Fishing in Alaska is a dream for many anglers, offering unparalleled opportunities to catch a variety of fish species in some of the most pristine waters in the world. However, before you cast your line, it’s essential to understand the costs and types of fishing licenses required. This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need about fishing licenses in Alaska for the 2024 season.

Types of Alaska Fishing Licenses

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) offers several types of fishing licenses, depending on your residency status, age, and the duration of your fishing trip. Here are the main categories:

Resident Licenses

To qualify for a resident fishing license, you must have lived in Alaska for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before purchasing the license. The fees for the 2024 season are as follows:

  • Annual Sport Fishing License: $29
  • Annual Sport Fishing and Hunting License: $60
  • Annual Sport Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping License: $85
  • Annual Low-Income Sport Fishing License: $5
  • Annual Sport Fishing License for the Blind: $0.50

Non-Resident Licenses

If you’re visiting Alaska from another state or country, you’ll need to purchase a non-resident fishing license. Non-resident licenses are valid from the date of purchase until the expiration date printed on the license. The fees for the 2024 season are as follows:

  • 1-Day Sport Fishing License: $25
  • 3-Day Sport Fishing License: $45
  • 7-Day Sport Fishing License: $70
  • 14-Day Sport Fishing License: $105
  • Annual Sport Fishing License: $145

Special Group Licenses

The ADF&G offers discounted licenses for certain groups, including:

Military Licenses

Active-duty members of the U.S. military stationed in Alaska may be eligible for a discounted military fishing license. To qualify, you must present your military ID and proof of Alaska residency at the time of purchase. The fees for the 2024 season are as follows:

  • Annual Military Sport Fishing License: $20
  • Annual Military Sport Fishing and Hunting License: $60

Senior Licenses

Alaska residents aged 60 or older are eligible for a discounted senior fishing license. To qualify, you must present proof of age and Alaska residency at the time of purchase. The fees for the 2024 season are as follows:

  • Annual Senior Sport Fishing License: $10
  • Annual Senior Sport Fishing and Hunting License: $35

King Salmon Stamp

If you plan on fishing for King Salmon, you will need to purchase a King Salmon stamp in addition to your fishing license. The fees for the 2024 season are as follows:

  • Resident Annual King Salmon Stamp: $10
  • Non-Resident 1-Day King Salmon Stamp: $15
  • Non-Resident 3-Day King Salmon Stamp: $30
  • Non-Resident 7-Day King Salmon Stamp: $45
  • Non-Resident 14-Day King Salmon Stamp: $75
  • Non-Resident Annual King Salmon Stamp: $100

How to Purchase an Alaska Fishing License

There are several convenient ways to purchase your Alaska fishing license:

  1. Online: Visit the ADF&G website to purchase and print your license.
  2. In-Person: Licenses can be purchased at many local sporting goods stores, Fish and Game offices, and other authorized vendors.
  3. By Phone: Call the ADF&G licensing office to purchase your license over the phone.

Do Kids Need a Fishing License in Alaska?

Residents under 18 years old do not need an Alaska fishing license. Non-resident kids under the age of 16 years old also do not need a fishing license. However, when sport fishing for a species that has an annual limit, both resident and non-resident kids of all ages need a Sport Fishing Harvest Card.

Conservation Efforts

Fishing license fees support conservation initiatives, habitat restoration, and public access to fishing opportunities. By purchasing a fishing license, you are contributing to the sustainability of Alaska’s fisheries and helping to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same fishing experiences.


Fishing in Alaska is an unforgettable experience, but it’s crucial to have the appropriate fishing license before you start. Whether you’re a resident or a non-resident, there are various options available to suit your needs. Always check the latest regulations and fees on the ADF&G website to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Can I fish without a license if I’m accompanying a licensed angler?

No, all anglers aged 16 and older must have their own valid fishing license, even if they are fishing with a licensed angler.

Do I need a separate license for saltwater and freshwater fishing?

No, an Alaska sport fishing license covers both saltwater and freshwater fishing throughout the state.

How long is my fishing license valid?

Most licenses are valid from the date of purchase through December 31st of the same year. However, short-term non-resident licenses are valid for the specified number of days (1, 3, 7, or 14) from the date of purchase.

What happens if I lose my fishing license?

If you lose your license, you can obtain a duplicate for a fee of $5. You can request a duplicate online through your ADF&G account or visit an ADF&G office or license vendor.

Do I need any additional permits or stamps besides my fishing license?

In most cases, a sport fishing license and a king salmon stamp (if targeting king salmon) are sufficient. However, certain areas or species may require additional permits, such as the McNeil River Bear Viewing Permit or the Kenai River Coho Salmon Permit. Always check the regulations for the specific area and species you plan to fish.

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