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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.19/12

August 19th, 2012

At Port Renfrew Marina the mid August fishing is in full swing. Every day sees lots of happy anglers lining up at the cleaning tables. Hot weather, calm seas and some welcome fog free days made conditions almost perfect.

With Owen Point closed East Point is seeing a lot of pressure but is producing lots of fish in the early morning and evenings. Walbran is still the hot spot and is quite the zoo with too many boats in too small a space. The 60 degree edge is where the fish have been holding. So if you have some thick skin, give it a try.

Coho are still well offshore but are getting bigger. Halibut fishing has died swiftly. There seems to be none on the “chicken ranch” and only the odd one coming on anchor. You will need to put in some serious time commitments to get your one. The last two weeks of August are traditionaly very good weeks to anchor. We hope that holds true for this year.

Notable catches:

  • Gerry Gammie:   32
  • Terry Van Wieren:  31
  • Norm Ricketts:  35
  • Mike Styba:  38.5
  • Deb Cutting:  30.5
  • Nina  Schulle:  32.5
  • Louise Klemek:  30
  • Clive Watson:  37
  • Ken Sutton:  30
  • Wayne Schiffner:  33
  • Rex Coburn:  32                                               

Important Dates: Coming up very soon is the Port Renfrew Labor Day on Sept 1st and 2nd.  Tickets are available only at the marina and are $55.00 a ticket. This includes a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band. Try and attend this annual event as it is a fun time and for a very good cause. Anyone wanting to make a donation, either personally or through a business, can contact us in the office.

Sept. 29th and 30th will be Port Renfrew Marina’s Winner Take All  Coho Derby. Tickets are $25.00 and will be available at the marina office only and $5.00 of each ticket will go to the hatchery. The remainder of the cash will go to the angler who catches the largest Coho. 

Bud and Rex.

Port Renfrew Marina Report, August 2, 2012

August 2nd, 2012

Here is it August already and the fishing at Port Renfrew Marina for Chinooks has really picked up along the shore. Camper Creek was the hot spot Sunday through to Tuesday with three and four hour bites. Lots of regulars were commenting that it was” just like the old days.” Lots of limit catches of nice fish coming to the docks. Anchovies and coyote spoons being the lure of choice.

Coho are still around in huge numbers out about one mile from shore. Hoochies in green and white are working well.

Swiftsure Banks “chicken ranch” is still producing limit catches of everything and the weather has been calm enough for just about all boats out there to go and enjoy the harvest.

Notable Catches:

  • Darren Campbell  39
  • Dave Anderson   30  30
  • Greg                             30
  • Charlie Holman       30
  • Steve Holgate        33 33
  • Eric Eckdahl           33   34
  • Paul Mahoney         40
  • Bruce Cool                30
  • Ross MacKenzie     37
  • Rob McAllen          32  29
  • Ian Batty                  34
  • Steve Donaldson    31
  • John Lewis     33
  • Dave Hoban      34 on a fly rod

Rob McAllen 32 29Ross MacKenzie 37Ron Constantineau  32

Rayna Girard first salmon 26Paul Mahoney 40


Derring Bridge work:    For those of you that are not aware, there is repair work that will be going on the Derring Bridge until Aug. 24th causing minor delays. The waits can be from anywhere none to half an hour, the average being about 15 minutes.

Important Dates:  Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s 15th annual Labor Day Derby this Sept 1st and 2nd.  All proceeds of this derby go to the San Juan Hatchery which has not had any additional funding from the government since 1992.  This a popular derby and includes a dinner, beverages and a live band. More information will be available soon.

Port Renfrew Marina will also be having it’s annual Coho derby on Sept 29th and 30th this year. The fee is $25.00, $5.00 of which will go the S J Hatchery and the rest will be a “Winner Take All” This can be an amazing amount and the winnings are based on the amount of entries.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July25/12

July 25th, 2012

For Port Renfrew Marina Chinnok fishing on shore still remains fair to good. Some boats are getting limit catches while others come back skumked. The bigger springs seem to have arrived though with quite a few in the thirty pound range.

East Point and Owen Pointhave both produced some quality fish lately.At Swiftsure Bank limit catches are still the norm as long as the weather is good. This past week the seas were very calm until Mon and then it choppy out there.

Halibut fishing will improve as the currents slow down. Salmon bellies are the hot bait at the moment.

Crabbing is still going pretty strong and they are just as sweet as ever.

Notable catches:                                Chuck Heaton 41

  • Cory Ursulan   35.5
  • Gerry Hamilton  33
  • Mark Perkins  31
  • Desi Hatchard of  42
  • Chuck Heaton  41
  • Dennis Peters    29    34

News:Last weekend Port Renfrew Marina held the 12th annual Davey Derby and it was another resounding success. At last count we heard they had raised approximately $24000.00for assorted charities! A portion of the proceeds is donated to the San Juan Hatchery also. This is an amazing amount of money and it is all do to wonderful participation and turnout of fishermen and to the generous donations made by businesses and indivuals on Vancouver Island. The weather was up and down but seas were very calm and although fish were sparse until Sun everyone seemed to be having a great time.

  • First Place winner: Brian Dice     38.3 oz.
  • Second Place:           Chris Miller  33.10 oz.
  • Third Place:               Jeff Dau          33.6 oz.
  • Largest Halibut:       Vic Gee:         49 pounds
  • Largest crab:              Judy Thorarnson    8.9 inches

Other News:  Port Renfrew Marina’s 16th annual  Labor Day Derbywill be coming up soon on Sept.1st and 2nd.  This derby is also a really fun derby with a dinner and all beverages included and a live band on the Sunday night. Any individual or a business that would like to make a donation to this derby please contact us in the office. Any donations would be greatly appreciated as this is what helps a derby be so successful. All proceeds go to the San Juan Hatchery to protect and ensure healthy and successful returns of salmon to the area and others. This hatchery has not had any additional funding from the government since 1992 and relies greatly on our fund raising for them to help cover necessary expenses.

Port Renfrew Marina is also holding theCoho Derby “Winner Take All” on Sept 29th and 30th. It is a bit earlier this year as the first Sat in Oct was considered a bit late in the year. This derby is $25.00 a rod with $5.00 going to the hatchery and the rest going to one who catches the biggest Coho. Previous years have shown to give the winners as much as $13,500.00 and the smallest amount being $5500.00 with many different amounts between. 

Important News:  At this point the repair work on Deering bridge is being done with as few interruptions as possible  but for the next 6 weeks please be prepared to face anywhere from no wait to maybe 5 minutes or up to an half hour. If the distance isn’t an issue for you then coming by way of Cowichan is best to avoid the delay. They are trying to keep traffice moving as best they can but the work is slow going. This is work scheduled until Aug. 24th.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July18/12

July 18th, 2012

At Port Renfrew Marina fishing started very good this week. There are lots of spring salmon along the beach from East Point to Walbran creek. Anchovies and spoons down 30 to 45 feet on the downrigger seems to be the right combination. The spoon that seems to be hottest is coyote yellow/white called Bad Attitude. Also Party Girl is popular.

Coho come and go, sometimes there are housands, other times very few. This past week we were flooded with wild coho but there were many hatchery limit catches.

Swiftsure bank has turned on again with limit catches of Chinnok, Coho and halibut hitting the dock. Hootchies and spoons are the lures of choice out at the “chicken ranch.”

Notable Catches:

  • Todd White  37
  • Ron Jakimchuk  30  32
  • Barry Hoag  33
  • Mike Styba  27  30

Miller Time Charters days catch







Important Dates:  This coming weekend July 20th, 21st & 22nd  is the now famous Davey Derby to be held at Port Renfrew Marina. If you only go to one derby this is the one !! The prize table is supposed to be outatanding this year, even better than last years. Tickets are $50.00 a rod and are availble at Buckys in Duncan, Island Outfitters in Victoria and Port Renfrew Marina. For more information go to the website  All proceeds go to an assortment of charites. Please remember that Port Renfrew Marina is a cash business when planning your trip.

Port Renfrew Marinas Labor Day Derby  Sept.1st and 2nd. This derby is to support the San Juan Hatchery who has had very little governemnt funding. The tickets will be $55.00 arod and will include a dinner with beverages and a dance on Sunday.

Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho Derby will be held this year on Sept. 29th and 30th. This derby cost $25.00 to enter and $5.00 of every ticket goes to the San Juan hatchery. The largest Coho weighed in will win the pot and the amount will depend on the amount of entries. This derby is a great way to end the season and as always a good time is had by all who attend to each of the derbys.

Rivised information regarding the Deering Bridge repair work. Mainland Construction has changed the work restrictions and cancelled the road closure from 10 to 2 announcing that there will be only minor delays from 8 to 5 Mon to Fri for the next 6 weeks.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 13/12

July 13th, 2012

Last week fishing at Port Renfrew Marina has been fair to good. Most angleres are returning with one or two springs, some with limits. Not the numbers we are used to seeing this time of year though.

Coho are still around in huge numbers and are the perfect size for the BBQ. Two hatchery per license is the legal limit.

Swiftsure bank has slowed from its prior epic standard. Springs and halibut are  taking a little longer to catch to fill the coolers. Fog and chop from the ebb tides have not helped. Anchoring for halibut has heated up again with the slower currents. One boats first time anchor trip off Nit Nat produced fish to 60 pounds. Great start guys!  Crabbing is still off the charts! Wow!! huge and so sweet!!!

Notable catches:

  • Ken Gillard 34  34  27
  • Glen Clements  32
  • Darryl Johnston  29
  • Barry Houdayer  32
  • Blair Houdayer 34  30
  • Fred Uhlman  32
  • Serge Pereverzoff  31
  • No Banana’s Charters 29 32 32 30

Trevor 29 & 32

Trevor 30 & 32

Blair in boat





Serg Pereverzoff 31

 Blair & Barry 32





Improtant Dates: Don’t miss the upcoming Davey Derby this year. It is being held on July 20, 21 and 22nd at Port Renfrew Marina. Word is that the prize table is even better than last year. Please support this derby as all proceeds go to wonderful needy charities and the prizes are the envy of all derby’s! Tickets are available at Port Renfrew Marina and are $50.00 a rod.

Important Notice FYI:  Please check out the details about the road closure on the Derring Bridge. There are many closures in the next two months.

  • July 16th to the 19th     4 hours from 10 to 2 PM
  • July 23 to the  27th        4 hours from 10 to 2 PM
  • July 30th to Aug.2nd.   4 hours 10 to 2 PM
  • Aug.7th to the 10th        4 hours 10 to 2 PM
  • Aug.13th to the 17th      4 hours 10 to 2 PM
  • Aug.20 to the 24th          4 hours 10 to 2 pm

Mainland has revised their delays to:

 Minor delays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon to Fri for the duration. No Closures.

  • For information please call           Mainland South Island Contracting   250 391-7310  There will be minor delays from 8 am to 5 pm.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 6/12

July 6th, 2012

At Port Renfrew Marina the bad weather for the last 3 weeks made for only fair fishing and soaked anglers. Once the high pressure and the long awaited sunshine arrived the fishing picked up dramatically. Chinook fishing has been very good basically everywhere, East Point, Camper and Logan have all been producing with anchovies and spoons being the lures of choice.  For the most part most of the springs are in the high teens and twenties, no sign of any big ones as yet. The one factor is there are many coho out there and they can be a nuisance eating up all the bait. Falling back on spoons and or Baitrix helps slow that problem down.

Coho fishing on the beach is spotty. When they are there they will bite anything as mentioned. If coho is what you are after and 2 hatchery per license is permitted, then you are in luck as there are many, especially at Swiftsure Bank.

Halibut fishing on the anchor will be picking up now that the tides and currents are tapering off. Crabbing is still going very well and if you haven’t had your fill there seems to be lots out there to catch.

Swiftsure Bank continues to provide magic fishing memories. Limit catches of springs, coho and halibut by 11:00 am are not uncommon. With the nice weather and calm seas most anglers will be ables to access this rich fishery.

Notable Catches:

  • Blair Houdayer   32
  • Fred Uhlman       32

The boat rampat the marina is now finished and seems to be well received, with comments on how much easier it is to use.

Bud & Rex    

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 26/12

June 26th, 2012

Salmon fishing at Port Renfrew Marina is decent though most of the fish are smaller this year. Chinook catches are coming back to the docks in good numbers but not too many in the 30 pound range. Camper, Logan and East Point have been producing fish.

Swiftsure Bank, especially the “chicken ranch” and “salmon bumps” has been on fire. Easy limit catches down deep 160 feet on green hootchies. Smooth seas have allowed even the smaller boats to get out there and enjoy the fishery.

Hatchery coho are everywhere, though small in the 3 to 6 pound range they make for a great meal.

Halibut has been a little hot and cold. Limit catches of 1 a day and spotty the next.

Crabbing, one word…..UNREAL!

Notable catches:

  • Brendon, Jeff, Scott and Brian:   162 halibut  and others.

Brian Scott Brendon & Jeff

For those of you using the launch ramp often, we would like to let you know that we have done some improvements on it and hope to see it prove to be much easier to use.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 21/12

June 21st, 2012

At Port Renfrew Marina fishing has been somewhat of a up and down event. There are days when fishing for springs is quite good and others when it slows down.  This has been the pattern now for about two weeks or more. The weather has been a factor in this as it’s been a colder and windier June than usual, not to mention a lot wetter! Most of the springs are in the high teens with a few in the twenties. There were a couple in the thirties as you will see below in notable catches.

Halibut fishing is still very good as long as weather permits. Crabbing is also still going strong.

Over the Father’s Day weekend Port Renfrew Marina hosted a small derby held by Trevor Zboyovsky of It is called the Port Renfrew Invitational Salmon Derby with the entry fee $1000.00 a boat with 17 boats entered.  Fishing was going strong on the Sat but dropped off on the Sunday morning. There was a  good turnout considering the weather on Sat was pretty intense with heavy rain. The derby was really well received and everyone seemed to be having a great time.  There was a donation to the San Juan Hatchery also of $850.00!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  Trevors derby winners

  • First Place:  Desi Hatchard  30.15 winning   $9300.00
  • Second Place:  Corey Arnett  27.7 winning   $5100.00
  • Third Place:  Desi Hatchard  18.07 winning   $1700.00

Notable catches: Jesse Mc Cullough   35 Desi Hatchard of www.viciousfishcharters.c 30

Jesse 35 spring

For your information the pay phone is going to be used near the Tall Tree Festival location this weekend for the public to access and then will be returning to the marina.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June11/12

June 11th, 2012

For the past week fishing at Port Renfrew Marina has been good for Halibut. There have been quite a few in the 40 to 60 pound range. Crabbing has improved very much. Salmon fishing is still only fair, with most fishermen coming back with a single spring. Most of them in the teens but a few in the mid twenties. The weather has been up and down with the majority of days being calm seas but the odd one with huge swells.

Port Renfrew Marina has finished (for the most part) our new boat ramp.  You will find it to be a nice improvement,  more even with some roughness for traction.

new rampramp





Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June3/12

June 3rd, 2012

Port Renfrew Marina has now been open for one month! We are seeing somewhat typical results for fishing for the month of May.  Halibut fishing has been and still is really good, mainly between Carmannah and Nitnat. Crabbing has really picked up and is more like past years.  Salmon fishing has been fair, the best time being at flood tide near Logan Point.  Word is there have been a few in the 30 pound range. Otherwise the average ones are still in the low teens.

For anyone who may be interested in a seasonal site we do have a couple spots left.  Also for those who are coming to fish this week please be aware that the launch ramp is being resurfaced in the next couple days and you will need to launch on the gravel beside it. Four wheel drive would be an asset.  It should be ok by this coming weekend.

Our ATM and pay phone are both working! Lets hope it stays that way for the season!

Bud & Rex