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Fishing in Alaska is a complex subject because of Alaska's size, geography and the administrative distinctions made between its various fisheries. Briefly, Alaska's size, rugged terrain, and lack of transportation infrastructure makes most of the state inaccessible to those without a boat or an airplane. Visitors who wish to fish in Alaska occasionally ask where there is good fishing, and learn that although there are many places where the fishing is good, most of those places are far from the road system. Guides and outfitters can accommodate most sport fisherman, and will generally provide their clients with the information needed to make their fishing excursions successful. Officially, The State of Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game recognizes four kinds of fishing. Fishing regulations cover subsistence, personal use, sport, and commercial fishing. Each of these categories cover locations statewide, which means that regulations must anticipate diverse needs based on seasons, user groups, fish species, and the bodies of water in which fish may be found.

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