June 13, 2019 at 11:10am | Barb Huntley
This historic eight-day Slam’n Salm’n Derby is a benefit for Anchorage’s Downtown Soup Kitchen. This organization assists with Anchorage’s working poor and homeless by serving lunch to more than 500 people Monday through Friday.

The competition is as follows: The person to reel in the biggest King Salmon over the eight-day competition period is prized King of the salmon fishing derby. Over the years, the winners have weighed as little as 28 pounds and as heavy as over 50 pounds.

In years past, they have had days and sections specifically for those under the age of 15. We’ve yet to see what that schedule is for this year’s event. They have also had staff from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game there to assist the youngsters in tying knots and how to handle and release, as well as what gear to use.

Rules: The anglers must be at least six years of age and everyone over the age of 18 must have an Alaska Fishing License and King Salmon stamp. The legal area to fish is from the mouth of Ship Creek to a point 100 feet downstream of Chugach Power Plant. Tickets to participate are free, but a $20 donation to the Downtown Soup Kitchen is suggested.

Not a fisherman? No problem! Grab a drink or food at Bridge Seafood Restaurant to watch people fish all day!



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