Do kids need a fishing license in Alaska?

Fishing can be a great activity for kids. It teaches little ones patience and Perseverance while allowing them to hone their motor skills and coordination. But do kids need a fishing license?

At what age do you need a fishing license?

Before you hit the water, you might be wondering if your little one needs a fishing license. Regulations vary from state to state. Some states allow minors as old as 17 to fish without a license, while others require a youth license to be purchased at a discounted rate.

Do I need a license if I am assisting a minor who is fishing?

It is important to note that any adult assisting a minor may still need a license and all rules and regulations must be respected regardless of age.

Some species such as trout and salmon may require an additional license or stamp. Some states may have special regulations when possessing more than one pole.

Kid’s Fishing regulations in Alaska

  • Alaskan residents under the age of 18 do not need to purchase a sport fishing license. Non-residents under the age of 16 do not need to purchase a sport fishing license.
  • When sport fishing for species with an annual limit, resident anglers under the age of 18 and nonresident anglers under the age of 16 are required to record their harvest on the free Sport Fishing Harvest Record Card. The card is available online, at license vendors, and at Fish and Game offices. Species with an annual limit are listed in the General Regulations section in area sport fish regulation summary books.


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