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Fishing from shore in the Inlet
Posted by Michael Strahan on May 19 2005
Hi folks,

When I first moved to Anchorage in 1985, I wondered the same thing.  When spring came, I checked around and quickly discovered that fishing opportunities along the shores of Turnagain Arm or the Knik Arm (which divides at Anchorage) is not usually done.  The only place I've ever seen anyone fishing from shore is at the mouth of Bird Creek.  The mud in the Inlet is notoriously dangerous.  Just standing in one spot, you can gradually sink to the point that you cannot get your legs out.  When that happens, it's only a matter of time until the tide comes in and you drown.  It's happened to several people I know of in the last 20 years.

On the other hand, you can fish from shore in other areas.  I know of folks catching kings and halibut from shore in the Deep Creek / Anchor Point area in years past.  I haven't talked to anyone recently who has done this, but it sounds like a blast.  We used to troll for kings down that way and we were certainly within casting distance from shore, the water was shallow enough that we could see the bottom.

Check the regulations to make sure it's open and if it is, go for it!

-Mike

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