In 2011, 1,372 sport fishing businesses and 2,961 guides licensed under the Alaska Department of Fish and Game guide and business licensing program, signifying intent to provide sport fishing services in Alaska. Of the 1,372 sport fishing businesses registered in 2011, 1,236 were combination owner/guide licenses. Based on the 2011 physical addresses of both the businesses and guides, 88% of the businesses were residents of Alaska, and 12% were from other residency strata (defined as nonresidents), 70% of the guides were residents and 30% were nonresidents.
Of the 2,175 saltwater logbooks issued in 2011, 1,771 were activated, and of the 2,286 freshwater logbooks issued in 2011, 1,498 were activated. Of those businesses that submitted logbook information in 2011, 56% offered saltwater services, and 44% offered freshwater guided services. In 2011, logbook records show that 1,079 saltwater vessels were active. Of those active saltwater vessels, 57% were active in Southeast Alaska and 43% were active in Southcentral Alaska.
A total of 48,491 saltwater charter trips and 246,369 saltwater angler days of fishing occurred in 2011. Of the statewide saltwater trips, 81% of the saltwater angler days were nonresidents, 14% were residents and 5% were crew, comped fishing (nonpaying anglers) or unknown residency. In freshwater, 40,130 trips and 119,296 angler days occurred in 2011. Of the statewide freshwater trips, 89% of the angler days were nonresidents, 10% were residents, and 1% were crew, comped fishing or unknown residency.
2011 saltwater salmon harvests show that coho and king salmon made up 69% and 12% of the total salmon harvest respectively statewide. Saltwater bottomfish harvests in 2011 show that Pacific halibut were the predominant species with 56% of the total saltwater bottomfish harvest statewide. In freshwater, coho salmon were the predominant harvested species, followed by sockeye and then king salmon.