Almost $170,000 In Prize Money Awarded At Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament

Chris Keithley, with a fish weighing 25.96 pounds, won Saturday’s Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. Photo by Misty Kincaid Photography

The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament was held Saturday and staged a great event. Here’s the press release along with some additional photos:


HOMER, March 25, 2024 – The Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Winter King Salmon Tournament Committee are very pleased to announce that the 30th Annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held on Saturday, March 23rd, handed out an estimated $169,780 in prize money along with merchandise prizes worth over $25,000. In celebration of the tournament’s 30th anniversary, a new championship trophy was introduced, designed, and built by Bay Weld Boats. It will live in infamy at the Homer Chamber’s Visitor Center and feature the tournament champion’s names.  This year’s tournament had 1,059 anglers and 302 boats that participated in the tournament. 

The top-place angler was Chris Keithley, with a fish weighing 25.96 pounds. The unofficial results show that he will earn $72,291.50 in cash prizes, including the team’s Side Tournament winnings. Chris’s fish was also a white king, so he received an additional merchandise prize bucket, and he was the team’s captain so he received the John Hillstrand Award, including another prize bucket. In total, his prize buckets were worth $1,718 in merchandise prizes.  This year’s Youth Prize winner was 11-year-old Oslo Teigen with an 11.98 pound King.  Here is a summary of the winning anglers:

Photo by Christopher Kincaid Photography
1st Chris Keighley25.96$30,182$45,110
2ndBruce Graham25.56$15,885$3,477
3rdLuke Graham23.74$12,708
4thEric Fan21.26$11,120$1,089
5thJosh Burns19.44$9,531
6thMike Maxon17.64$7,943
7thJames Weimer16.44$6,354
8thSkylar Scheid16.42$4,766
9thArthur York16.28$3,177
10thJason Heintz16.08$1,589

A complete list of the official results can be found at  

The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is the premier fishing tournament in Alaska and likely the biggest on the West Coast. The new tournament area by the Homer Deep Water Dock is the perfect setting to showcase Homer Harbor and the beautiful ocean waters of Kachemak Bay. Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska provided the official tournament boat, keeping an eye on the anglers to make sure they were operating safely and adhering to tournament rules. 

Many local businesses and over 50 volunteers helped make this monumental event happen.  A very special thanks to Co-Presenting Sponsors Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware and Honda Marine.  The Weigh In Sponsor was the UPS Store, plus Event Sponsors Homer Port & Harbor, NOMAR, Alaska Peninsula Plumbing & Mechanical, Cosmic Cannabis Company, Coal Point Seafoods, Collins Excavating, Dibble Creek Rock, Moore & Moore Services, Captain’s Coffee, L&R Rental, Alaskan Brewing Company  RNDC Distributing, Grace Ridge Brewing, Smokey Bay Air, Horizon Satellite, Global Credit Union, Driftwood Inn, First National Bank, Doyon, Farwest General Contracting, Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops, Story Real Estate, and Homer Bed & Breakfast Association. 

For a complete summary of the tournament results, please visit or the Homer Chamber of Commerce website at