Proposed 2018 Alabama Commercial Paddlefish Season Information Now Available


Qualified holders of an Alabama Commercial Freshwater Fishing License for fiscal year 2016-17 are eligible to participate in a drawing for an Alabama River Paddlefish Management Area Commercial Paddlefish Harvester Permit for the 2018 paddlefish harvest season. Residents of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois who are licensed to harvest paddlefish in their state of residence are also eligible to participate in the season, which is proposed to run from February 1-28, 2018.

To be included in the permit drawing, an entry form must be received by the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) no later than 5 p.m. CT on November 15, 2017. While there is no entry fee to participate in the drawing, individuals who are randomly drawn will be provided with instructions on how to purchase their paddlefish harvester permit.

For more information about the proposed 2018 paddlefish harvest season including a downloadable entry form, license holder qualifications, regulations, limitations and fees, visit or call the WFF Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit

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