Alaska Fishing License

Information about Alaska King Salmon License Stamps and Fishing Regulations

Also see Alaska fishing locations and Alaska fishing seasons

Alaska fishing license, temporary Alaska fishing license, Alaska king salmon license stampsFor almost anyone fishing in Alaska between the ages of 16 and 59, a license is required.  An Alaska fishing license (for sport fishing) applies to both salt and freshwater fishing. 

When fishing for king salmon, a special Alaska king salmon license stamp and a harvest record is required in addition to a fishing license.  There are also specific regulations concerning keeping fish under certain weights and limits on the amount of fish that can be kept for trophy or consumption.

Fishing licenses can be purchased from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  Fishing licenses and special stamps are available for purchase online or via mail from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  For cruise ship passengers who take ship arranged fishing excursions, the fishing guides who operate the excursion usually sell fishing licenses and stamps.

Alaska resident fishing licenses are good for one year (until December 31 of the year the license is bought.)  Fishing licenses for non-residents are available for either 1 year, 14 day, 7 days, 3 days or 1 day. 

Alaska Fishing Harvest Recording

When a fish is caught, anglers must record the catch in a harvest record.   The harvest record area is located on the back of the fishing license or fishermen can get a harvest card from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  All records must be kept in ink.  To complete a harvest record, anglers generally need to include the amount of fish taken, the date, and the type of fish.

Other Alaskan Fishing Regulations

Fishing regulations vary by region and fish species.  Below are general regulations by region.  Anglers should check for specific bag limits and regulations in their area before beginning any fishing trip in Alaska.

Alaskan King Salmon Fishing

Southeast (Includes Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Haines, etc.) - for residents daily bag limit is 2 fish, 2 in possession, minimum 28 inches, no annual limit. for non residents daily bag limit is 1 fish, 1 in possession, minimum 28 inches, 4 fish annual limit, harvest recording required. 

South Central - annual limit is 5 fish with no more than 2 from Kenai River and no more than 2 from Deep or Anchor Creek, minimum 20 inches, harvest recording required.  Salmon intended for catch and release may not be removed from the water.

Northwest - daily bag limit is 1 fish over 20 inches and 10 fish under 20 inches, limits are more strict in certain areas (like the Unalakeet River Drainage)

Southwest - bag limit is 2 fish per day, no size limit, no annual limit

Alaska Steelhead Fishing

Southeast- bag limit is 1 fish per day with an annual limit of 2 fish, minimum size is 36 inches. Harvest recording is required.

South Central - annual limit is 2 fish except in Knik Arm and Sustina River areas (where annual limit is 10), minimum size is 20 inches. Harvest recording is required.

Alaska Halibut Fishing

South Central - bag limit is 2 fish per day, no size limits

Southwest - no size limits, daily bag limit is 2 fish

Alaska Rainbow Trout Fishing

South Central - annual limit is 2 fish except in Knik Arm and Sustina River areas (where annual limit is 10), minimum size is 20 inches. Harvest recording is required.

Interior - daily bag limit is 2 fish with only 1 fish 20 inches or longer

Southwest - bag limit is 2 fish per day only one 20 inches or longer, yearly limit of 2 fish over 20 inches

Alaska Red Salmon Fishing

Northwest - bag limit is 10 fish per day (less at some bodies of water) of red and other non-king salmon combined, no size limit.

Interior - daily bag limit is 5 fish (less at certain water bodies) of red and other salmon combined (does not include king salmon), no size limit

Southwest - bag limit is 5 fish per day, no size limit

Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing

Interior - bag limit is 5 fish per day (less at certain bodies of water) of silver salmon and other non-king salmon combined, no size limit

Northwest - no size limit, daily bag limit is 10 fish (less at some bodies of water) of silver and other types of salmon combined (does not include king salmon.)

Southwest - no size limit, bag limit is 5 fish daily