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 STILL 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.

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 Trip Logbook to track your activity until logbooks become available at your area Fish & Game office. Instructions for completing the logbook page are included in the download.
  2. Once a current year logbook has been issued, transfer the logbook number onto the temporary logbook data page(s) before mailing to ADF&G.

Do not send temporary data page(s) to ADF&G without a current year logbook number. If no logbook number appears, ADF&G will not be able to associate the trip with your business

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.

Electronic Logbook (eLogBook)

A charter business will be issued an eLogBook upon request. Once issued, it is not required that all guides use it. If a guide wants to use the eLogBook they will be given the eLogBook link by the business owner. If a guide wants to try the eLogBook, but later changes their mind, they can go back to using the saltwater paper logbook.

Once the application is downloaded to a mobile device (smartphone, tablet), laptop or desktop computer, trips can be recorded without internet connectivity. Once the guide returns to a location with internet connectivity the trip information can be uploaded.

Please be aware there are a few conditions associated with using the eLogBook:

  1. We recommend you retain a paper logbook at all times to use in the event of technical difficulty or equipment failure. In previous years you were required to have a paper logbook as a backup.
  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.
  5. All trips must be reported either through the eLogBook or through a paper logbook, but not both.

See the FAQ for more information.

If you are planning on using the eLogBook during the 2020 season, prior to taking any trips, please make sure that you have:

  1. Updated your mobile device’s operating system to the most current, and
  2. Connected your mobile device to the internet and updated your eLogBook application to the most current version.

Failure to complete the steps above may result in unexpected inability to submit your trip information electronically to ADF&G.

Historical Logbook Information

Historical logbook information for a specific business or guide can be made available by submitting the appropriate signed and notarized release of information form(s) below to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.