Willow CreekOne of the hottest fishing destinations in the Mat Su Valley is Willow Creek. Easily accessible for roadside anglers, rafters and boaters alike; Willow Creek boasts prime salmon fishing and great fishing for rainbows and grayling.
The upper stretch of Willow is closed to salmon fishing from Deception Creek to the canyon, but offers great rainbow and grayling catch and release fishing, with rainbows up to 28 inches patrolling these waters.
The Willow salmon runs are some of the healthiest in Southcentral Alaska. The king runs are especially large since there are both wild and hatchery fish in the runs. Trophy kings are not uncommon in Willow Creek with their peak run coming between mid June and the first week in July. To catch your Willow salmon you will need spinners and attractors in your tackle box. If you prefer to fly fish for your king, expect them to attack most of the popular patterns.
Mid July marks the beginning of the pink salmon run in Willow. Pinks love spinners, spoons and a range of flies.
The month of August brings the silver salmon peak to Willow Creek. You can most likely catch your silver with flies above the mouth in the mainstream.
For traditional fishing for the silvers, spoons, spinners and bait (once legal) are all good choices.
Be sure to check the latest updates to regulations at Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Willow Creek has nearby camping, dining, and fishing guides. Stop in and see the knowledgeable folks at 3 Rivers Fly & Tackle too at their Willow location for all your gear needs.