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Fishing Regulations & Licenses

Stay Informed!

Alaska is lauded as having 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 2020 Fishing Guidelines for the Kenai Peninsula as a whole, as well as specific guidelines for the Seward Area.

New Rules for 2021 aren’t known officially until February – Below are the 2019  and 2020 regulations (2020 revised 06/15/20).  2021 regulations will likely be more similar to the 2019 regulations.

2020 (Revised 06/15/20)

Area 3A (South-central Alaska)

  •  Two fish daily bag limit: Charter vessel anglers may catch and retain two halibut per day.
  • 32-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 32 inches in length. The 32-inch maximum size limit allows anglers to keep a second fish that weighs approximately 14 pounds, round weight.
  • 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.
  • No annual limit: Charter anglers are not subject to an annual limit on the number of halibut they retain.
    Anglers are no longer required to record halibut caught on charter vessel fishing trips in Area 3A on the back of the fishing license or on a harvest record card.
  • Wednesday closure: Charter vessel anglers may not catch and retain halibut (except GAF) on Wednesdays.
  • No closed fishing days: Charter vessel anglers may catch and retain halibut on all days of the week.

2019

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 (for 2020 this may be 26″): 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 (For 2020 this may be a 3 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 (For 2020 this may be all Tuesdays): Charter vessel anglers may not catch and retain halibut (except GAF) on five Tuesdays on 2019: July 16 through August 13th.

*Halibut are monitored and regulated by both the State Federal Government, and the most up to date Federal catch restrictions for guided charter in area 3A are listed HERE 

Fishing License

Fishing licenses can be purchased at Miller’s Landing. Children under age 16 do not need to have a fishing license. Military stationed in Alaska and residents pay $29 annual. If you fish for King Salmon you will need a King Salmon Stamp in addition to your fishing license.

*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

*2020 Fishing Regulations Online – Full Sport Fishing Regulations for the North Gulf Coast / State of Alaska

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