Types of Alaska Fishing Licenses
Interested applicants may choose from four fishing licenses in Alaska, a nd based o n several factors,
you may qualify for one or more of the following fishing permits:
A sport fishing permit
A commercial fishing permit
A subsistence fishing permit
A personal use fishing permit
Before getting AK fishing permits, decide on the type of fishing you would like to partake in a nd
review the related rules and regulations. Both sport and commercial fishing require a valid fishing
license, whereas subsistence and personal use fishing may or may not require a license.
Commercial Fishing in Alaska
Alaskan commercial fishing is considered one of the most important industries in the country, and a
number of requirements must be met before buying an AK commercial fishing permit.
Two types of commercial crew licenses are available, according to the longevity of the fishing
activity. The seven-day commercial fishing license or the annual commercial fishing permit can be
obtained via the AK DFG website. When buying a commercial fishing license in Alaska you are required
Have a valid credit card, mailing address, email address and a phone number.
Provide your Social Security Number.
Provide your state driver's license number.
Sport Fishing in Alaska
Sport fishing is available to anyone present in Alaska who does not plan to barter, trade or sell his
catch and who does not plan to use dipnets, seine nets or gillnets to catch fish.
Alaska offers the following types of sport fishing licenses:
Annual sport fishing license
Annual sport fishing and hunting license
Annual sport fishing, hunting and trapping license
Annual low income sport fishing, hunting and trapping license
Annual king salmon stamp
One-day, three-day, seven-day, 14-day sport fishing license
One-day, three-day, seven-day, 14-day sport fishing and annual hunting license
One-day, three-day, seven-day, 14-day day king salmon stamp
Varieties of the aforementioned licenses are available to applicants, based upon the residency of the
anglers (resident, nonresident or alien) and whether or not they are a member of the military. The AK
fishing license fees are generally more cost-effective for residents and for military members.
Individuals younger than 16 and older than 60 years of age are exempt from buying a sport fishing
permits in Alaska. Note that they have to record their catch on a Sport Fishing Harvest Record Card,
which is available for free.
Subsistence and Personal Use Fishing
Subsistence fishing contains noncommercial traditional uses (food, fuel, shelter, tools, clothing),
whereas fishing for personal use constitutes the taking of finfish, shellfish or other marine
resources without the intention to sell them.
Subsistence and personal use fisheries are only available to Alaska residents and different
regulations apply. To take part in either one, visit the website of the AK DFG and find out about the
restrictions of certain fisheries and whether or not a permit is required.
Alaska Fishing Education
Alaska residents have the option to further their fishing knowledge and education once they have
obtained their licenses through appropriate courses and programs. For those seeking to improve their
fishing skills, the D epartment of Fish and Game offers the below workshops and programs:
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops
The Rod Loaner program
The BOW program aims to offer women hands-on workshops that will help perfect their fishing abilities.
Interested applicants can reap the benefits of one-one instructor interaction, and those of any age or
gender can attend.
The Rod Loaner programs is made available through the state department, which provides lends fishing
equipment to any interested angler.
Alaska Fishing Organizations
N umerous fishing organizations based in Alaska support avid anglers and aim to promote the
sustainability of the state’s fishing industry. Read more about these organizations below.
Alaska Charter Association
The Alaska Charter Association’s mission is to safeguard the rights of recreational sport
anglers in the state. The association also strives to act as the voice of the fishing industry on
various levels, whether it is local, statewide or national.
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation continuously works with state and national fisheries to
increase the economic value and conservation of the state’s fishing industry. Plus, t he
foundation also joins forces with numerous scientific organizations to find ways to improve the
sustainability of the fishing industry.
United Fishermen of Alaska
Founded several decades ago, the United Fishermen of Alaska promotes and protects the interests of
commercial fishing industry in Alaska. Representing several commercial fishing organizations, the UFA
also supports the state management of fisheries.