The Alaska Department of Fish and Game pride itself with one of the most innovative types of fishing regulations currently available. It goes without saying that this is all due to the fact that the area boasts an incredibly fish diversity. Seeing how Alaskan officials want to do as much as they can so as to protect the environment and the native species, it stands to reason that anglers have to abide by some rules to avoid going against the law.
As the official website of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game can tell you, fishing in this state falls into four categories: Personal Use, Commercial, Subsistence, and Sport. Of all of these types, Sport fishing is open to anyone living or transiting Alaska at this time. The other categories are limited to specific areas, require particular kinds of gear, or are strictly available for residents.
If you plan to keep the fish that you have caught in order to consume it or feed your family, you can do so for all of the formerly mentioned categories. Sport fishing allows the use of rods and reels, but it is not permitted for commercial and personal use angling. Seine nets or gill nets are allowed in commercial angling, but they are not in sport fishing. It’s easy to see that these requirements are rather logical depending on the type of angling you want to perform.
Sport fishing, which is what you’re likely to perform if you are a nonresident and would like to have a shot at getting the trophy catch you have always dreamed of, is subject to different regulations depending on the particular area of Alaska you intend to go to. Statewide regulations are organized per four regions.
There are northern, southwest, south-central, and southeast rules. If you have no idea what the local legislation is pertaining to the species you are targeting or where you want to go, we suggest checking out the website that we have mentioned above as it contains a plethora of useful info that might be able to assist you in understanding the rules.
As for licenses, tags, and permits, you can now buy them online from the site of the same Department. Of course, they are also available at a variety of tackle shops. There’s even a license vendor manual that you can skim if you want to make sure that the region you are traveling to has a seller you can get your license from.
There are several differences between license requirements in Alaska and some other states. For example, nonresidents under the age of 16 do not require a fishing license, but they do need a harvest record card. These rules apply to residents under the age of 18. In most other states, only people younger than 16 are exempt from getting a license.
Because the prices of various licenses vary largely from one year to the next, we suggest doing a bit of research before going on the road. The last thing you’d want to do is break the law. It’s also worth adding that the duration of a license depends on the moment you’ve purchased it. Usually, it lasts from that time until December 31st of that year. Licenses for residents can last from 1 to 14 days.