With the ice starting to break and the harbor opening up, Homer charter boats are prepping for one of the biggest fishing days in Homer- The Annual Winter King Fishing Tournament! As March 18th approaches, the excitement and anticipation bring crowds and avid anglers every season to our quaint little harbor town to get their boats out early and gear prepped! If you’re like us, you know this day marks the start of our fishy Alaskan Summer!
With 2023 being the tournament’s 29th year, this has grown to become an Alaskan tradition! This one-day tournament not only attracts roughly 1,500 anglers, but it also offers big bucks for prizes and awards! In 2019, the tournament produced over $72K in prizes and side-bets! For more information or to sign up, you can visit our local chamber here: Homer Chamber of Commerce.
For us at D&G Charters, our vessels begin the fishing season on our annual Halibut opener- February 1st! However, living in Alaska year-round means we work to keep busy and fishing as much as the weather allows for helps the cold days pass! If you’re like most, this is what Spring in Homer, Alaska is all about! As with all of our trips offered, we provide the following for Winter King Fishing:
- 6-Passenger Vessels: M/V Snowgoose II and M/V Sweet T
- USCG Captain
- All Safety Equipment
- All Fishing Gear + Bait
- Heated Cabin
- Restrooms on board
- Spacious + Comfortable Fishing Deck
- Filleting Catch
Annual King Salmons runs vary every season and being on the water early gives our team the chance to explore success rates and migration patterns. Additionally, another perk to early King Salmon runs are the increased chances of retaining a White King Salmon! This rare breed is migrating back to one of two rivers in Canada to spawn during this time and catching one is a thrill in itself! If you’re an avid angler, like us, this is a trip you’ll want to experience!
For more information on booking your Winter King spot, check below: