The following is courtesy of the Homer Chamber of Commerce:
HOMER, June 20, 2022 – The Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Winter King Salmon Tournament Committee are very pleased to announce that the 29th Annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
“We are excited that the tournament is returning to its original schedule of the third Saturday in March,” said Brad Anderson, Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “We surveyed our tournament anglers after this last tournament, and the overwhelming response was to move it back to March, its original month for the previous 26 years”.
Anderson said it was moved to April in 2021 due to COVID concerns and again for 2022 based on that record-breaking success. However, April is when fishing restrictions kick in and there are more conflicts with holidays and competing activities. “March is just the best overall fit for this tournament” according to Anderson.
The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament has now become the largest fishing tournament on the west coast. Homer’s large harbor and the beautiful ocean waters of Kachemak Bay make this the ideal setting to fish for these prized fish and have the chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money.
The 2022 tournament handed out over $218,000 in cash prizes plus thousands more in merchandise through prize drawings. Around 1,400 anglers participated in the tournament and 408 boats. The 2022 champion was 15-year-old Weston Marley with a fish weighing 27.38 pounds earning him $84,619 in total cash prizes including the team’s side tournament winnings.
Follow all the tournament news on the event website HomerWinterKing.com or the Homer Chamber’s website at HomerAlaska.org