It may seem like a long way off, but March 22, 2014 is the 21st annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. The only one-day winter king tournament in the state, Homer’s Kachemak Bay thrives with these feeder kings that come north from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest rivers to feed in bait-rich waters. Because they’re nowhere close to spawning, these kings are super fatty, and a great grilling fish.
The 2013 Tournament saw 732 anglers on 206 boats catch 162 fish. Leszek Kuligowski of Anchorage won with a 35.1 lbs. salmon. He took home $15,372 for his winning fish and another $21,375 in Side Boat Bets. Total cash prizes were a whopping $91,487.
Keep your boats clear of snow and come down to Homer for the weekend. The Port of Homer generously donates a free launch and harbor overnight moorage. Also included in your $100 entry fee is a beer and chowder during the awards ceremonies. New this year: a shortened awards event, and closed circuit video feed of the weight-in.
Homer residents are excited to put together one of the best fishing events of the year. More details available in January by going to www.homerwinterking.com
Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center