Alaska is lauded as being among the best managed fisheries in the world. The regulations are important, and they change each year, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Check out the links below to the International Pacific Halibut Commission websites and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Make sure you stay abreast of the rules before you head out on a trip, be it alone or guided!
Seward is located in the North Gulf Coast stat area 3A, the following are links to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game website where you can purchase a Sport Fishing License & King Tag online!
Also find below links to the 2017 Fishing Guidelines for the Kenai Peninsula as a whole, as well as specific guidelines for the Seward Area.
New Rules for 2017
Area 3A (South-central Alaska)
Two fish daily bag limit: Charter vessel anglers may catch and retain two halibut per day.
28-inch maximum size limit on one fish: Charter vessel anglers may keep one fish of any size per day and one fish that is no more than 28 inches in length. The 28-inch maximum size limit allows anglers to keep a second fish that weighs approximately 7 pounds, after the head and guts have been removed.
Trip limit: Charter vessels may only take one trip during which charter vessel anglers retain halibut per day.
Charter halibut permits may only be used for one charter halibut fishing trip per day during which charter vessel anglers retain halibut.
4-fish annual limit: Charter anglers may catch and retain no more than 4 halibut in a calendar year on charter vessel fishing trips in Area 3A. This annual limit does not apply to halibut caught while fishing without a guide, charter fishing in Area 2C, or halibut caught as GAF. Anglers are required to record halibut caught on charter vessel fishing trips in Area 3A on the back of the fishing license or harvest record card.
Wednesday closure: Charter vessel anglers may not catch and retain halibut (except GAF) on Wednesdays.
Tuesday closure: Charter vessel anglers may not catch and retain halibut (except GAF) on three Tuesdays on 2017: July 18, July 25, and August 1.
*Buying Fishing Licenses and King Salmon Stamps Online - you can print them out at home ahead of time! You MUST have them on your person however!
Buy your fishing and hunting license online at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/
*2016 Fishing Regulations Online - Full Sport Fishing Regulations for State of Alaska
*2016 Fishing Regulations Online - Sport Fishing Regulations for Seward Area (North Gulf Coast)