Don't leave Alaska without catching a KING!


Conveniently located in downtown Anchorage, The Bait Shack is Ship Creek's only bait and tackle shop with a full line of fly rods, spinning rods and casting rods available for rent. We also have waders, bait, tackle and are an authorized vendor for State of Alaska fishing licenses. 

Ship Creek fishing is perfect for visitors with limited time in Anchorage – especially those visiting on a cruise, conference attendees, business travelers, and tourists traveling across Alaska. We often have guests with only one day in Anchorage, and have seen novice fishermen catch a king salmon after just 15 minutes on the creek.

Of course, we also love catering to the local fishermen and the loyal Bait Shack following who have been fishing Ship Creek for decades. 

Whether you're a pro or novice fisherman, we have all your needs covered. Call or email us to book your Alaska fishing adventure today.

Tight lines and fish on!
Dustin Slinker
The Bait Shack




(907) 522-3474

212 West Whitney Road
North bank of Ship Creek
Anchorage, AK 99501

Hours MAY - AUG
Open 7 days a week
Mon-sat 10a–8p
Sun 10A-6P

***Closed on the 4th of July***

Ship Creek HOURS

May 15-July 13 6a–11p
July 14 24-hour fishing


Call (907) 522–3474 from 10a – 8p daily, or email



The Bait Shack at Ship Creek was founded in 2011 by U.S. Army veteran Dustin Slinker. A Bronze Star awardee and Purple Heart recipient, Dustin served as an Airborne Scout from 1998-2011.

An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, Dustin fell in love with Alaska when he was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in 2006.  

Between combat tours and his military training schedule, Dustin’s favorite escape was fishing the banks of Ship Creek. Only 10 minutes from his home in Anchorage, Dustin could conveniently dash to the creek at 6am, catch a king salmon, and make it home before most people in Anchorage had poured their first coffee.

Dustin grew up fishing in Indiana, casting his first line at age 4. His dream was to someday own a bait shop. When he saw the prospect of acquiring the Ship Creek bait shop right when he was thinking about transitioning out of the Army, it was the perfect opportunity to pursue his lifelong goal.

The shop has passed through several owners since 1993. Dustin approached the acquisition with an entrepreneurial spirit, developing a new business plan and creating a logo and brand for the shop, which he named, “The Bait Shack.” Dustin upgraded fishing equipment, tackle selection, and the shack itself. Dedicated to the Anchorage community as well as Alaska tourism, he became a member of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and Visit Anchorage.

Today, thousands of people from around the world visit The Bait Shack every summer. In addition to tourists, The Bait Shack has become a favorite of airline pilots and seasonal workers. Military service members have also become regulars at the Shack, and fishing with Dustin has become a new Alaska military tradition.


Here’s what people are saying about The Bait Shack!

Dustin is super helpful and knowledgeable, he always helps me with my set up. From the first day that I was at ship creek he’s been helping me catch fish. Would highly recommend!
— Hanna Choi — 5 star | July 29, 2018
This is the GO TO place for fishing Ship Creek. Bait and equipment rentals are at a reasonable price and he will even teach you what you need to know about fishing the ditch.
— Daniel Todd Smith — 5 Star | April 27, 2018
Visited The Bait Shack this weekend and received all the equipment I needed. We found a great spot to set up and caught two silvers the next morning. Dustin was very helpful and made our Alaska trip even better.
— Taylor Benson — 5 star | July 25, 2016