Salmon fishing is big business in Alaska for commercial fishing and the tourism industry. Seasons and limits vary widely between types of salmon, which include redeye, sockeye, pink, chum, silver, coho and king salmon.
Alaska fishing licenses, when purchased by a resident, are good until December 31 of that calendar year. Nonresident licenses, required for anglers of 16 or older, can be bought for periods of one, three, seven or 14 days.
Dip Netting and Fall Season
Only Alaska residents are allowed to dip net for salmon. Dip netting is popular during the fall salmon runs in the Kenai, Kasilof, China Poot and Copper Rivers--and in Fish Creek, which is opened occasionally by emergency order.
Permits and Stamps
Dip netters must hold a personal-use permit. Residents between 16 and 59 fishing for anadromous king salmon must hold a king stamp.
The waters within 300 feet of a fish ladder or weir are closed to sport fishing--this applies to all freshwater salmon fisheries. It is also illegal to impede the salmon's natural spawning processes or otherwise molest the fish.
All fishing regulations within the State of Alaska and its waters can be superseded, at any time, by an Emergency Order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.