King salmon start running up Ship Creek, which his certainly a sign of summer eager anglers hoping to land a big catch.

Ship Creek is Anchorage’s urban fishery and boasts annual returns of hatchery-reared kings each summer as well as silvers and pinks.

The Bait Shack owner Dustin Slinker said the first Ship Creek king was caught on Wednesday by Jimmy Vue, whose brother caught the Ship Creek King of the season last year.

Slinker posted a video of the catch on social media. He says word is spreading fast and it wont be long before combat fishing takes over.

Last year, Slinker said runs were a little slow but this year he’s optimistic that plenty of people will land Ship Creek kings.

“It’s just the start. It’s still a little early. We haven’t seen any big numbers of fish come in yet,” Slinker said.  “Any day now, any tide, there are going to be a big group of fish that come in here and we’ll see a lot of happy anglers.”

This weekend is the annual Ship Creek Cleanup. The Slammin Salmon Derby kicks off on June 14, with a special youth fishing day on June 15.

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