Fishing Downtown in Alaska’s Largest City

by Janis on June 3, 2012

We were in Anchorage, Alaska for the Memorial Day weekend at the end of May. Although there the weather was a little overcast and rainy, there was excitement in the city for fishermen since the salmon where running in Ship Creek, a stream that runs right through downtown Anchorage.

With the Hilton Hotel in the background, locals and visitors enjoy salmon fishing in downtown Anchorage.

Salmon Fishing In Downtown Anchorage

Most visitors to Alaska start or end their trip in Anchorage, the state’s largest city. If you are heading to Anchorage this summer, it’s easy to get in on the fishing action, right the heart of downtown.

Ship Creek is stocked with fish from the new William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Elmendorf Air Force Base.  The hatchery is named for a solider that began the fish hatchery program in the 1950s. Read more about Hernandez’s story here.


Convenient Fishing Equipment Rentals Nearby

The Bait Shack rents fishing equipment on the shore of Ship Creek near the rail terminal.

The Bait Shack offers fishing rentals, bait and tackle …. everything you need to fish.

Rules are posted outside. Don’t pull a salmon out of the water if you don’t intend to keep it.

There’s even a table for cleaning your catch.

If you would rather eat fish than catch them, the building spanning the river is home to Bridge Seafood, a popular Anchorage restaurant that spans the fishing stream.


Also nearby is the Ulu Factory, with a free trolley shuttle from the Visit Anchorage Log Cabin and Information Center on F Street at Forth Avenue.


While Mr. Jones’ favorite Alaska fishing spot is on the Kenai River, fishing in downtown Anchorage gives short-term  visitors and business people on their lunch break a chance to hook their Alaska salmon.

Where’s your favorite fishing hole?

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