Gulf State Park


Canal from Middle Lake Towards Little Lake. Photo by Farren Dell
Large Bass Seen In Middle Lake
View from a Dock at Little Lake
Lake Shelby Shoreline Areas

Enjoy freshwater and saltwater fishing around Gulf State Park! 

Gulf State Park is home to some of the finest and most scenic fishing in Alabama. Whether you desire a sensational saltwater experience fishing on the pier or would rather freshwater fish from breathtaking Lake Shelby, there is something here for most fishermen who want to have a good time, enjoy the beauty of nature, and hopefully catch some dinner as well.


You must purchase a saltwater or freshwater license before you begin fishing. You can purchase them online. There is a courtesy computer located in the Bait & Tackle shop on the Pier that you are able to use to purchase a license online. The three lakes at the Park are classified as freshwater and the Pier is classified as saltwater. You're AL fishing license must reflect these distinctions.


Gulf State Park is home to many types of wildlife, including alligators. Please be aware at all times. For detailed information, please see our Wildlife Safety recommendations.


Freshwater Fishing


Gulf State Park Lakes:

  • Lake Shelby - 592 acres
  • Middle Lake - 193 acres
  • Little Lake - 39 acres


Common Species Caught 

  • Bass
  • Bream
  • Catfish
  • Speckled Trout
  • Redfish
  • Blue Crab


Recommended Bait


Live bait (shrimp, crickets, night crawlers) or artificial (worms, plugs or jigs)


Boat launches are located at Lake Shelby and Middle Lake.


All that is needed to fish in Lake Shelby is a freshwater fishing license.

Purchase a fishing license online.


Saltwater Fishing


Gulf of Mexico:

  • Pier over the Gulf with 2,448 feet of fishing space 
  • Over 3 miles of beach for surf fishing


Common Species Caught

  • Redfish
  • Pompano
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackeral
  • Speckled Trout
  • Catfish
  • Whiting
  • Croaker
  • King Mackeral


Recommended Bait


Live bait is the most popular choice (shrimp, fiddler crabs, ghost shrimp, sand fleas, bull minnows) or artificial ( most popular: Gotcha plugs, spoons, fish bites, jigs, plugs)


Checkout the Outdoor Alabama information regarding saltwater fishing creel and size limits.

Visit our Fishing and Education Pier page for hours and costs of the Pier.


If you are interested in gaining skills to fish off of a saltwater pier, sign up for our Angler's Academy class. This class is only offered during the summer season.