Fishing Alaska’s Rivers

Fisherman’s Choice Charter fishes Alaska’s Little Susitna River and Knik River in Mat-Su Valley, an easy drive north of Anchorage. We start fishing Alaska’s Knik River in Mid-May for Alaskan King Salmon. The Knik River is about a 30 minute drive north of Anchorage, or 15 minutes from Wasilla.

The public boat launch access to the lower end of the Little Susitna River at Burma Landing is easily road accessible. To get there, one must travel about 17 miles from Wasilla on Knik-Goose Bay Road, then turn right on Point MacKenzie Road and follow the small blue boat launch signs at each intersection.

In early May we start fishing the Knik River for King Salmon. The Knik is the only river in Alaska’s Matanuska Valley that allows the use of salmon eggs for bait for part of the king salmon season.

Beginning in late June we start fishing for King Salmon on the Little Susitna River is the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game allow retention.  As the days progress, we also start picking up Sockeye Salmon, Silver Salmon and Chum Salmon along with the Kings.

The Talkeetna River has one of the strongest runs of all 5 species of salmon. The Talkeetna River is also famous for its abundance of Trophy Rainbows, Dollies and Arctic Grayling. Both the Deshka River and Talkeetna River are tributaries of the Big Susitna River which hosts the second largest run of migrating fish in the world.

There are also great hotels, camp grounds, cabins and B & B’s close by in both the towns of Palmer and Wasilla, Alaska. Just let us know and we would be happy to assist you in finding appropriate accommodations if needed.

As for the Alaska Salmon runs in the 2024 fishing season, they’re predicting another fair/good year of Alaska King Salmon, Alaska Silver Salmon and Alaska Sockeye Salmon. This should be decent fishing season for the Alaska Salmon Fishing Industry!