2016 Winter King Salmon Tournament Top Three Winners
Photos courtesy of Jim Lavrakas / Far North Photography
2016 Winter King Tournament Champion Eric Holland of Homer, winning $31,668 with a 26.45 lb King!
The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is the premier fishing tournament of Alaska. Every March anglers take to the waters of Kachemak Bay in search of King Salmon. The one-day tournament awards tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to the largest kings caught. In 2016 over 1500 fisherman and 480 boats competed.
There are additional opportunities for side bets, prizes offered every hour of the tournament. After the fishing lines are pulled from the water join the festivities at the weigh in located at Coal Point on the Homer Spit. Join us for music, food, beer, and big fish!
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2016 Winter King Tournament Champion - Eric Holland of Homer, AK winning $31,668 with a 26.45 lb King!
The 23rd Annual Homer Winter King Tournament on Saturday, March 19th was a great success. The tournament broke the previous record of 1,321 anglers in 2015 with 1,508 anglers.
There has been a steady increase in participation in the Tournament. For instance, in 2014 there were 270 boats, 202 fish landed and 906 anglers. The last two years the unseasonably warm weather and lots of fish in the Bay have brought more and more people out to fish. The payout has also increased for the top ten winners going from $67,950 in 2014 to this year's payout in cash prizes of $113,100.
The eleventh through twentieth place winners shared in merchandise worth over $10,000. The Boat Side Bet payout totaled $60,112.50 and Skunk Bets $6,487.50, with a total payout in all categories over $180,250.
A special part of the tournament is the merchandise prize give-away that takes place every ten minutes over the VHF radio. Every angler in the tournament is automatically entered into this random drawing. Merchandise prizes were generously donated by a hundred businesses.
Thanks to all our participants, volunteers and supporters!
Experience what it is like to participate in the Winter King Salmon Tournament and win first place. Big thanks to Mike Olsen of Kodiak, winner of the 2015 Winter King Salmon Tournament for sharing his video.