Red snapper weekend fishing to open for private anglers

Red snapper weekend fishing to open for private anglers
Red snapper weekend fishing (Source: Al. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Red snapper fishing is back on the weekends for private recreational anglers starting October 17, 2020.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division (MRD) said the weekends will consist of Saturdays beginning at 12:01 a.m. and run until midnight on Sundays.

The weekends will remain open until the Alabama private angler red snapper quota has been met. The additional days are available to private anglers fishing in state and federal waters adjacent to Alabama.

State-licensed commercial party boats may harvest red snapper inside nine nautical miles of Alabama’s coast. Anglers are reminded they must have an Alabama saltwater fishing license, Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement and make a report of their red snapper landings in Snapper Check prior to removing the fish from the boat or the boat with fish from the water.

“The Columbus Day weekend generated very little harvest due to the impacts of hurricanes Sally and Delta,” said Scott Bannon, MRD Director. “We are committed to providing anglers access to the remaining red snapper quota, and we understand that weather, school and other activities will impact the harvest potential. Therefore, we have decided to announce that we will be open for weekend harvest until the quota is met or anticipated to be met. That could be in the first weekend or it may take several weekends. We will share the landings on our website for anglers to follow the progress.”

Detailed red snapper landing information is available here.

Copyright 2020 WBRC. All rights reserved.