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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug. 5/13

August 5th, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina fishing has picked up considerably. The big springs seem to have arrived in big numbers all this past week. Every day brings a few more in the 30′s to the docks. Nearly every angler coming back to the dock is bringing in limit catches. The fishing has improved and so has the weather. Although the lingering fog still seems to persist for most days the seas have been calmer. Be prepared to go through the bait with so many pinks, Coho and smaller springs snapping up all they can get. Try running some hoochies or spoons like Coho killers or try our new baitrix type bait, it looks just like needle fish. Check it out in the office. It is looking like Aug is going to make up for the slower months we’ve had, time to get out there!

Notable catches:

    • Trevor Walton  33
    • Louis Mezzoli    32
    • Martin Koers    34.5
    • Roko Kliman  36
    • Eric Eckdahl  35

John Gordon  36 wow, how many times are we going to print his name!!!!

John Gordon 36


Important Events: Port Renfrew Marina’s 16th annual Labor Day Derby is soon to be. It is coming up on Aug.31st and Sept.1st this year. We are hoping that this years will be as big a success as previous years, raising money for the local San Juan Hatchery to help reserve the salmon stocks in the area and for all salmon on the west coast for this generation and for many to come. It is a simple thought to think that the salmon will be around forever but as many fishermen know the stocks are lower than years before, there are more closures than ever before and we don’t want to see the salmon decline to dangerous levels. Please think about coming and supporting this derby and have fun at the same time. There are raffle items, slient and live auctions, hidden weights and much more. The tickets are $60.o0 a rod and include a t-shirt, dinner on Sunday with beverages and a live band.  All proceeds go to the hatchery. Also if anyone can bring a donation for this event or can contact a business for one it would be greatly appreciated. As we all know the prizes are what make it even more fun and each year they get harder to find! Please do what you can to help out. Tickets are purchased at the office.

Port Renfrew will be having it’s annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All”  coming up on Oct 5th and 6th this year. Tickets are $25.00 a rod and $5.00 of each ticket also goes to the hatchery and are also purchased at the office, cash only! The biggest Coho wins the pot, it can vary depending on how many enter but it has never been below $5000.00 and almost made it to $14000.00 one year. This years should be great since the Coho are already around and after Oct.1st you can legally retain one wild Coho.

Thanks again to Roy Coburn, Jim Parry and Ian and Deb McGregor for donating much needed freezers to the marina. We hope this will facilitate the room for more ice and bait and also provide a freezer for customers who want to freeze their fish.

The marina office is and will always be in need for loonies and toonies. Thanks to the people who have brought us coin. For those coming please remember to bring cash as we don’t accept credit cards.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report July 31/13

July 31st, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina we want to post a updated report from the July 30th one just done. As mentioned it was late getting posted due to computer issues and the conditions and fishing have changed quite a lot. The day after the Davey Derby ended the fishing really turned on. The big springs are here as we have had five over 30 pounds in the last three days and 2 over forty! See one of the forty’s on previous July 31st report. It seems that pretty much all the usual areas are working, East Point, Walbran, Camper and Logan.

This morning two anglers were spooled and all the boats are coming in with springs! Coho are everywhere! Conditions  on the water have improved a lot with calm waters and less fog.

Notable catches:

  • Ian Batty.       35
  • Rick Bennett.   39.5
  • Kevin McKenna.    39.5
  • Brock Dupont.    33
  • Mary Dice.   42.5
  • Terry MacDonald.   31

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Marina July 31/13

July 30th, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing inshore, while not as spectacular as usual, remains fairly steady. Some of the old hot spots have come to life this year. The “rockpile”, Owen to East Point are all giving up fish so you don’t need to run the extra miles to Logan and Walbran.

Offshore has been very rough and very foggy. Those venturing out have been getting smaller springs and Coho but halibut fishing isn’t happening as much because of the rough seas and bad currents.

Coho and pinks are inshore but the large schools are farther out with the NE corner and the 170 holding lots of feed and fish.

Hopefully the fog will lift, the seas will calm down and the tides will start to co-operate. Due to computer issues this report is a little late so it would be a good idea to call the marina 250 483-1878 for updates as things may have changed in the meantime.

Notable catches:

  • Brian Gorle     40
  • Graeme Smith    35
  • Ken Jamieson   36.5
  • Ron Jackimchuk   36
  • John Gordon   43.5

John Gordon 43.5

Brian Gorle 40



News: This past weekend Port Renfrew Marina hosted the 13th annual Davey Derby and we are happy to say that it was the most successful one yet! When it was all said and done they raised over $45,000.00 for assorted charities!! There were over 400 tickets sold and the prizes as usual were amazing, they just keep getting better every year. It just shows you when people put their minds together and work hard they can do incredible good. For pictures and more info on what happened please go to and check it out. Upcoming events: In one months time Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s 17th annual Labor Day Derby on Aug.31 and Sept.1st. This derby is also a lot of fun and supports a great cause, especially one any fisherman would understand. All proceeds go to the local hatchery to support them in the efforts to keep salmon stocks viable and keep the fishing going for future generations and not just for the present. The tickets will be $60.00 a rod and that will include a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, dinner and beverages on the Sunday and a live band. Again we want to ask if anyone out there can make a donation or ask a business if they could donate to this derby it will be greatly appreciated. It takes many helpers to make this derby a success. Thank you to all who have helped at this point. Coming up later on Oct 5th and 6th Port Renfrew Marina will be having their very popular Coho Derby “winner Take All” This derby also supports the local hatchery. Tickets are $25.00 a rod and $5.00 of each ticket goes to the local hatchery. The rules are simple, the biggest Coho takes the cash prize. Anoyone who has been in this derby will know that can amount to a very large amount ofmoney! Again we would like to remind you that we are a cash business and DO NOT take credit cards. Please bring cash with you. Thanks to Mr and Mrs. Jim Parry who donated a freezer to the marinaand also to Mr. Roy Coburn. Much appreciated. Another reminder: we can always use loonies and toonies if anyone has some to sell. Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July20/13

July 20th, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina this past week has seen fairly steady Chinook returns to the dock. Salmon fishing along the beach has had some very good but short bite periods, some only lasting as little as a half hour at a time. Most action has been from the Cullite to Walbran area. Some anglers are finding the fish out in deeper water and fishing as deep as 65 feet on the downrigger.

Coho come and go but if you want some steady action just start trolling away from shore as far as 3 to 4 miles and you will get them. Regluations for Coho are 2 hatchery s day with a total possesion of 4 from two days fishing.

Currents and tides are very good for anchoring for halibut if you don’t want to run all the way to Swiftsure Bank, Herring and mackeral with a skirt will work well. The “chicken ranch” continues to the hot spot but with the pea soup fog be very aware of the freighter traffic and remember to leave yourselves lots of time to get out of the way.

While at the marina come check out some new stock and the “chicken ranch” special hoochie, The Turd.

Notable Catches:

  • Rex Coburn  33.5
  • Brian Dice     31
  • John Gordon   30
  • Stacy Myles   31.5
  • Grant Hilliard   31.5
  •  Rick Bennet    30 & 31  caught earlier, late June, but missed)
  • Don Colgrave   33

Important Notice: This  upcoming weekend, July 26th, 27th and 28th is the annual Davey Derby. Tickets are on sale at the office and the the new Salmonberry Bistro in the marina for $50.00 a rod. This years prizes have reached another new level making this derby a really great one to enter not only for a chance to win an awesome prize but to help out with the many ongoing charities they help. For more info go to Please remember that we are a cash business and need your help by bringing cash with you and we are always appreciative of loonies and toonies. The ATM will be in order for anyone who needs to access cash.

More News: Coming up not long after the Davey Derby on Aug.31 and Sept. 1st Port Renfrew Marina will be having their 17th annual Labor Day Derby. This derby is held to raise funds for the local San Juan Hatchery to help sustain salmon for us and coming generations. This derby includes a free t-shirt, a dinner with beverages and a live band on the Sunday night. Tickets will be sold at the marina at a later date and will be $60.00 a rod. This derby is a great way to celebrate the ending of summer and the coming of fall which will mean a tapering off of springs and the beginnings of Coho. We want to ask if anyone can make a donation or knows a business who would consider one to please make an effort to ask them for this good cause or come by the office and let us know who to contact. Donations are what help make a derby so successful and we need your help to make it happen.

Even More News: Coming up at the end of our season Port Renfrew Marina will be having their annual Coho “Winner Take All” derby. The date for this derby has been decided, it is Oct.5th and 6th. With this derby the concept is simple, the biggest Coho wins the pot. Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of every ticket going to the local hatchery. The rest goes to the lucky winner. Pots have been known to be anywhere from $5500.00 to almost $14,000.00 depending on how many people turn up for it. This derby is very popular with the all the fishermen but we ask you to PLEASE bring cash for your ticket. We can’t be giving the winner checks to cash! More info to follow as the season goes on.

 Wanted: The marina could use a deep freeze, if anyone out there needs to get rid of one they no longer need please let us know. 

Bud & Rex



Port Renfrew Marina Report July 12/13

July 12th, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina and the town of Port Renfrew has just gone through a very windy, cold and rough week. Salmon fishing on the beach was uncomfortable at best and the bank was unfishable. Today, Friday has seen the first calm day in the past 3 or 4 so hopefully the worst has passed. The beach, while not on fire, has given up spme nice springs with some reports of very big fish (in the 30′s and a couple in the 40′s) being hooked, some brought in, some lost. All the fishermen we have coming in had nice catches with quite a lot of them being in the high 20′s. Logan Creek seems a bit better than the other popular spots. East Point in the early morning is producing some good fish.

Coho come and go and can put a serious dent in your bait supply. Farther offshore there are lots of Coho and pinks. Hoochies, coho killers and spoons with single hooks make for an easier release.

When the “chicken ranch” has been accessible weather wise it is still very good for springs, coho and halibut. Great morning high slack tides are coming for next week so Chinook fishing should be very good.

Notable Catches:

  • Manny Gavilan   42
  • Grant Hilliard   30
  • Huck Finn  36

Important Notice: Coming up soon is the annual Davey Derby on July 26th to the 28th. This is a three day derby with so many prizes it staggers the mind. Tickets are now on sale at the marina and are $50.00 a rod, accepting cash only. Hope you can find the time to come and support this derby for all it’s good causes and have a great time too! For mor info go to  PLEASE, remember we are a cash business, please try and remember to bring cash with you.

Important Notice:  Coming up about 5 weeks later is the 16th annual Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day derby on Aug.31 and Sept.1st.  This derby’s proceeds go to the local San Juan Hatchery who without the funds from the derby would be struggling very much to keep things viable. They have not has a fund increase from the government since 1992. If you would like to donate to the derby please come by the office and let us know or if you know of a business that might be willing. The donations are a big part of what makes a derby so successful.

Another Important Notice: Port Renfrew Marina will be having our annual Coho “Winner Take All” derby. The date has been decided so book your time off for October 5th and 6th. As some of you may know there is only one winner in this derby and he takes home the cash. The tickets are $25.00 a rod and $5.00 of each ticket goes to the San Juan Hatchery.

Note: Come and check out some new hoochies the marina has got in and see some of our reduced items. Thanks to the people who brought us some loonies and toonies for the office. We are always running short. Anyone who has a surplus we will gladly buy them off you.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 4/13

July 4th, 2013

For Port  Renfrew Marina fishing has really improved over the last week. All along the shore catch rates have been climbing. Camper, the Rock Pile and Logan Creek seem to be the most popular spots. Anchovies trolled at 30 to 40 feet is a pretty good choice. Coho killers are a good choice as they are good for springs also, not just Coho.

Offshore the “chicken ranch” is still the hot spot for halibut, Chinook and Coho. Spoons and hoochies would be the lures of shcoice out there.

Crabbing is still pretty good, the commercial boats took their toll on the quantity you will find but the quality of them is perfect, sweet and hard.

Notable catches:

  • Wayne Winters  42
  • Jerry Shannon   36
  • Jeff metcalf   35
  • Wayne Winters  43
  • Ray Hamilton  30

Jerry shannon 36

Wayne Winters 42

Here are two pics since one  cut off Wayne’s head and the other cut off the salmon’s head!

FYI: If you have tried to reach the marina lately and found there was no answer, it’s because the phones and Internet  were down for 24 hours. We apologize for this nuisance and had it corrected as soon as we became aware of it. This does happen from time to time so if you do have issues reaching us this may be the reason.More FYI: As Port Renfrew Marina is a cash business we ask our customers to please try and come with cash for purchases, we have a constant problem with having enough coin and small bills and with no bank in town it can be difficult. So if you don’t mind please try and bring some coin and smaller bills if possible.  Thank you!!

Upcoming Event:  The annual Davey Derby is coming up soon! It is July 26 th to the 28th and is a great derby. You know it’s summer when the derbies start coming around. This year there will be a children’s bullhead derby for 12 and under so the little ones can join in with the fun.  The prizes are more amazing every year so come and participate, have fun and know you have contributed to a great cause at the same time.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 26/13

June 26th, 2013

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing is picking up along the beach and should improve more once these big tide changes are finished. We are seeing more anglers coming back to the docks with catches and a few in the high twenties and a couple in the thirties.

The “chicken ranch” continues to be the hot spot for springs, coho and halibut. Grubs, salmon bellies and bait are all good for catching halibut. The new halibut hoochie that is seeming to be a hot one is the Turd. They seem to be the magic lure lately.

Coho can be found at the can-bouy in the hundreds and there seems to be enough hatchery ones to get your limit of two.  Fish at depths of about 30feet. Spoons are all you need for Coho and the coho killers are hot lures also, with just about any color working very well.

Crabbing remains about the same, with some improvement.

Notable catches:

  •  Eric Eckdahl  27 29
  • Bud McGrade   35

    Bud McGrade 35






Upcoming Events:  Coming up soon on July 26th to the 28th will the the annual Davey Derby held at Port Renfrew Marina. This is a derby that you wouldn’t want to miss, with amazing prizes and just an all around great, fun time. For more info go to  Audie Williams is the founder and brains behind this event and it is done with great intentions to help deserving families and or individuals who are going through tough times and need some help.

Coming up later at the end of summer (who wants to think about that!) but the Port Renfrew Labor Day Derby helps you get past that and have a great time on the Labor Day Derby and it’s also a super derby to attend. The derby is a two day event ending with a dinner, beverages and a live band and you go home with a t-shirt . All proceeds go to the local San Juan Fish Hatchery’s to support them and their work to help keep the salmon stocks plentiful in Vancouver Island, BC and in general Canada. A very good cause since this poor hatchery has not seen any additional funding since 1992.

We want to thank again all customers who support our marina. We want everyone who comes and stays with us to have good memories and know we care about every one.

Bud & Rex



Port Renfrew Marina Fishing Report June,18/13

June 19th, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina and the related area salmon fishing along the shore continues to be fairly inconsistent. A couple of slow days are followed by a couple of better days with Logan, East Point and Camper Creek being the best areas.

Offshore the “chicken ranch” is the place to be. Limit catches of Chinook and halibut are common and if the coho are around you can add them to your catch also. “Turd” hoochies are the hot lure run on a purple onion or green glows out there. For those not aware there are new regulations regarding fishing for halibut, see info below.

Effective April 1, 2013 until further notice: The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm. The daily limit for halibut is one (1). The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater than 83cm in length. There will be an annual limit of six (6) halibut per license.  All halibut retained by the license holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the Tidal Waters Sport Fishing license.  The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on license.

Crabbing is poor and we think because of the heavy commercial pressure inside the bay.

Notable Catches:

  • Don Brickland  31
  • Wayne Winters  35.8
  • John Gordon  39.5

Don Brickland 31

Wayne Winters 34


John Gordon 39.5






Important Dates: Coming up at Port Renfrew Marina is the 13th annual Davey Derby on July 26, 27, and 28th. This derby if you haven’t ever been in it is the derby to go in. The prizes are amazing and Audie Williams out does himself every year with a boatload of volunteers.  The proceeds go to the very best causes to support families with dire family situations with illness or other catastrophes. Please consider going in this derby to support this great cause and to have a great time. For more info go to

More Info: At Port Renfrew Marina the cookshack has reopened under a new name, The Salmonberry Bistro with the new owner, Tahnee Kuzman and the word out is the menu is eclectic and delicious with a newly redecorated sitting area.

A reminder: For new customers coming by to the marina for camping or even just fuel please note we are a cash only business. We do have an ATM in the office for your convenience.

Wanted: Port Renfrew Marina is looking for a new deep freeze for fish storage. Anyone who may have one for sale or one they would like to get rid of please contact us at the office 250 483-1878.  Thank you.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Fishing Report June 3/13

June 3rd, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina late May and early June fishing has been spotty along the shore after a unusually great start in May. The cut-pluggers are hooking the majority of the fish. Offshore the “chicken ranch” is producing Chinook down about 150 feet on hoochies and spoons.

Halibut was going strong but has slowed down in the last two days. The NE corner of the bank still seems to be the best spot. A lot of the success in the halibut fishery is very tide and current dependent. Some areas are better on the flood, some on the ebb. Ask one of the regulars for some tips, most are quite willing to share their knowledge. When you come check in at the office and we can give you more up to date info.

Crabbing is coming on again with only one commercial boat out there still. Most are getting their limits.

Notable Catches

  • Randy Hemmingsen    46 halibut
  • Blair Houdayer              28 spring
  • Mike Daines                    63 halibut
  • Bruce Miller of  27 28 35 45 halibut




Reminder: Coming up July 26,27 and 28th will be the 13th annual Davey Derby. This is a great derby running the full weekend and everyone has a great time and all the proceeds go to help a lot of deserving people. Please come and support this event and have a great weekend fishing. For more information go to

At this time we at Port Renfrew Marina want to thank all our loyal customers who stay with us every year and support our business with gestures such as purchasing fuel from us which we know since it has to be trucked out, that we charge a few cents over what it would cost normally and tackle, which most are pleased that we are equal in price to most competitors and often cheaper. These things mean much to us and are not overlooked. So thank you for your support.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Fishing Report May 21/13

May 21st, 2013

For Port Renfrew Marina the month of May fishing continues to surprise everyone. Both halibut and spring catches are far above other years at this time.  Chinook are holding along the shore in a little deeper water than usual, quite often sixty to seventy feet down in one hundred foot depth of water. Needlefish hoochies, spoons and coho killers are the hot hardware and 12 pack anchovies are the bait of choice.

Halibut continues to be VERY good. Daily limit catches are the norm and with very little current drift fishing has been working. The NE corner is still the hot spot. Hali hoochies and chub mackerel are the baits of choice.

Crabbing slowed down this past week but there were three commercial boats in the area . When they leave crabbing should pick up again.

NOTE: EXTREME low morning tides this coming week will cancel or delay early morning launches and river travel and will probably expose the new sand bar outside the river mouth as it is very shallow this year. If you are planning a trip up to fish check your tides.

Important News: The annual Davey Derby will be coming up on July 26th a Friday and runs through until Sunday July 28th. This derby is always great and for such wonderful causes. All the proceeds raised go to people on the island who are in desperate need of financial help and who have suffered a family loss or major health issues. This derby is amazing with the scope of prizes and is well worth the entry ticket, nearly everyone goes home with something. If you have the time free that weekend come and have a great time. For more information go to the website and learn more about it and the people they help.

Interesting News: For some of you who were at the marina last weekend and may have wondered what the group of organized volunteers were doing (and for those of you who weren’t we can fill you in), one of the co-founders of the Ancient Forest Alliance, TJ Watt, who discovered Avatar Grove, has been planning the construction of a boardwalk in Avatar to improve public access, increase visitor safety, and ensure the protection of the forest’s ecological integrity.  There were about 35 men who came to the marina for the long weekend and worked through rain and wind to get as much of the walkway, stairs, and landings they could get done in that time. The group, who go by the name Hawkeye Tribe and were organized by Dan Hagar (Handsome Dan - the new Chamber President) combine their strength and skills once a year to complete a community project. They’ve done a beautiful job using the wood which was generously milled and donated by the Pacheedaht First Nation and have laid the groundwork for future volunteer weekends. Improving the visitor experience in this unique forest helps to attract people to Port Renfrew’s old-growth forests, record-sized trees, and wildlife which in turn supports the local economy. In a show of appreciation the men were treated to a special dinner Saturday night courtesy of Jon and Tim Cash of the Soule Creek Lodge. Special thanks to Jessica and Tom of the Coastal Kitchen Cafe as well for covering dinner for 2 on Monday night also.  Port Renfrew Marina did what we could by offering them the Longhouse for power and a place to eat out of the weather and a grassy area to sleep. A BIG thanks goes out to all the helpers and to everyone who donated and offered their time. A great job done!! If you haven’t already visited Avatar Grove, you can find directions here. Enjoy!!

Port Renfrew Marian asks all customers using power to use it with caution, consideration and respect so everyone can be safe and also help keep the rising cost of hydro down.

Port Renfrew Marina would like to remind everyone coming for a stay to remember we DO NOT take credit cards or have interact. Please remember to bring cash and if needed you can use our ATM.  Thank you.

Bud & Rex