Mat-Su Valley - Parks Highway
Chum Salmon in Early August
Montana Creek is located two hours north of Anchorage. It is a popular location which has both public, and private access. The creek is excellent for both trout and salmon fishing. The creek receives four different species of salmon, depending on the time of the year. The King fishing in Montana Creek can really be a memorable time. If one chooses to endure the rigors of "Combat Fishing" you may be rewarded with a prized trophy fish. Lots of folks use hardware in the Susitna River just past the mouth of the creek you can also try drifing corkies and yarn in the creek. We like visiting this location in early August armed with fly rods, when pink & chum salmon will be abundant.
Classic Sunshine Creek Coho
Sunshine Creek is an extremely productive spot along the Parks Highway. The tributary hosts all five species of salmon and some resident species also (rainbow trout / burbot/ dolly varden). We really like this location for coho in late July and early August. Flyfishing equipment and techniques can be used, most locals use bait (roe), We really enjoy using hardware (large in-line spinners) & sight fishing techniques. Visit this place during the week to avoid the crowds, and make sure you have hip boats or waders when its raining.
King Salmon Harvest
Sheep Creek is a great location where you can also fish for four different species of salmon and some resident species like rainbow trout and arctic grayling. There are two popular access locations, the Parks Highway crossing over the creek and another which is a State Campround area near the mouth of the creek. We primarly like this location for king salmon. Fishing pressure can be quite intense during the height of the season, but patience will pay off. The patient angler could be rewarded with a near record size fish. Dennis caught his largest harvested king salmon (62lbs) from this location in 2003.
Sockeye on a Spinner
Jim Creek is a popular fishery in close to Palmer, Alaska. Also known as Circus Creek in this group of fisherman, it’s often associated with loud ATV’s, Dirt Bikes, and loud trucks that scream around the miles of dirt that surround this creek. To access this place, you must drive down approximately 1.5 miles of rugged trail to reach the creek. Jim Creek receives a good run of Sockeye Salmon, but it is best known for its Silver Salmon run. With its close proximity to the big city, it makes it a popular place for fisherman and motorists alike. Don’t let the crowds turn you away, this place produces some great salmon to fill your freezer with. One Jedi even caught his first Red Salmon on an inline spinner while fishing this place.
Fly Rods rule this Small Stream
Fish Creek is another popular fishing destination in the Valley. Located along the Knik-Goose Bay Road, the close proximity to Wasilla make this an easy destination for all fisherman. The little creek averages approximately 40ft in width and is gin clear as it drains the famous Big Lake system. Recent Salmon runs have rebounded in the past couple of years, opening this creek back up to sport fisherman and dipnetters alike. This creek receives all five species of Salmon, most often only opening in the fall months for the abundant Silver and Sockeye Salmon. With the main creek being gin clean, this makes this system an optimum place to sight fish for salmon. A flyrod rules here, with a precision cast you should be able to hook into an ocean-bright fish that will take you for a fun ride downstream. To ensure fish for the future generations of fisherman, this fishery has strict restrictions on when you can fish the system, be sure to check the current regulations.
Chrome Sockeye from Larson Creek
Public access to Larson Creek can only be done three ways, boat, atv, or by foot. Half the fun of fishing this location is getting there. We choose to ride our ATV's on the 8 mile trail too access the very productive fishing hole, which is at the mouth of the creek. Lots of thick mud, deep ruts, steep cliffs, and when you get to the end of the trail, its fish ON! Sockeye salmon can be had in late July til mid August. Check emergency orders before you leave, This fishery sometimes gets closed because of escapement issues. One of favorites in the Valley!
The Little Su
Dark Old Boot
The Little Susitna River, otherwise known as the Little Su, is a well traveled river located in the Susitna Valley. The river hosts all five species of Pacific Salmon as well as resident species of Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. The easy access of this river makes it a popular spot for all sport fishermen in the valley, as well as Anchorage. Although being best known as a river to access via boat, this river definitely boasts some excellent spots that can be accessed via foot. There are two places to do so, one being Burma Landing closer to the mouth, as well as one that is located at the Parks Highway. King Salmon are the primary target for these slayers as the King Salmon make their way into this river in late May and early June. This river also hosts one of the best Silver Salmon runs this valley has to offer, with the peak of the Silver occurring during the first week of August. Although a huge feat, it is not unheard of to catch all five species of Salmon in one day on this river.