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Fishing in Alaska

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Most anglers dream of fishing while in Alaska. Be sure you know the regulations for the area where you plan to fish. Know the rules for the waterway too.

Be sure to have your Alaska fishing license with you whenever you are fishing. Anyone age 16 or older must have a sport fishing license. A king salmon stamp is required in addition to your license if you plan to catch one of these remarkable fish.

Sport Fishing Licenses and King Salmon Stamps can be purchased online, at most sporting goods stores in Alaska, or at Alaska Fish and Game offices.

Most visitors to Alaska are keen to fish for Salmon around the Anchorage and Valdez areas or on the Kenai Peninsula. Depending where you fish, the run timing can vary by a week or two. Generally, the run timing for Salmon is:

  • Chinook (King) Salmon –mid-May to mid-July
  • Sockeye (Red) Salmon – early-July to late-August
  • Coho (Silver) Salmon – mid-July to late-September
  • Pink Salmon – mid-July to late-August
  • Chum (Dog) Salmon – mid-June to early-July

Wherever you fish, we ask you to treat the fish gently, with respect, learn the proper handling techniques and practice live release in moderation.

Can I hunt?

In Alaska, a license is required to hunt or trap. There are a variety of licenses available to non-resident hunters. To hunt different species, you may also need a harvest tag, a special stamp, or a permit in addition to your hunting and fishing license.

A Big Game Tag is required if you plan to hunt brown/grizzly bear, black bear, bison, caribou, deer, elk, goat, moose, bull musk ox, sheep, wolf, or wolverine.


 

RESIDENT FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES

  • Resident Annual Sport Fishing License $24
  • Resident Annual Sport Fishing and Hunting License $48
  • Resident Annual Hunting License $25

RESIDENT KING SALMON AND DUCK STAMPS

  • Resident Annual King Salmon Stamp $10
  • Resident Annual State Waterfowl Stamp $25

NONRESIDENT FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES

  • Nonresident 1 Day Sport Fishing License $20
  • Nonresident 3 Day Sport Fishing License $35
  • Nonresident 7 Day Sport Fishing License $55
  • Nonresident 14 Day Sport Fishing License $80
  • Nonresident Annual Sport Fishing License $145
  • Nonresident Annual Yukon Territory Reciprocal Sport Fishing License $24
  • Nonresident Annual Hunting and Sport Fishing License $230
  • Nonresident Annual Hunting and 1 Day Sport Fishing License $105
  • Nonresident Annual Hunting and 3 Day Sport Fishing License $120
  • Nonresident Annual Hunting and 7 Day Sport Fishing License $140
  • Nonresident Annual Hunting and 14 Day Sport Fishing License $165
  • Nonresident Annual Hunting License $85

NONRESIDENT KING SALMON AND DUCK STAMPS

  • Nonresident 1 Day King Salmon Stamp $10
  • Nonresident 3 Day King Salmon Stamp $20
  • Nonresident 7 Day King Salmon Stamp $30
  • Nonresident 14 Day King Salmon Stamp $50
  • Nonresident Annual King Salmon Stamp $100
  • Nonresident Annual State Waterfowl Stamp $5

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