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Rod Loaner Program

We Loan Anglers Fishing Gear Free of Charge!

Ice fishing

Many Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) offices have fishing rods to lend. The type of fishing rods and the extent of gear in the Rod Loaner Program (RLP) is dependent upon the local fishing opportunities and fishing conditions. Contact your local ADF&G office, Division of Sport Fish, to inquire how your group may reserve a RLP kit.

Participating Offices and Available Equipment

Anchorage:

  • Light duty spinning rods (good for fishing stocked lakes)
  • Medium duty spinning rods (good for fishing stocked lakes and most salmon)
  • Ice fishing rods (good for ice fishing in the area)
  • Ice augers (hand-crank)
  • Ice fishing essentials (buckets, ice scoops, jigs)

Contact:
Ryan Ragan
Phone: 907.267.2219
Email: ryan.ragan@alaska.gov

Delta Junction:

  • Medium duty spinning rods (good for fishing stocked lakes, Northern pike, and most salmon)
  • Tackle boxes (with spinning tackle, spoons)
  • Ice fishing rods (good for ice fishing in the area)
  • Ice augers (hand-crank)
  • Ice fishing essentials (ice scoops, jigs)

Contact:
Brandy Baker or Ellie Mason
Phone: 907.895.4632 (Brandy) or 907.895.7490 (Ellie)
Email: brandy.baker@alaska.gov or ellie.mason@alaska.gov

Homer, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center:

  • Heavy duty spinning rods (good for saltwater fishing)
  • Tackle boxes (with spinning tackle)
  • Ice fishing rods (good for ice fishing in the area)
  • Ice augers (hand-crank)
  • Ice fishing essentials (ice ladles, jigs, ice spud)

Contact:
Carmen Field or Jessica Ryan-Shepherd
Phone: 907.226.4659 (Carmen) or 907.226.4657 (Jessica)
Email: carmen.field@alaska.gov or jessica.ryan@alaska.gov

Palmer:

  • Light duty spinning rods (good for fishing stocked lakes)
  • Medium duty spinning rods (good for fishing stocked lakes and most salmon)
  • Heavy duty spinning rods (good for saltwater fishing)
  • 6- and 8-weight fly fishing rods
  • Ice fishing rods (good for ice fishing in the area)
  • Ice augers (hand-crank)
  • Ice fishing essentials (buckets, ice scoops, jigs)

Contact:
Will Newberry
Phone: 907.746.6322
Email: william.newberry@alaska.gov

What You’ll Need

  • A current sport fishing license for anyone 16 years of age or older. It’s quick and easy to buy your license online.
  • Terminal tackle (hooks, lures, weights, etc.) If you need suggestions, we can help!
  • A copy of the latest Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. They are available at any ADF&G office at many businesses across the state, as well as online.
  • Proper attire (please dress for the conditions).
  • A positive attitude (sometimes fish just don’t bite).

Things to Remember

  • The equipment is to be used for legal sport fishing activities.
  • It is the borrower’s responsibility to ensure that all parties using State of Alaska equipment have a current valid Alaska sport fishing license if they are required by law to purchase one.
  • It is the borrower’s responsibility to ensure they are familiar with the fishing regulations and emergency orders that apply to their fishing destination.
  • The borrower is responsible for returning the equipment after a maximum of 7 days. Failure to return equipment after 7 days of use will result in borrower information being turned over to the proper authorities as possessing stolen State of Alaska equipment. If unexpected circumstances arise, the borrower will immediately notify the ADF&G office that lent them the equipment.
  • The borrower understands that the State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game, is not responsible for any injuries or damages caused or incurred by use of this equipment.
  • The equipment may not be used for monetary gain of any kind, including, but not limited to, charging other individuals to use this equipment, or using it for personal, business, or organizational financial gain.