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Slam’n Salm’n Derby draws a crowd at Ship Creek

King salmon fishing at Ship Creek

As the incoming tide flooded the muddy banks of Anchorage’s Ship Creek on Sunday, it brought in king salmon.

“There was a lot of fish coming up, fish everywhere, the anglers upstream were catching fish, anglers downstream were having just as much success,” said Dustin Slinker, owner of The Bait Shack, which organizes the Slam’n Salm’n Derby.

Water clarity has been improving following record high water during snow melt, Slinker said.

[Rapid erosion triggers emergency closure of much of Anchorage’s Ship Creek Trail]

“Kings are starting to see the bait and spinners,” he said. “... The fishing is definitely starting to pick up.”

The grand prize for the heaviest fish is a roughly 1 ounce gold nugget and $1,000. The derby runs through Saturday, June 18.

King salmon fishing at Ship Creek
King salmon fishing at Ship Creek
King salmon fishing at Ship Creek
King salmon fishing at Ship Creek
King salmon fishing at Ship Creek
King salmon fishing at Ship Creek
King salmon fishing at Ship Creek


Bill Roth

Bill Roth is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.

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