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Fishing in Alabama: 8 Things to Know Before Applying for a Freshwater Fishing Permit for Adults

By    |   Saturday, 07 Nov 2015 10:00 PM

Fishing is one of the many outdoor activities that both residents and visitors to the state of Alabama enjoy. However, all anglers should make sure they are fishing within the guidelines of the law prior to taking to the state's freshwater areas.

Here's what you should know before applying for a freshwater fishing permit, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Nonresident Freshwater Permits for Adults
Anyone age 16 or older who is not a resident of Alabama is required to obtain a state fishing license. The cost varies, as some of Alabama's neighboring states have reciprocity agreements regarding licenses. Anglers should check with their state Department of Natural Resources to see if their state has such an agreement with Alabama. Doing so can save time and money.

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Permits are available for a year, three-day trip, or seven-day trip. All annual fishing licenses expire on Aug. 31 of each year.

Resident Freshwater Permits for Adults
Alabama residents who are age 65 or older are not required to obtain a state fishing license as long as they carry proof of age while fishing.

People ages 16 to 64 are required to obtain a fishing license prior to fishing in freshwater.

Lifetime licenses are available to state residents and can save a substantial amount of money to an angler over time.

Disabled veterans who are residents also qualify for lower-priced licenses. The veteran must be 20 percent or more disabled and present a Department of Veterans Administration certification letter at the time of license application.

If you intend to fish only hook and line from a bank, using live bait, you can fish within your county of residence without a license.

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Wire Basket Rules for Both Residents and Nonresidents
Nonresidents and residents, age 16 and older who are fishing solely for personal consumption, can apply for a wire basket permit. Wire basket holders cannot fish commercially under the license and are not permitted to sell the fish. Only nongame fish can be taken with this license and only four baskets are permitted per person in the state at any time. Baskets must also be clearly marked with the name and permit number of the fisherman.

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