Willow Creek, Alaska Fishing
Willow Creek, Alaska Fishing
If you fish the Parks Highway during the salmon seasons, you have to fish Willow Creek. Although it can be quite crowded during the peak of the king salmon run, anyone who wants to catch a king can do it here at Willow. It also offers great fishing for silvers, chums, and pinks. Rainbow trout and grayling are present in the system when the salmon are in and the fishing only improves for these fish through September!
Accomodations Rating: Nice! You have two options at the confluence: Pay $10 per night for paved RV or tent camping, or $5 day use (dirt parking per 12 hours). Primitive Restrooms and Trash Service.
Access: Easy. Just a couple hundred yard hike via maintained pathways provides access to either the Willow Creek Slough or to the Mouth of Willow Creek where it joins the Susitna River.
Fishing Techniques: Wide Variety.
Crowds: Light to Extreme. If you fish this area prior to the fishery turning weekend only (Fridays at midnight to Mondays at midnight) from about the 10th of June until the following weekend, the crowds will be light - especially during the week and it is possible to catch a reasonable number of kings per day (5 to 10 kings per day in our experiences). During the three day weekend fishing, the crowds will be extreme and if you are in the right spots using the right techniques, 20 kings per day is possible, but the fishing will be crowded.
WILLOW CREEK, ALASKA FISH AND FISHING RATINGS:
King Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Rating: MUST FISH! In our opinion (and many others) Willow Creek offers some of the best king salmon fishing in the world! Fishing Techniques: Drift fishing corkies and hooks is the primary method for fishing the lower hole closest to the confluence (click for rig set-up). It is possible to fish weighted flies in this area. The slough is best fished with spinners and spoons.
Silver Samon (Coho) Fishing Rating: Good to Outstanding. During the first half of August, silvers offer great action at the mouth of Willow Creek. Fishing Techniques: Spinners and spoons, flies, and fishing eggs.
Pink Samon Fishing Rating: Good to Outstanding. During even numbered years ie., (2008, 2010, 2012) pinks arrive in good numbers just ahead of the silvers. Fishing Technique: Casting spinners and spoons such as pixies, blue fox, or vibrax is the most effective technique for pinks.
Chum Salmon Fishing Rating: Good to Outstanding. Chum salmon arrive just ahead of the silvers and offer good fishing. Fishing Techniques: Small flies and eggs are the most effective techniques. Some chum are also caught using spinners and spoons.
Rainbow Trout Fishing Rating: Good. Rainbows are present in Willow Creek while the salmon are in, but the best fishing occurs late in August and September.
Grayling Fishing Rating: Good. Grayling are present in Willow Creek while the salmon are in, but the best fishing occurs late in August and September.
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