Fishing in the winter? As cold and absurd as it sounds, it’s actually a great opportunity to catch large and tasty fish.
Other than halibut, winter kings are an anglers most sought after fish during the colder months. Because of the rich oils and fatty meat of the winter “feeder” kings, this makes it as tasty of a fish as it is exhilarating to catch. They’ve been dubbed “feeder” kings because they are not yet mature, not yet ready to return to the river of their birth to spawn. So, they feed voraciously and pretty much non-stop on whatever prey (candlefish, herring, squid, hooligan, etc.) they can catch. These king salmon on average range between 10- to 20 pounds and can put up quite the fight. The primary method for catching kings is to troll using downriggers, flashers and bait, most commonly used bait is herring.
If you have fished for salmon during the summer months in Alaska, you may know and can recall the crowds it draws and how busy it is. This is a great reason why fishing in the winter can be an even more delightful experience. No lines, no crowds, and only a few other boats in the water—that means more fish to catch. Homer winter king fishing is abundant year round and their size gets larger as the spring progresses, and as a result the Homer Winter King Tournament is held in March, as the kings have had a chance to feed all winter and grow. This one-day tournament draws only about 1,000 fishermen annually (continually increasing in attendance), awarding tens of thousands of dollars in prizes for the largest kings caught. The latest winner won $72,000 for her 26-pound white winter king! Opportunities like these are what makes Alaska so unique for anglers.