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Photos: King salmon return to Ship Creek

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: June 15
  • Published June 14

John Joe casts a lure while fishing for Chinook salmon at Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Sunday, June 14, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Anglers tried their luck fishing for king salmon from the muddy banks of Ship Creek on a sunny Sunday afternoon, June 14. Every so often you could hear “Fish on” and then a roar from nearby fishermen after the fish was successfully netted.

The hatchery-enhanced run of king salmon are returning home to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game William Jack Hernandez Sport fish Hatchery, completing a cycle of life.

After careful monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic, derby organizers “Made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Slam’n Salm’n Derby," that was scheduled for June 12-21 in Anchorage, they wrote on Facebook.

Greg Wilson caught his first ever king salmon while soaking eggs below a bobber at Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. ’That was a beast of a fight, ’ said Wilson. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Joy Knight, left, walks across the mudflats with her daughters Eva, 13, and Nina, 8, and Maria Robinson to go king salmon fishing at Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Anglers lined the muddy banks of Ship Creek while fishing for chinook salmon near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Maria Robinson pulls bait on a hook with an egg loop while king salmon fishing at Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
2015 Slam'n Salm'n Derby winner Maria Robinson drifts eggs beneath a bobber while fishing for king salmon at Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. Robinson said her favorite time to fish is half an hour after high tide. (Bill Roth / ADN)


A king salmon caught at Ship Creek rests on the mudflats near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Mark Steblein holds up the first two salmon he has ever caught while king salmon fishing at Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. Steblein caught the jack king on the right before hooking the adult chinook on the left. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Tyler Hyatt nets a king salmon fishing for fisherman Mark Steblein on the step muddy banks of Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Tug boats pass by the mouth of Ship Creek as anglers fish for king salmon during an outgoing tide on Sunday, June 14, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)




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