Effective June 24, the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources has opened all state waters for recreational catch-and-release fishing only. This includes all gulf waters out to the three-mile state/federal line. Anglers are reminded to stay clear of booms and booming operations, all working vessels, and areas with visible oil and/or sheen. The pier at Gulf State Park is also reopened for catch-and-release fishing. For full information, click here.

For other details on the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area, go to www.thebeachfacts.com.