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Saltwater Fishing
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Seward is one of Alaska's hot fishing spots for big halibut. It's common to catch fish between fifty and eighty pounds. The big ones come in between two hundred and three hundred pounds. The Jackpot Halibut Tournament runs from May 15th to July 31st.

Seward, a paradise for anglers, is well-known for silver salmon. Silver salmon start showing up in mid-July peak in August just in time for the Silver Salmon Derby week.

King salmon can be caught right off the beach or trolling in the bay from a boat. The early run peaks in mid-June, and anglers catch 20 to 25 pound kings.

You can rent a boat or go on a charter. Fishing charters range from ½ day to full days. They offer salmon charters, halibut charters, halibut/bottom fish charters or combinations.

Get Licensed Resident Fee: A sportfishing license is $15.00, hunting and fishing license $39.00; hunting, trapping and fishing license is $53.00.

Nonresident Fees: A one-day fishing license is $10.00; three-day $20.00; seven-day $30.00; a fourteen-day $50.00; and an annual license $100.00.

Military License: Available to those on active duty and permanently stationed in Alaska (including their dependents). A fishing license is $15.00. A qualified resident disabled veteran may receive a free fishing and hunting license after completing an application from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Licensing Section.

King Salmon Tag: Anglers age 16 and older who fish for king salmon (except for stocked kings in landlocked lakes) must purchase a king salmon tax, sign it and attach it to their fising license. Cost is $10.00 for residents, $10.00 for a nonresident one-day tag, $20.00 for a three-day, $30.00 for a seven-day, $50.00 for a fourteen-day and $100.00 for an annual tag, Military residents pay $20.00.

License Purchase: From an Fish and Game license agent (including Fish House, Seward Shop & Millers Landing) or by mail from the Fish and Game Licencing Section, P.O. Box 25525, Juneau, AK 99802-5525. Call (907) 465-2376 to request an application by fax. Buy licenses over the Internet: www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/a dn click on online license purchase. Recorded fishing information at (907) 267-2510.

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