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Photos: 2014 Bird Creek salmon fishing

Colin Hillberg of San Francisco holds up a stringer full of pinks as he walks across the pedestrian bridge after a successful salmon fishing trip to Bird Creek south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Stephan Black pretends to kiss a stringer with a silver, a chum, and pink salmon while fishing at Bird Creek south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Anglers work the low-tide while salmon fishing at Bird Creek south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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A fisherman releases a pink salmon caught at Bird Creek south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Ron White carries a stringer with two silvers that his wife Pamela White caught while fishing at Bird Creek on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Anglers fish the incoming tide near the mouth of Bird Creek on the Turnagain Arm side of the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Stephan Black carries a stringer with a silver, a chum and pink salmon while fishing at Bird Creek on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Chris Soares and Michelle Ono salmon fish from the rocks under the Seward Highway bridge while at Bird Creek on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Anglers line the muddy banks of Bird Creek as the incoming tide forces them out of the creek bed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Pamela White fights a coho salmon near the mouth of Bird Creek while fishing the Turnagain Arm side of the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News Pamela White fights a silver salmon near the mouth of Bird Creek while fishing the Turnagain Arm side of the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Pedestrians watch fisherman from an observation deck above Bird Creek on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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David Dickman carries a sliver salmon back to the parking lot after fishing with his wife Nicole and their children Tyberious, 8, and Evylane, 6, at Bird Creek on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Wendy Caudle who is originally from England, said that her finger nails are her passion as she holds up a Vibrax while trying her luck salmon fishing at Bird Creek on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Caudle said, "I never picked up a pole until 2 1/2 years ago and now you can't get it out of my hand."
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Bob Tenge of Anchorage makes a cast while salmon fishing at Bird Creek on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Bob Tenge casts under a railroad trestle while salmon fishing at Bird Creek south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Salmon caught at Bird Creek hang on a stringer on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Stephan Black pretends to kiss a stringer with a silver, a chum, and pink salmon while fishing at Bird Creek south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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BIRD CREEK -- While flogging the water for coho salmon on a cloudless Tuesday morning, my mind drifted back to an email I got years ago when I worked full time as the Anchorage Daily News’ fishing reporter. The email was from a reader, an avid Bird Creek angler who was clearly upset that I had written an article about the excellent coho fishing here along Mile 101 of the Seward Highway.

“How dare you write about my secret spot,” the reader wrote. “Now everybody’s going to be down there!”

That email has been seared into my memory bank, not only because it’s ridiculous to think this creek was ever a secret once the Alaska Department of Fish and Game began stocking it with hatchery smolt decades ago, but also because I think of it every time I come here and fish elbow to elbow with dozens of other anglers trying to limit out on silver salmon.

Tuesday morning was proof that Bird Creek is no secret.

READ MORE: Hatchery stocking triggers better silver salmon fishing at Bird Creek