Sport Fishing Guides & Charter Requirements


A logbook is required by ALL sport fish charter/guide operators in both salt waters and fresh waters, regardless of whether a vessel is used or not. It is the business owner’s responsibility to obtain the logbook. Logbooks can be picked up at all ADF&G offices.

If your business begins operation prior to the availability of the current year logbook, please proceed with the following method to log your trips:

  1. Download the Saltwater or Freshwater Logbook pages (see below) in order to track your activity until Logbooks become available in your area Fish & Game office (1st part of March). Instructions for completing the Logbook page are included in the download.
  2. Transfer the logbook number, from the logbook assigned to you, onto the temporary logbook data pages before mailing to ADF&G.

Do not send this temporary data page to ADF&G without the current year Logbook number. If no Logbook number appears, ADF&G will not be able to credit your business with the fishing information.

What to Bring When Picking up a Logbook

To save time, please bring proof of the following:

  1. Department of Motor Vehicles issued vessel AK number, OR vessel USCG Documentation number - required.
  2. ADF&G Sport Fishing Business Owner Operator’s Freshwater Registration or Saltwater License - required (can be completed at time logbook is picked up)

Logbook Requirements

  • Daily trips must be recorded in the logbook. All trips must be recorded until the last trip of the season.
  • All logbook sheets for completed trips MUST be returned to ADF&G no later than the date specified in the logbook.
  • It is the responsibility of the GUIDE to assure that daily fishing activity is recorded in a timely manner (as described in the logbook).
  • It is the responsibility of the BUSINESS OWNER to ensure that all data for fishing activities from January 1 through December 31 is submitted to ADF&G in the manner specified in the logbook.
  • Any local representative of ADF&G, State of Alaska Peace Officer, or Federal Enforcement Officer must be shown a logbook or eLogBook upon request.

Electronic Logbook (eLogBook)

Guided sport fishing businesses may choose to use an electronic logbook (eLogBook). If a guide chooses to use the eLogBook it must first be issued to the business, who will then give the eLogBook link to their guide(s). Just like paper logbooks, a guide must use an eLogbook issued to a business. The eLogBook collects the same information as the paper form. Once downloaded to a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop), trips can be recorded without internet connectivity. Once the guide returns to a location with internet connectivity, they will be able to upload the trip information entered on the device. Please be aware there are a few conditions associated with using the eLogBook:

  1. You must retain a paper logbook at all times to use in the event of technical difficulty or equipment failure.
  2. You must allow a law enforcement officer, or a representative of ADF&G to inspect the eLogBook trip data stored on the device when requested.
  3. You need to follow all instructions in the paper logbook including when a logbook page must be completed and the timelines for submitting logbook trips.
  4. You agree to contact ADF&G at (907) 267-2299 within 24 hours (or the next ADF&G business day) in the event of technical difficulty.

If a business elects to use the eLogBook, not all of their guides need to participate. If a guide wants to try the eLogBook, but later changes their mind, they can go back to using the paper logbook. All trips must be reported either through the eLogBook or through a paper logbook, but not both.

Historical Logbook Information

Historical logbook information is available by submitting one of the forms below.