Professional Licenses
Sport Fish Guides and Charters

Effective May 26, 2019 freshwater logbook reporting is no longer required for guided sport fishing.

ALL freshwater businesses and guides are STILL required to:

  1. Register with ADF&G for the 2020 season,
  2. Register their vessels with ADF&G for the 2020 season, and
  3. Obtain and display the annual year stickers (2 per vessel) for their sport fishing guide vessel(s)

Vessel registration forms should be available at all ADF&G offices in mid-February. The Business & Guide Registration tab has more information about how to register. Annual year stickers for each registered vessel are given to the business at the time of vessel registration.

Saltwater Logbooks

A logbook is required by ALL sport fish charter/guide operators operating in saltwater, 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.

In 2020, a charter businesses may continue to use either the paper logbook or start using the eLogBook to report their guided sport fishing activities. Learn more about the eLogBook or watch eLogBook “How to” videos.

Required Documents to Obtain a Logbook

  1. Department of Motor Vehicles issued vessel AK number, OR vessel US Coast Guard Documentation number.
  2. ADF&G Sport Fishing Business Owner Operator’s Registration (can be completed at time logbook is picked up)

Saltwater Logbook Reporting Requirements

  • Daily trips must be recorded in the saltwater logbook and all trips must be recorded until the last trip of the season.
  • All saltwater logbook sheets for completed trips must be returned to ADF&G no later than the date specified in the logbook.
  • As described in the logbook it is the responsibility of the guide to assure that daily fishing activity is recorded in a timely manner.
  • 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.
  • When requested by any local representative of ADF&G, State of Alaska Peace Officer, or Federal Enforcement Officer the saltwater logbook or eLogBook must be made available for review.