Ever dreamed of landing a tournament-winning Alaska king salmon? Make it happen at Waterfall Resort, where the King of Kings Salmon Tournament is a highlight of the fishing season. Go for “King of the Day” or “King of Kings.” Prizes are awarded for the king catch of the day, the week, the month, and the season, and include tournament caps, fishing gear, return trips to Waterfall Resort, and cash prizes. Pictured above, entrant Dave Wood, who took second place in 2017 with his 46.6-pounder.

This annual contest is available only to Waterfall Resort guests, and we’re happy to include your tournament ticket when you make your reservations. Tickets are $95 per entrant; to participate, contact us at 800-544-5125.

You can check out all of our 2024 King of the Day catches HERE. Or sign up to receive SMS daily KOD updates on the winners sent straight to your phone. 

2024 King of the Day Leaderboard

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 6/19 Neal Busiman 48.3 Summit, NJ
2nd 7/1 Robert Konoske 37.9 College Grove, TN
3rd 6/24 Isla Dowst 36.9 Marlow, NH
4th 6/22 Frank Martinez 36 Tucson, AZ
5th 6/30 Spencer Vernon 34.8 Tustin, CA
6th 7/14 Josh Kirk 33.9 Madera, CA
7th 7/15 Armando Soto 33.5 Lemoore, CA
8th 6/29 Ron Hall 32.8 San diego, CA
9th 6/10 Jeremiah Seely 32.3 Lehi, UT
10th 7/11 Erick Beyer 31.1 Las Vegas, NV
11th 6/9 Morgan Webb 30.7 Bloomington, MN
12th 6/12 Jeremy Dutson 29.2 Midvale, UT
13th 6/21 Jim Buisman 29.1 Siletz, OR
14th 7/9 James Sciano 28.1 San Antonio, TX
15th 6/14 Luis Flores 28 Fremont, CA
16th 7/10 Robert Morton 28 Henderson, NV
17th 7/12 Gianluca Campanile 27.5 Lake Worth, FL
18th 7/5 Bob Hogan 27.2 Oro Valley, AZ
19th 6/8 Dylan Eads  26.9 San Clemente, CA
20th 6/25 David Collmann 26.7 Austin, TX
21st 6/20 Nick Biasetti 25.7 San Diego, CA
22nd 6/16 Jon Giilbert 25.6 Seattle, WA
23rd 6/13 Brian Murkowski 25.3 Anchorage, AK
24th 6/28 Ron Hall 24.8 San Diego, CA
25th 6/18 Bob Mancini 24.3 Madison, CA
26th 7/16 Gary Kanemura 23.9 Lodi, CA
27th 6/23 Jerry Castano 23.6 Queen Creek, AZ
28th 6/27 John Morgan  23.2 Anacortes, WA
29th 7/2 Scott Horton 23.1 Cumming, GA
30th 7/7 Kaleb Bello 23.1 Kihei, HI
31st 6/7 Kevin Slosman 22.4 Carmel, IN
32nd 7/4 Riley Horton 22.2 Cumming, GA
33rd 6/17 Jim Risher 22 Huntington Beach, CA
34th 7/8 Cameron Hughly 21.3 Lakeway, TX
35th 7/6 James Ludka 20.5 Torrance, CA
36th 6/6 Dennis Kiernan 20.1 Windsor, CA
37th 7/13 John Poppy 19.8 Newport Beach, CA
38th 6/26 Eric Driggers 19.6 Bainbridge, WA
39th 6/11 James Lee 19.2 Santa Barbara, CA
40th 6/15 Mikol Millie 19.1 Milville, CA
41st 7/3 Patrick Horton 18.1 Surprise, AZ
42nd 6/5 Aaron Richards 16.7 Flagstaff, AZ



Grand Prize

All King of the Day winners qualify for the Grand Prize Ford F-150 Truck

King of Kings

The largest king salmon of the season lands the angler a cash prize of $10,000.

Silver of the Month

Catch the largest silver salmon for the month of June, July, or August and win a cash prize of $2,500.

King of the Week

The largest king salmon caught each week wins the angler a three-night fishing trip for one person at Waterfall Resort in 2023.

King of the Day

Land the largest king salmon of the day and win a King of the Day hat, awarded at dinner that evening. Every time you win this prize, you also earn an entry for the Grand Prize drawing.

Prize list provided as an example only; prizes subject to change.


2023 King of the Day Leaderboard

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 7/15 Dave Faccio 53.6 Tempe, AZ
2nd 7/21 Rod Riddle 45.5 Yuba City, CA
3rd 6/30 Dan Fink 40.5 Pleasant Hill, CA
4th 8/11 Ryan Anderson 39.1 Snoqualmie, WA
5th 7/21 Art Fink 36.8 Hayward, CA
6th 6/21 Lance Ballew 35.8 Wenatchee, WA
7th 6/25 Robert Sencer 35.4 Magnolia, TX
8th 7/23 Mike Bolen 35.1 Newport Beach, CA
9th 8/4 Thomas Fortune 34.2 South Jordan, UT
10th 7/23 David Kang 33.8 San Clemente, 

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2022 King of the Day Leaderboard

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown



Kaz Kanemura


Elk Grove, CA



Ara Goll


Henderson, NV



Nelson Wheeler


Scottsdale, AZ



Lloyd Bolton


Featherville, ID



Tom Williams


Riverhead, NY



Valerie Holloway


Ripon, CA



Richard DeFrank


Huntington Beach, CA



Dave Wood


Waterford, CA



Kyle Dylewski


Costa Mesa, CA



Haley Bolen


Newport Beach, CA

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2021 Top 10 King of the Day Winners

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 19-Jul Jeff Walker 50.2 Cardiff by the Sea, CA
2nd 13-Jul Mark Hallam  46 Prospect, KY
3rd 21-Jul Connor McShane  44.2 Commerce, MI
4th 22-Jul Nick Simons  42 Reno, NV
5th 17-Jul Dane Lucas 41.4 Seattle, WA
6th 2-Jul Jerzy Poprawa 41.3 Scottsdale, AZ
7th 24-Jul Jud Heflin 39.3 Colleyville, TX
8th 3-Jul Eric Driggers 38.3 Bainbridge Island, WA
9th 8-Jul Kaelan Brennan 37.4 Albuquerque, NM
10th 27-Jul Scott Karpinen 37 Granite Bay, CA

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2020 Top 10 King of the Day Winners

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 7/28  Jerzy Porawa 46.4 Scottsdale, AZ
2nd 8/02  Jason Perkins 45.6 Irvine, CA
3rd 8/06 Larry Shurtliff 45.1 Gunlock, UT
4th 7/24  Mark Burch 42.2 Lincoln, NE
5th 7/18  Bob Britt Sr. 42.1 Vancouver, WA
6th 7/21  John Solis 40.6 Signal Hill, CA
7th 7/27  Bryce Faliskie 39.9 Denver, CO
8th 8/04  John Morgan 39.4 Mazama, WA
9th 7/13  Jim Daniel 39.2 Foothill Ranch, CA
10th 7/24  Brent Mournahan 39.1 Ooltewah, TN

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2019 Top 10 King of the Day Winners

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 7/31  Ethan Berto 58.2 Ketchikan, AK
2nd 8/16  Sunjit Joshi 48.2 Glen Cove, NY
3rd 7/02  Fred Goll 46.7 Henderson, NV
4th 7/21  Keith Costanzo 46.4 Valencia, CA
5th 7/20  Bill Buckner 45.2 Costa Mesa, CA
6th 6/30  Jackson Risher 43.3 Huntington Beach, CA
7th 7/13  Brian Bothman 42.5 Santa Clara, CA
8th 7/08  Tim Zimmer 42.0 Port Angeles, WA
9th 7/17  John Lazovich 41.0 Reno, NV
10th 7/11  Ryo Ishizuka 40.5 Mercer Island, WA

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2018 Top 10 King of the Day Winners

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 7/16 Tony Perkins
48.2 Kirkland, WA
2nd 8/03 Andre Burchette
47.8 Phoenix, AZ
3rd 7/13 Ronda Ritchie
45.9 Smith River, CA
4th 6/25 Jeremiah Newens
41.5 Martinez, CA
5th 8/18 Joe Quigley
40.4 Maitland, FL
6th 7/25 Steve Teskey
40.0 San Juan Capistrano, CA
7th 7/20 Evan Gibson
39.5 Santa Ana, CA
8th 6/28 Mike Vestal
37.6 Dublin, GA
9th 8/09 Dave Huffman
37.2 Mercer Island, WA
10th 7/14 Dan Wilson
37.1 Fargo, ND

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2017 Top 10 King of the Day Winners

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 7/20 Bob Dahlstrom 53.5 Sherman Oaks, CA
2nd 7/14 Dave Wood 46.6 Waterford, CA
3rd 7/28 Jason McLaren
46.4 Aurora, CO
4th 7/31 Brent Smith
45.2 Pasadena, CA
5th 7/24 Kevin Schmok
44.1 Katy, TX
6th 6/28 Dave Leclair
43.0 Anchorage, AK
7th 6/08 Mary Judson
41.4 Fairbanks, AK
8th 7/23 Dennis Noggle
40.0 Simsonville, SC
9th 7/15 Dick Braden
39.4 Hughson, CA
10th 7/11 Greg Oakman
37.9 Sydney, AUS
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2016 Top 10 King of the Day Winners

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 7/30 Jennifer Porter
50.6 San Francisco, CA
2nd 7/22 Fritz Westerhout 50.0 Newport Beach, CA
3rd 7/24 Mark Wheeler 49.2 Encinitas, CA
4th 6/12 Peter Forman 49.0 Boca Raton, FL
5th 7/18 Julie Rielly 48.7 Newport Coast, CA
6th 8/13 Elizabeth Dinsmore
47.8 Danville, CA
7th 7/27 Blake Hickey
47.5 Paradise Valley, AZ
8th 7/12 John Lazovich
47.3 Reno, NV
9th 8/02 Daniel Robbins
46.5 Paradise, CA
10th 7/27 Jason Niemela
46.2 Santa Barbara, CA
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2015 Top 10 King of the Day Winners

Place Date Name Pounds Hometown
1st 6/26 Ken Bridges
53.7 Huntington Beach, CA
2nd 7/26 Marty Meador
52.6 Encinitas, CA
3rd 7/19 Brian Martin
50.9 Keizer, OR
4th 7/10 Greg Shaw
50.3 Thousand Oaks, CA
5th 7/27 Shawn Koehler
50.2 Paso Robles, CA
6th 8/05 Dick Arnoldy
49.7 St. Louis, MO
7th 7/28 Michael Martin
48.9 Alamogordo, NM
8th 7/13 Hunter Schlander
48.3 Modesto, CA
9th 6/25 Travis Roffler
48.2 Matthew, NC
10th 7/22 Michael Moran
47.5 Mead, WA
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