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Fishing in Alaska

BLM-Alaska manages over 100,000 miles of stream and 2.5 million acres of lakes located on public land. These waters are becoming increasingly important to recreation, commercial fishing, and subsistence users. The waters host many fish species vital for healthy ecosystems. The BLM’s goal is to conserve fish populations and habitat for current and future generations, while allowing continued public use and enjoyment of this resource.

Many fish species inhabiting BLM-managed waters are highly valued by anglers. While Chinook, coho, and sockeye salmon are favorites because of their size, fighting ability, flavor, and beauty; rainbow trout, lake trout, Arctic char, northern pike, Dolly Varden, and Arctic grayling also provide many hours of angling pleasure.

girl holding fishIf fishing is part of your Alaska travel plans, check the BLM Alaska Freshwater Fishing brochure and this website for more information on fishing opportunities on BLM-managed public lands. 

Sport fishing is regulated by the State of Alaska.  Anyone older than 16 will need to obtain an Alaska fishing license to sport fish in Alaska waters. You can get more information by visiting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website or contacting them for a copy of the current Alaska Sport Fishing regulations. 

Angler’s code of ethics

Keep in mind that established fishing laws are designed to provide better fishing for everyone, now and in the future. But there is more to fishing than obeying the letter of the law. Your commitment to respect Alaska’s aquatic resources is essential to preserve quality fishing opportunities for the future.

The ethical angler:

  • supports conservation efforts
  • properly recycles and disposes of trash
  • practices safe angling and boating
  • obeys fishing and boating regulations
  • respects the rights of other anglers
  • respects the rights of property owners’
  • shares fishing knowledge and skills
  • doesn’t release live bait into waters
  • promotes ethical sport fishing
  • supports conservation efforts by taking only the fish needed