The Annual Slammin' Salmon Derby Kicks Off

Anglers looking to compete for something more than just bragging rights will have the opportunity during the annual Slammin' Salmon Derby going on now at Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage. File photo, Alaska Superstation ABC®.

by Jamey Kirk

Large numbers of fisherman are starting to rub elbows at Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage as the annual Slammin' Salmon Derby kicks off. Any anglers looking to participate can still get in on the action by purchasing a ticket and dropping their line before the final day of the derby.

Derby participants will have the chance to fish for a number of tagged king salmon in the creek, and lucky anglers may walk away with a sizeable cash prize.

So far the derby has seen a $2,500 and a $1,100 fish dropped into the water.

According to derby organizers, every year someone ends up catching a tagged fish, who has failed to purchase a derby ticket.

"You know it's almost like a carnival atmosphere when it really gets going, you have tourist up on the wall on the bridge taking pictures of the fishermen in the water, it's just, it's a fun event to take part in," said David Williams a two-time derby participant.

The derby will run through Sunday giving many the opportunity to find a great father's day gift.