FAQ's 2018 Winter King Tournament
Online registration opens February 19, 2018 at www.HomerWinterKing.com
What You Need to Know
What is a Boat Side Bet: Boat side bets are a way to increase your winnings if someone on your boat catches “A BIG ONE”. If you enter any of the $25 through $500 boat side bet categories, you are betting that someone on your boat will catch the biggest king out of every other boat entered in that category. REMINDER: all individuals on board the boat must be registered in the Tournament.
Awarding of Prizes: Top 20 unofficial results will be announced immediately following weigh-in at the awards party. Official results and boat side bets will be announced the Monday following the Tournament, after results have been certified by the Winter King Salmon Tournament Committee. IRS regulations require gambling winnings to be reported by the Chamber of Commerce. Individuals may be taxed on their winnings.
Fishing Rules Enforcement: Report any violation of tournament rules to the Homer Chamber of Commerce. If someone is breaking ADF&G or Coast Guard rules, contact the state enforcement office at 235-8239. The dispatcher will immediately contact the troopers on the water. The Alaska State Troopers Patrol Boat will be on the water all day.
Fish and Game Regulations: If you are 16 or older, you must have a 2018 sport fishing license or an Alaska Department of Fish and Game permanent ID (PID) card. You must have a king salmon stamp if you are an Alaska resident between the ages of 16 and 59 or you are a non-resident 16 or older.
ANNUAL LIMIT, HARVEST RECORDING REQUIREMENT: Bag limit between Bluff Point, north to the Anchor Point Light has been increased to two king salmon of any size with no recording requirement prior to April 1. Therefore, within the boundaries of the Tournament, the daily bag and possession limits for kings are two per day. If you intend to release a king salmon 20 inches or longer you may not remove it from the water. A king salmon 20 inches or longer, removed from the water must be retained and becomes part of the bag limit of the person originally hooking it.
This is not a comprehensive list of the sport fishing regulations and you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the sport fishing regulations for the waters you intend to fish - consult the 2016 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary for a complete listing of the sport fishing regulations pertaining to this area. The 2017 Sport Fishing Regulations Summary will not be available until mid-April.
Alaska Boating Safety Law: Just a friendly reminder about the importance of safe boating during the salmon tournament this year! If you have questions or would like to set up a vessel safety check, contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Examiner in your area Homer: 299-0232 or 299-6150. Soldotna/Kenai/Nikiski: 776-8457 or 398-6548. Anchorage: 349-7903.
You are required to meet U. S. Coast Guard safety equipment regulations and requirements.
For a complete copy of Alaska’s Boating Safety law, access the link www.alaskaboatingsafety.org or contact AK Boating Law Administrator at (907) 269-8705.
QUESTIONS? Tournament Headquarters: 235-7740 (Monday thru Friday) or 399-7477 (March 24th)
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be open:
Saturday, TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS is at Coal Point Trading which opens at 6am