Deshka River | Little Susitna River | Big Susitna Tributaries
There are many productive fishing streams in the Mat-Su Valley, but the two we fish primarily are the Deshka River and Little Susitna River also known as the Little Su. Both just happen to be smack dab in the middle of our back yard. I just have to say, “Man do we have an AWESOME back yard!”
These two rivers are among the best fisheries that Alaska has to offer and both are just minutes from Wasilla, Alaska where we live. The Deshka and Little Susitna ( little su ) have very productive runs of king (chinook) salmon, silver (coho) salmon, as well as reds, chums, and pink salmon. The Mat-Su Valley is also host to other great salmon fishing and trout fishing streams that we also love to fish, which give us the wonderful opprotunity to catch wild Alaska salmon and native rainbow trout right here in our “own backyard.”
We also fish several other of the tributaries of the Big Susitna Drainage which provide good alternate fishing opportunities at certain times of the season.
The Deshka River
We love to fish the Deshka River and we would love to be your Deshka Fishing Guides. We begin our charters to this river at the Deshka Landing located in Willow, Alaska. It’s a short 45-minute drive north of Wasilla, Alaska and a scenic 90-minute north from Anchorage. From the boat launch it’s a short 15 minute ride down the Big Susitna River to the mouth of the Deshka where the fun begins. We often fish the mouth in the early season and gradually move up as the fish migrate farther upstream. For the most part we fish the lower 7 miles of the river from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game weir downstream however we do fish above the weir regularly.
The Little Susitna River
We love fishing the Little-Su and we would love to be your Little Susitna Fishing Guides. We begin our charters on this river at the Little Susitna Boat Launch (Burma Rd). It’s a short 45-minute drive north of Wasilla and a scenic 90-minute north from Anchorage. Normally we fish within 10 miles up or down stream from there on the lower part of the river. We often fish downstream toward the mouth in the early season and gradually move up as the fish migrate farther upstream.