Alaska Fishing Rules & Regulations

Alaska Fishing Rules & Regulations
The vastness of Alaska makes it impractical to have one set of regulations to cover all the fishing in the state. For this reason, the state divides itself into five separate regions, with a set of regulations for each one. However, there are many regulations that apply to fishing statewide.

Sport fishing

The angler may use a single line with just one spoon lure, spinning lure or plug when sport fishing. A fishing rod equipped with two flies or two hooks is legal but lines must always have someone attending to them.

Fishing ladders

Fishing in any waters that lie within a distance of 300 feet of fish ladders or fish weirs (traps), unless otherwise noted by signs at the site, is unlawful.


Alaskan fishing regulations define "snagging" as the hooking of a fish anywhere else but in its mouth. This is an illegal practice and any angler accidentally snagging a fish must quickly return it to the water.

Fish Habitat Permit

Anyone that drives a motorized vehicle or a tracked vehicle through waters where species such as whitefish, trout, char, grayling and salmon spawn or migrate through needs to possess a current permit called a Fish Habitat Permit.

Ice fishing

The ice angler may have no more than two lines in the water at once. However, certain bodies of water have regulations that let ice fishermen pursue northern pike and a fish called a burbot--a freshwater relative of the cod--with more than two lines.

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