Mat-Su: An OverviewWelcome to the Matanuska - Susitna valley. Commonly referred to as "the Valley" by Southcentral Alaska's locals, the Mat-Su encompasses 23,000 square miles of magnificent scenery and some of the best fishing in southcentral Alaska. The region has 88 streams known to contain spawning populations of Chinook salmon alone.
The Mat-Su Valley is named after two of the area rivers, the Matanuska River and the Susitna River. From the Susitna to the Deshka, Yentna, Talachulitna, Little Su and Skwentna rivers to the many named and unnamed creeks and tributaries, you will find everything from trophy kings to rainbow trout to grayling. The cities of Palmer and Wasilla make up the biggest roadside cities of the Mat-Su Valley, while Talkeetna and Willow offer up rich history, vast mountain ranges and accessibility. Whether you like the easy-to-get-to spots or the out-of-the way locations, you can find them here in the Valley. Centrally located between Anchorage and Denali National Park, its easy to access from all over Alaska. Temperatures range from an average summer high of 68° to an average winter low of 20° F in the area.
The Mat-Su offers anglers many choices with its many fisheries. You can find everything from remote fly-in fishing to float trips, to lodges, guide services and roadside fishing.
Many anglers flock to the valley since it is close to major towns and an easy and affordable day trip.
Before you head to the Mat-Su for your angling adventure, be sure to check the regulations for your fishing destination and fishery. The most recent updates are published on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website, where you can also find the "Southcentral Alaska Regulations Summary".