The Susitna River Drainage is the primary river system that flows into upper Cook Inlet. It's a long, winding river system comprised of a myriad of tributaries that flow from deep within interior Alaska. Most of the waterways offer excellent fishing. The smaller rivers, which flow into the Susitna River, provide fishing opportunities both upstream and at their confluences. There are also numerous lakes which are stocked by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
This confluence is one of the most popular fisheries in South Central Alaska. Located about 60 miles north of Anchorage on the Parks Highway, it offers excellent fishing for four of the major salmon species: kings, silvers, chums and pinks. It also features big rainbows (up to 30 inches) and Dolly Varden, as well as Arctic Grayling. You’ll also find, in small numbers, burbot and whitefish.
When silver salmon are running up Montana Creek by the thousands, fishermen are running up the Parks Highway by the hundreds to go “combat fishing.” They stand elbow to elbow along the creek, casting their lines and catching everything from fish to coat sleeves. Up and down the creek, you can hear people holler “Fish on!”