Rescheduled Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament Awards $132,000 In Prizes

After a weather issue posptponed the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament by one week, the tournament held a successful event on Saturday. Here’s the press release from the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center:


The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament top three winners: From left to right: Gail Bilyue, Alivia Erickson, Dakota Alward.  Photo Credit, LB Photography

HOMER, March 27, 2023 – 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 held on Saturday, March 25th handed out an estimated $132,129 in prize money along with a record amount of merchandise prizes worth over $31,000, more than double the number of prizes over last year’s tournament. This year, the tournament returned to its original March timeframe after shifting to April for the last two tournaments. Originally scheduled for March 18, it was postponed for one week due to weather conditions.

This year’s tournament had 818 anglers and 273 boats that participated in the tournament. The top-place angler Gail Bilyue with a fish weighing 26.12 pounds. The unofficial results are currently showing that he will earn $62,036 in total cash prizes including the team’s Side Tournament winnings. This year’s Youth Prize winner was 9-year-old Liam Carney with a 16.54 pound king. Third-place finisher Dakota Alward had the largest white king which earned him an additional prize package. Here is a summary of the winning anglers:

1Gail Bilyeu26.12$23,313$38,723
2Alivia Erickson23.36$12,270$10,140
3Dakota Alward23.12$9,816
4Paul Ostrander22.98$8,589

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5 Dan Dahlen 21.86 $7,362

6Bo Calhoun21.70$6,135
7Joseph Inglis20.68$4,908$1,820
8Brianna Bahl20.32$3,681
9James Thompson19.52$2,454
10Jason Kinnard18.961,227

Anglers who finished in 11-20th place received big prize packages. 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 the 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 record setting event happen. A very special thanks to Presenting Sponsors Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware and Weigh In Sponsor UPS Store, plus Event Sponsors Homer Port & Harbor, Muslow & Agnew Group, LLC, Alaska Peninsula Plumbing & Mechanical, Cosmic Cannabis Company, Collins Excavating, Dibble Creek Rock, Moore & Moore Services, Captain’s Coffee, L&R Rental, Alaskan Brewing Company and K&L Distributing.

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