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Ship Creek king run ‘pretty strong’ as Slam’n Salm’n Derby opens

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: June 17, 2019
  • Published June 17, 2019

Dustin Slinker, left, owner of the Bait Shack, weighs an 18.7-pound king salmon caught by Peter Domingo, right, on Sunday morning June 16, 2019, during the Slam'n Salm'n Derby at Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage. Domingo, a past winner of the derby with several top three finishes, said he caught the fish under the railroad bridge during an outgoing tide. "This is a gift for me on Father's Day." (Bill Roth / ADN)

Bait Shack owner Dustin Slinker said over the weekend that a 29-pound fish was leading Anchorage’s annual Slam’n Salm’n Derby — bigger than the fish that won last year.

“The king season started off pretty strong this season and it’s continuing that way. Compared to last season, the fishing is a lot better,” Slinker said.