above, except slugs or single round ball only may be used in shotguns.

TURKEY: Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller using standard No. 2 shot or smaller, and long bows or compound bows. Handguns or pistols using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition, black powder handguns or pistols .40 caliber or larger. Handguns or pistols can only have open metallic sights (no scopes). Use of decoys prohibited.

MIGRATORY BIRDS: Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller, plugged or otherwise incapable of holding more than 3 shells using standard No. 2 shot or smaller, except waterfowl must be hunted with steel shot only, T-size or smaller and waterfowl hunters shall not possess any other size steel shot or any size lead shot, or long bows or compound bows. Waterfowl may also be hunted with other shot compositions and shot sizes that are approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

BOBCAT AND GROUNDHOG: Rifles of any caliber; handguns or pistols; shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller using standard No. 2 shot or smaller; long bows or compound bows.

RACCOON AND OPOSSUM: Nighttime hunting -- Shotguns using No. 6 shot or smaller; .22 caliber rimfire firearms. (See "Other Game Birds or Animals" for daytime hunting.)

FOX, COYOTE AND FERAL SWINE: Rifles of any caliber; handguns or pistols; shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller (with slugs or single round ball only during stalk gun deer season); long bows or compound bows.

OTHER GAME BIRDS OR ANIMALS: Rifles using rimfire ammunition or those operated by air; muzzleloaders; long bows or compound bows (except as otherwise provided by law or regulation, no crossbows or other devices propelling arrows or bolts); shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller using standard No. 4 shot or smaller; handguns or pistols; or blow guns using darts propelled by the hunters breath.

SPEAR: DEER and FERAL SWINE may be taken by hand thrown spear during the open Bow and Arrow season on these species. The hand thrown spear shall have a sharpened blade a minimum of two inches in width. The spear shall only be hand thrown..

CROSSBOW: NOTE: Properly permitted and licensed disabled resident hunters may use a crossbow to take any of the above game birds or animals during open season.

FISHING

DAILY CREEL LIMITS, POSSESSION LIMITS AND SIZE LIMITS

The creel and possession limits for game fish in all public waters of this state, except as otherwise provided for certain State and Federally owned and/or managed fishing lakes and ponds, shall be as follows:

Black Bass, All Species or Combination s.............. 10

Walleye.............................................................................. 5

Sauger.............................................................................. 10

(There is a 14 inch minimum length limit on Sauger with an exception of allowing three fish less than 14 inches in total length.)

White Bass, Yellow Bass, Saltwater Striped Bass, and Hybrids or Combinations................................................................. 30

(No more than six of the 30 can exceed 16 inches in total length and no more than two of the six may be Saltwater Striped Bass. See exceptions for Neely Henry Lake, Weiss Reservoir, and Lake Martin.)

Crappie...................................................................... ...... 30

(It is illegal to possess any Crappie less than nine inches in total length taken from Alabama public waters, including Aliceville Reservoir and on the Pickwick Reservoir. Waters exempt from the nine-inch Crappie limit include state owned public fishing lakes and the reciprocal waters of the Chattahoochee River and Impoundments and their tributaries, Bear Creek Reservoir (Big Bear Lake of the B.C.D.A. Lakes), Lake Jackson at Florala and Weiss Reservoir.)

Bream................................................................................ 50

Rainbow Trou t..................................................................... 5

Alligator Ga r.......................................................................... 2

The creel and possession limits provided for above shall not apply to fish held live for release by the sponsor or its designated agent after a bona fide fishing tournament provided they are released unharmed to the public waters from which they were taken as soon as reasonably possible on the same day they were taken.

NOTE: Total length of fish measured from the front of the mouth to the tip of the tail with both mouth and tail closed.

NOTE: It is a violation of Alabama law for any person to transport more than one day's creel limit of any species of game fish beyond the boundaries of this state. It is a violation of Alabama law for any person to fillet freshwater fish while on public waters except when fish are being prepared for immediate cooking and consumption, provided however, that fish may be drawn or gutted with heads left attached.

NOTE: IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY ANGLER TO FISH WITH MORE THAN THREE RODS AND REELS, OR POLES, OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF ON WEISS RESERVOIR OR NEELY HENRY LAKE AT ANY TIME.

THERE IS NO CLOSED SEASON ON ANY FRESHWATER GAME FISH..

SIZE LIMITS - As provided for above, as posted in state and federally owned and/or managed public fishing lakes and ponds, and as follows:

1. Demopolis Reservoir - It is illegal to possess any Black Bass less than 14 inches in total length.

2. Guntersville Reservoir - It is illegal to possess any Black Bass less than 15 inches in total length.

3. Harris Reservoir - It is illegal to possess any Black Bass between 13 inches and 16 inches in total length.

4. 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.

5. Lake Martin - It is illegal to possess more than two White Bass, Yellow Bass, Saltwater Striped Bass and hybrids or combinations over 16 inches in total length in the daily creel limit.

6. Lewis Smith Reservoir - It is illegal to possess any Black Bass between 13 inches and 16 inches in total length.

7. Logan Martin and Neely Henry Lake - It is legal to possess a maximum of six White Bass, Yellow Bass, Saltwater Striped Bass and hybrids or combinations over 16 inches in total length in the daily creel limit.

8. Pickwick Reservoir - It is illegal to possess any Smallmouth Bass less than 14 inches in total length or any Crappie less than 9 inches in total length.

9. Walter F. George Reservoir (Lake Eufaula) and its Tributaries - It is illegal to possess any Largemouth Bass less than 14 inches in total length.

10. Weiss Reservoir - It is illegal to possess Crappie less than 10 inches in total length. It is legal to possess 30 White Bass, Yellow Bass, Saltwater Striped Bass and hybrids or combinations of any size.

11. West Point Reservoir and its Tributaries - It is illegal to possess any Largemouth Bass less than 16 inches in total length.

12. Wilson Reservoir - It is illegal to possess any Black Bass less than 15 inches in total length.

13. 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. EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2001.

SPECIAL CREEL LIMITS APPLY ON THE RECIPROCAL WATERS OF THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER AND IMPOUNDMENTS AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES—CHECK LOCALLY.

Source:  Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries of the Alabama Department of Conservation

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