We start fishing Alaska’s Knik River or Little Susitna River, pending Alaska Department of fish & game regulations, in Mid-May for Alaskan King Salmon. Alaska’s Little Susitna River is a 90 minute drive north of Anchorage, or 45 minutes from Wasilla. It’s a wonderfully scenic drive.
The boat access to the lower end of the Little Susitna River at Burma Landing, the public boat launch, is easily road accessible. To get there one must travel about 17 miles from Wasilla on Kink-Goose Bay Road, then turn right on Pt. MacKenzie Road and follow the small blue boat launch signs at each intersection.
An escapement of 3,659 for Alaska Chinook Salmon (King Salmon), 4,226 Alaska Silver Salmon (Coho Salmon), and 9,008 Alaska Pink Salmon passed through the weir on the Little Susitna River, across the inlet from Anchorage, Alaska. The Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon) run count was at 21,806 for 2022. The Alaska Sockeye Salmon run on the Little Susitna River just north of Wasilla, Alaska, was at 1,366 fish thanks to the poor management of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. Alaska Fish and Game counted Alaska Salmon on the Matanuska-Susitna Valley’s (Mat-Su Valley’s) Little Susitna River, from April 30th through September 3, 2022.
As for the Alaska Salmon runs in the 2023 fishing season, they’re predicting a poor year of Alaska King Salmon, a good/great year of Alaska Silver Salmon and Alaska Sockeye Salmon. This should be decent fishing season for the Alaska Salmon Fishing Industry!