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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report Oct.14/14

October 14th, 2014

Well, for Port Renfrew Marina the 2014 fishing season in now over. While we had one of the driest and warmest summers for some time and many calm sea days, Chinook and Sockeye fishing was poorer than predicted. The springs just weren’t around in the numbers or sizes that we have come to expect.

The Coho fishing proved to be the best in probably 10 years. It is still fantastic but the winter storms have moved in and it can be far to dangerous to get in and out of the river. A heads up for next year, trolling in the river mouth and the river itself can be very successful. No weight with spoons or apex trolled 80 feet back of the boat can be deadly. Just yesterday we fished in as little as 2 feet of water to get our fish. The biggest being 15 pounds.

As of this past weekend Port Renfrew Marina is now closed for the season and will reopen on May 1st 2015. The gate is kept locked and there is no launching available until we reopen. Anyone who may have a boat or unit at the marina and is not planning on doing storage must contact us or our caretaker, Desi, 250 483-1486 to arrange for the gate to be opened. If left, winter storage fees will apply. There is no gas available and will not be any also until we reopen in May. Please remember for next year to get your fishing license before arriving at the marina. As of this past year we no longer are able to sell licenses.

We want to thank our caretaker, Desi Hatchard, Reid Warren, Odd Johansen, Todd Garrett, and our old caretakers, Wayne & Gwen Coleman and Knut, our employee for their help with the marina in many different ways and keeping an eye on things for us while we are closed. We also want to thank all our customers for their continued support at the marina and we always look forward to seeing them again in the new season and meeting any new ones we get. Again we want to thank all the people and businesses that help us out with our derbys. The successes of those derbies are very reliant on their help and donations. It is all very much appreciated.

Bud, Tedi, Rex, Diane and Knut all want to wish you the very best in the coming winter, have a safe year until we see you again in the 2015 season.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Fishing Report Oct.7/14

October 7th, 2014

At Port Renfrew Marina Coho fishing is the best it has been in ten years! Just like the old days, getting 20, 30, 40 fish on per day is not uncommon. Truly sore arms! Offshore in 250 to 500 feet of water and 50 to 70 feet down is the hot spot. Baitrix, spoons and hoochies are working very well. If you are brave enough put down some strip or anchovies but don’t expect to sit down or eat your lunch!

The river mouths are giving up fish mostly just after the high tide as it starts to drop. Bait, Baitrix or spoons with no weight, 70 to 80 feet behind the boat in as shallow as 4 feet deep out to 20 feet deep seems to be the ticket. Watch for the jumpers! If you want some of the best fishing you will ever have then come on up in the coming week before we close on October 12th! The water is thick with Coho and then they are gone, you don’t want to miss out!

So as most all of you know Port Renfrew Marina held it’s annual Coho “Winner Take All” Derby this past weekend. It was a huge success and possibly one of the best derby’s we have had. We had 481 entrants fishing for the two days. The weather was fantastic, sunny, warm, calm seas and best of all the fishing was excellent! Everyone was enjoying the weekend even if they didn’t bring in the big one, everyone got their limits. Fishing seemed to be a bit hotter on the Saturday and the winning fish was caught on Saturday and held up until the derby was over on Sunday at 1:00 PM. The winners were Gord and Janice Lee weighing in a Coho at 15 pounds and 13 ounces. The grand total for the biggest Coho this year was $9620.00 with a total of $2405.00 to be donated to the local San Juan Hatchery. There was a side bet going on and 63 people chose to enter that and again Gord and Janice Lee won that also! That total amount was $1260.00, giving them a grand total of $10880.00 prize money! You can tell by their happy faces that they were over the top with the winnings and had a great weekend fishing!


Coho “Winner Take All” Derby winners Gord & Janice Lee

Gord & Janice Lee showing their appreciation!














Also Port Renfrew Marina held the annual Labor Day Derby on Aug. 30th and 31st, already over a month ago! It also was a success due to all the efforts of the donators and people who pitch in and help. The final totals for that fundraising event and others during the year with a break down of misc. cash $335.00, the Chinook Derby, held in July this year, $710.00 and the 2014 Coho Derby just held $2405.00 and the PRM Labor Day Derby raising $3493.85 for a total of $6973.85 all going to the San Juan Enhancement Society to the local hatchery in Port Renfrew. Also raised was a donation of $5000.00 to the B.C. Wildlife Federation. A big thanks to all that participate and contribute, it wouldn’t happen without all of you.

Important News: It is important to know that Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 12th this year and if you have a boat or unit on the grounds you must come in and settle your account and make arrangements to with do winter storage or remove your units. By Sunday October 13th the phone in the office will not be working and if you need assistance with anything regarding your unit or boat or have any questions you can call our caretaker at 250 483-1486 or Bud and Tedi at 2590 474-2643. After that weekend the gate will be locked and you will need to call ahead to make sure you can get in. 

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 28/14

September 28th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina the 2014 Chinook and halibut season has come to an end. It was a very good halibut year and as everyone knows a very poor spring season.

Coho fishing has been quite good though last Wednesday’s huge swells put a damper on catches for a few days. It is picking up on a daily basis now. Offshore in the 300 to 700 foot depth water is where most boats are. Bait was working best the last few days but Coho killers and hoochies in green/white or yellow on super short leaders are good stand by’s. Little known or tried Baitrix also works very well for Coho.

Inshore, really inshore, as in the river mouth can be very good. Bait, Baitrix, a green apex and peach zingers trolled with no weight seems to be bringing in the bigger fish. Troll fast in as shallow water that you dare!

Coho – Sat 27th Marion Randall & Brian Onushko




Upcoming Event: Coming up very soon is Port Renfrew Marina’s last derby of the year. The well known and popular Coho Derby called “Winner Take All.” This derby is being held on October 4th and 5th this year. Tickets are available at the office and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery. The derby is a very informal affair with a simple concept, whoever gets the largest Coho wins the pot. The amount of winnings varies depending on the number of tickets sold. The cash prize can be anywhere from $5300.00 (first year) up to the most we ever had of $13,800.00! So come and enjoy two days of Coho fishing for a small cost with the possibility of winning a huge pot of cash! At the same time you will be helping out the local hatchery. Please remember that we are a cash business so please be sure to bring cash as we do not take credit cards or have interact. We do have an ATM for your convenience.




Important News: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing this year on October 12th. Please be sure to contact the office regarding your unit and or  boat. You will need to remove them on or before that date or make arrangements for winter storage. If you do not contact the office it will be assumed you are having winter storage and those fees will apply. We appreciate each customer to call and give us their decision on how they want to deal with the season closure for their personal items so we are clear on what each one wants. As usual we will have a caretaker on the grounds for the off season to keep an eye on things and to be there if someone wants to come in to check on their unit. You will need to call Desi Hatchard before coming out to be sure he can be there to open the gate for you as it is kept locked. His number at the marina is 250 483-1486.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.19/14

September 19th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina the 2014 Chinook season has pretty much wrapped up. A very poor season in with mostly small fish and nothing as was predicted by the DFO. Hopefully the 2015 season will see the fishing we are used to in the summer.

Coho season is very good though and should become fantastic in the next month. They are, for the most part, 6 to 8 pounds right now with the occasional 14 to 16 pounders. We predict that there will be lots of 20 pounders plus by mid October. Lots of limit catches are coming in from offshore waters in the 400 to 550 foot depth water with 40 to 90 feet on the rigger. Short leaders behind flashers armed with hoochies in blue, green, yellow or white are popular. Coho killers in green/white and Baitrix are working very well. Herring strip is a great Coho bait and a company called Black Label in now making it again.

Halibut fishing is very slow right now but should improve with the ebb currents next week.

Bob Culm & Wynter Langston 23 18 17 10 lb Coho

Bob Culm & Wynter Langston 23 18 17 10 lb Coho           

Jerry Melissa and Kayli













DFO Notice:

Recreational Fishers fishing for Coho Salmon in the Port San Juan and Juan de Fuca Area


This notice is to clarify Coho limits in the Port Renfrew area.

1. From September 11th, 2014 until December 31st 2014 the daily combined quota for Coho Salmon in Sub-areas 20-2 and a portion or 20-1 (Inside a line from Owen Point to the Whistle Buoy thence to San Juan Point) is Four (4)…of which Two (2) can be wild.

2. From September 11th, 2014 until September 30th, 2014 the daily combined quota for Coho Salmon in the rest of Area 20 (Bonilla Point east and excluding the area described above in 1.) is Two (2) … of which only One (1) can be wild.

3. From October 1st, 2014 until December 31st, 2014 the daily combined quota for Coho Salmon in the rest of Area 20 (Bonilla Point east and excluding the area described above in 1.) is Four (4) of which only Two (2) can be wild.

Please note…The daily limit for coho is 4 of which the maximum number of wild is 2 regardless of what area they are caught in.  For example you CANNOT have two wild Coho from inside Port San Juan and one wild Coho from outside in Area 20. For further clarification please contact the local Fisheries and Oceans Office   Victoria: (250)363-3252   Duncan: (250)746-6221


Upcoming event:  Coming up on October 4th and 5th Port Renfrew Marina will be having its annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is very popular and this year it should prove to be a good one if the amount of Coho we are seeing so far is any indication. The tickets for the derby are only available at the office and only for a few days before the derby. The tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery. The winnings vary in size and are dependent on the amount of tickets sold. The winnings have been anywhere from $5,300.00 (for the first year) all the way to $13,800.00 one year and all cash. This a great derby, its not expensive to get entered and you can hope to go home with a lot of cash in your pocket and it helps the hatchery. It’s a great way to say goodbye to the 2014 fishing season. PLEASE remember we are a cash business and bring cash with you for your stay. We do have an ATM for customers to use in case they need it. We DO NOT take credit cards or Interac. The Salmonberry Bistro is planning on being back at the marina for the Coho Derby so it will be available for early morning coffees and quick breakfast sandwiches.

IMPORTANT INFO: Port Renfrew marina is closing this year on October 12th. Please make sure you are aware of this date to make arrangements to pick up your boat or unit or make arrangements for winter storage. If a boat or unit is not picked up it will be assumed you are wanting winter storage and the fees will apply.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 8/14

September 9th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are reporting up to 10 hookups a day right now. Logan Creek and Camper Creek seem to be the hot spots but Owen Point just opened so that  is worth a try. Red/gold flashers with any glow head on a 7 foot leader is working well. Some teaser heads that are getting lots of feedback are the new Snotty Nose, No Bananas both glow and UV and Alligator.

Coho fishing is good but the strong easterly winds the last few days has made it hard to get offshore. Hoochies on a very short 2 foot leader fished down 40 to 60 feet seems to be the ticket. Remember as of Sept.7th you are now allowed four Coho per day, 2 of which may be wild.

Notable Catches:

  • Lacey Telford  30

A great day fishing

Lacey Telford 30







Upcoming Event: For Port Renfrew Marina we have one more event before our season ends for 2014. Coming up on October 4th and 5th will be our annual Coho “Winner Take All” Derby. This derby is probably our most popular one of all with anglers from all over coming in the hopes of winning a lot of money bringing in the biggest Coho. Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 from each ticket going to the local hatchery. Tickets will be sold only at the marina the week of the derby. Winning pots vary depending on the amount of tickets sold but the average pot is around $9,000.0 to $10,000.00. The largest pot one year was $13,800.00. From what we have seen of the Coho fishing so far there should be plenty to catch. We have had a some weighed in at 10 to 13 pounds so far.

Port Renfrew Marina Closing Correction: Port Renfrew marina will be closing on October 12th this year, NOT on October 13th as stated before. We will be closing on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Monday. If you have a boat in storage please make sure you come and settle up your account and have your boat removed. If you are wanting winter storage for your unit please also make arrangements before the office closes for the season. Storage is to be prepaid.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 2/14

September 3rd, 2014

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing greatly improved for the long weekend and for the Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby. Though the majority of fish from the beach were teenagers there were quite a few limit catches. In the day and a half derby there were 150 fish weighed in making it one of the best derby’s, fish wise that we have had in recent memory. The new teaser heads, Snotty nose and No bananas both in glow and UV are producing, also many favor the bloody nose and there is a new one called Alligator.

East Point has been good early mornings all the way into Woods Nose boundary sign. Rockpile to Camper remans very good for an afternoon bite. Logan to Walbran can be red hot one day and cold another so if there are no fish being caught a move east is a good idea.

Coho Fishing as expected is picking up nicely, even onshore for the past few days. Offshore in the 400 o 600 foot depth range fishing is very good. Spoons and hoochies trolled 40 to 60 feet on the downrigger are working well. As of September 1st you can keep one wild and one hatchery anywhere but that changes on Sept.7th so please check with your regulation book and the area you are in.

Sockeye fishing was pretty much a bust this year unless you were fishing on the inside of the island. One day the test boats brought in 1100 and we all thought they were coming, then less than a week later they did another test and after a full day they only had 13!!

Halibut daily limits as of September 1st increases to two per day per angler. The size restrictions remain the same. We will supply an inshore halibut report next week. Again please check your regulation book and or call fisheries for clarification on rules and regs as they seem to change faster than a person can keep up with them.

Notable catches:

  • Chris Ford    32.5
  • Eric Eckdahl   35  neither in derby

Chris Ford 32.5












As most all of you know Port Renfrew Marina held the 17th annual Labor Day Derby this past weekend. This derby has become a really welcome event for all the loyal attendees and never lets anyone down for a good time and a memorable event. This year we had a few less tickets sold but having said that there were still 272 sold and a wonderful assortment of amazing prizes that seem to get better with each passing year. Almost everyone goes home with a prize. The fishing improved the day before the derby started which helped bring the spirit up for everyone in the derby. The top three winners were:

  • Hugh Hamar  31.9
  • Arnie Morris   28.10
  • Ken Gillard    26.14
This year Port Renfrew Marina made the decision to allocate some of the fundraised monies from the derby to the B.C. Wildlife Federation. On behalf of it Paul Ricard from the Sports Fishing Advisory Board accepted the check in the amount of $5000.00 and it will be used to help cover their legal fees defending the halibut quotas for sports fishermen in B.C. through their efforts they won the court case and were able to retain the 3% in the quota. Scroll across the pictures for details.
Port Renfrew Marina’s Labor Day derby was another success, although the money raised was less than the previous year, given the attendance being 30 less tickets everyone made a great effort to help us bring it as much as possible to help the BC Wildlife Federation and also the local hatchery here in Renfrew. After all is said and done we were able to raise $8473.00. The Cusinart BBQ donated by Audie Williams, founder of the Davey Derby raffle made $1360.00 and the Gift Basket donated by the Port General Store raised $630.00. Besides the derby we now have the annual adult bullhead derby on the Sat. night with it bringing in $604.60. A big thanks to Val MacDonald and Gail Kerrone who take the time and effort to put this together. It was discovered that the bullheads are also few and far between as some caught none. They seem to be as scarce as the springs this year! The kids bullhead derby was also a fun event for the little ones who look forward to it for weeks. They also found almost no bullheads but still had fun.  For the first time was a tie for the girls.

Ryder Muralt Boy winner

Val MacDonald & Gail Kerrone

Two Girl Winners

Again a derby is only as successful as its donators and the participants and we have a long list of the people and businesses who were generous enough to help out with a donation. As times are tight for many businesses we appreciate it even more and we send out a big thank you to all of them. Please forgive us if we forget to mention anyone and if so please let us know and it will be corrected. A very special thanks go out to Vic Gee, Odd Johansen, Larry DeFrane, Chris Arnold, Sharon Winters, Steve Holgate, Grant Hilliard and Don Colegrave for all their efforts in helping to find donators and doing the thankless job of running around picking up.
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Upcoming Event: Coming up on October 4th and 5th Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s annual Coho “Winner Take All” Derby. When it comes to derbys, this one is crazy popular! Every year we get fishermen from everywhere wanting to fish in this derby. The rules are the same, biggest Coho wins the pot. Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the hatchery. This a great way to finish off your fishing season in the Renfrew area. Where can you go for two days and fish your heart out for $25.00 and maybe go home with a huge pile of money? Usual take home wins are around the $10,000. range, the amount depending on tickets sold. Since the Coho fishery seems to be increasing we are again hoping for a great derby with maybe some big ones showing up.
Important Info: This year Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 12th. Please remember to come in before closing an settle any outstanding accounts and please remember we are a cash business only. We appreciate the effort to settle things before we close for the season.
Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.7/14

August 7th, 2014

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing has improved. Though it is not what it usually is for this time of year and this seems to be the case almost everywhere you ask about. We saw some limit catches of nice springs, mostly from the Walbran Creek area. Fishing was best in the shallower water, close to shore. East Point has improved and should get better as the Botanical RV net pen fish show up to wait for the rains.

Sockeye fishing is improving on a daily basis.The run is predicted to peak around the 15th of August. The fish are being caught in the 400 to 500 depth of water, fishing 40 to 80 feet down. Pink and purple haze hoochies are the lures of choice. As of August 12th the Sockeye arriving at the dock is increasing as the days go by.

Coho are being caught on a regular basis now. Hatchery fish up to 12 pounds are being taken by anglers fishing for Sockeye. It should be a great fall Coho year, which could predict great results for our annual Coho “Winner Take All” derby we have each fall. This year the derby falls on October 4th and 5th, a week before the marina closes for the season.

Notable Catches:

  • Rob Swanson   32
  • Arron Marsden   33
  • Chris Ford   32.5
  • Glen Clements  34

Clements family and first crab

Glen Clements 34

Arron Marsden 33

Upcoming Event:  Coming up on August 30th and 31st Port Renfrew Marina is having it’s 17th annual Labor Day Derby. This derby is our biggest one we hold and at the $60.00 ticket (per rod) price you get a Port Renfrew Marina custom t-shirt, dinner, beverages, and a live band on Sunday the 31st. Tickets are only available at the marina in the office and will be available about one week before the derby. This derby has many prizes, raffles, live and silent auctions. We also have a fun bullhead derby for children 12 and under on the Sunday morning at 9:00. The winners, 1 boy and 1 girl, with the most bullheads wins a trophy and prize. Goody bags are given for all who attend. Last year we had an adult bullhead derby for fun and it was a huge success, so plans are in the making for another one. What makes a derby a success, besides the people participating is the generous donations made by people and businesses so please if you are able to consider a donation or know a business you think would be willing, please contact us in the office.

Other event: Also coming up later on Oct. 4th and 5th is our annual Coho “Winner Take All” derby. Tickets for that will be $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery. Where can you go and have two days of fishing, no stress and possibly go home with a large chunk of money for a $25.00 investment?? Previous years have had winnings from $5500.00 to almost $14,000.00 with the average wins about $10,000.00!

Please remember that for any derby or stay with us you will need to know we do NOT take credit cards and you will need to bring cash with you. We are a cash business so we offer the service of an ATM in the office. It is the only one in town. Also a reminder, if you don’t already know, Port Renfrew Marina is no longer a vendor for fisheries so we can not sell fishing licenses. For regulars and people that frequent the marina they know this but if you have friends or relatives that you think may be coming to the marina or anywhere to fish it would be best to let them know before they head out.

Regarding the campfire ban, so far Port Renfrew Marina is ok. We are in what they call the fog zone so until we hear differently campfires are allowed. You will need to bring your firewood with you as we are out.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 31/14

July 31st, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina and the general area Chinook fishing remains steady. Not red hot consistently but most anglers are returning with fish. Walbran and Logan Creek see most of the action though with the San Juan fish starting to stage for the river, EastPoint to Woods Nose are worth a look.

The Bank remains the hot spot but with this hot weather comes the fog! The “chicken ranch” is right in the freighter lane so make sure you monitor your radar.

Good day at Swiftsure Bank


Great News! Sockeye opens on August 1st! You are allowed 4 of these delicious beauties a day! Of course small pink hoochies or plain black hooks behind a flasher is the package. Note: put down as much gear as possible and don’t stop to play your fish, keep them following your gear.



A reminder: Coming up in a month Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s 17th annual Labor Day Derby. The date is August 30th and 31st. Tickets are $60.00 a rod and includes a t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band on Sunday the 31st. There will be prizes for first, second and third and others, silent and live auctions, raffles and more. We will have a bullhead derby for children under 12 and since the adult bullhead derby went so went over the last two years we will be holding that as well. At this point Port Renfrew Marina has two items for raffle. One is a beautiful large Cuisinart BBQ with a convection oven heat with the lid down, 3 burners inside, a side burner, a rotisserie and storage below, donated by Audie Williams founder of the Davey Derby. Value: $500.00 tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. The other item is a large gift basket FULL of great things, bottle of Baileys, 2 bottles of wine, one red, one white, a bottle of Palm Bay and a new liqueur, Criollo, a salted caramel with hints of chocolate, delicious over ice cream or in coffee. A 1  pound box of Purdy’s chocolates, plastic margarita glasses, colorful acrylic plates and condiment dishes, acrylic picture frame, cedar salmon wraps, jams, and many more items. Donated by Port Renfrew General Store. Value $300.00 tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Tickets available at the office. Proceeds go to salmon enhancement.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 27/14

July 27th, 2014

Chinook fishing along “the beach” continues to be fair and generally poor by July standards. The weekend we have seen a few more showing up on the docks. The weather has improved with the fog being higher. We have been experiencing some really low morning tides again so things may improve once they pass. Offshore at the “chicken ranch” spring fishing is on fire! Limit catches are the norm with the average size getting larger on a weekly basis. Spoons and hoochies are the lures of choice. The fish are feeding on herring offshore and needle fish inshore.

Coho are getting larger with some if the hatcheries getting up to 8 pounds. Remember hatchery only unless you are fishing area 121, Swiftsure Bank where you are allowed 1 wild Coho per day.

Halibut focus is now at the J Bouy and the “chicken ranch.” High slack is the time to put the grubs or herring to the bottom. With the slower currents the NE corner and area 170 will all be fishable.

Notable Catches: 

  • Mark Gagen    32
  • Roy Flower     36  apologies for the head cut off!!
  • Mike Cozart    31
  • Manny Gavilan   33  photo not available at this time

Roy Flower 36

Hamer family day of fishing

Mark Gagen 32

Mike Cozart 31














Note: Please note Port Renfrew Marina can no longer offer fishing license services.Please make sure you get your license before arriving at the marina. They can be done at home if you have internet and a printer or check around at sporting goods stores for who offers the service.

Upcoming Event: On Aug.30th and 31st of this summer Port Renfrew Marina will be holding it’s 17th annual Labor Day Derby. Yes, it’s only a little over a month until Labor Day, time is flying by! Tickets will be available at the marina only for about a week ahead of the derby. Tickets are $60.00 a rod and include a t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band on the Sunday night and a reminder that we are a cash business so please bring cashfor your ticket and stay.  This derby is to raise funds for salmon enhancement and to help the local hatchery. We have many prizes, raffles, live and silent auctions. This year we have two items so far that we are raffling, one is a large Cuisinart stainless steel BBQ with convection cooking with the lid down, a side burner and its a beauty. Value $500.00 tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. Donated by Audie Williams the founder of the Davey Derby. The other raffle item is a large gift basket full of great things, a bottle of red wine, a white wine, a bottle of Baileys, a bottle of Palm Bay pink grapefruit vodka that is a great summer drink which can be mixed with just about any light pop or juice and a bottle of Criollo which a salted caramel liqueur with some chocolate flavors, a one pound box of Purdy’s chocolates, two pretty acrylic plates and condiment dishes, an acrylic picture frame, cedar wraps for baking salmon, Kicking Horse coffee beans and an assortment of many other items. Value $300.00 Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Donated by the Port Renfrew General Store. A derby’s success is dependent on the generosity of many different people so at this time we ask that if you or someone or a business you know that may be interested in giving a donation of any kind please contact us in the office or by email and we can supply you with a letter. All donations are recognized at the derby and on the website and we encourage all our customers to show appreciation of donators by patronizing their business.

Other Upcoming Event: Nearing the end of our season Port Renfrew Marina will be also having their annual Coho “Winner Take All” derby. This derby is slated for Oct. 4th and 5th. Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 a rod going to the hatchery. This derby is very popular also and the winner can be going home with a ton of cash! Winnings often run around $10,000.00 of course the amount won will be based on the number of entrants.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report July,17/14

July 17th, 2014


The Chinook fishing has slowed down some recently.We believe that the “super moon” in connection with the “super” low tides we have had, sometimes running for seven days straight, have put the brakes on some previously great fishing. The “chicken ranch” at Swiftsure Bank continues to produce small Chinooks (teens), hatchery Coho and small to medium halibut. With the weather warms up and gets hotter than normal in that area it then brings fog in, so make sure you are fully equipped electronically to fish in the area where you are close to the freighter traffic.

Onshore with the mellowing of tides the spring fishing should improve. While anchovies are still the preferred bait of choice, some anglers have had good luck with white hoochies. If fishing is slow try using some of those lures you have bought and never used. Some anglers have said that the fishing has been better in the afternoons. For the next few days we will have no low tide issues so things may be improving in that respect.

At Port Renfrew Marina we held our first ever Chinook Salmon Derby on July 12th and 13th, this past weekend. We were hoping to help reduce the disappointment of the well loved and missed Davey Derby. While we knew we couldn’t match the level of that derby, Audie Williams always did an amazing job. Well, for a first time derby with a little less than a month to prepare and plan and get word out, the derby went well. Even though fishing was quiet, there was a decent turnout with 124 tickets sold bringing in $3100.00. The winner in first place was Reid Warren with a 31.8 spring winning $1550.00, with Mark Saunders coming in second with a 31.7 winning $930.00 and Kevin McKenna coming is third and winning $620.00. The side bet winner was Scott Campbell with winnings of $590.00. The portion from the derby that goes to the local hatchery is $710.00. Everyone was pleased with the winning amounts, not bad for two days of fishing even if it was quiet. Looks like we will try and have another one next year and it will likely grow as the Coho “Winner Take All” derby has over the years.

Notable Catches:

  • Brian Paulson  32  caught before derby
  • Reid Warren    31.8
  • Mark Saunders  31.7
  • Rick Stubbs  31.5   not in derby!
  • Scott Campbell 31.7

Reid Warren 31.8

Kevin McKenna 27.1

Rick Stubbs 31.5

Scott Campbell side bet

As the summer comes into full swing and is reaching it’s half way mark Port Renfrew Marina wants to remind everyone of up coming events. Coming up on Aug.30th and 31st we will be having our 17th annual Labor Day Derby. This derby is well known for being a great derby, there are raffles, silent and live auctions and many hidden weight and misc. prizes given out. On the second day of the derby we have included in the derby a t-shirt, dinner, a beer garden and live band. The monies raised for this event are all for salmon enhancement also. Last years donation to them was in the $27,000.00 mark! Tickets will be available at the marina shortly before the derby starts. Then Port Renfrew Marina will be having its annual Coho “Winner Take All” derby. This derby is extremely popular. Tickets will be sold as usual at the office and the dates for this derby are October 4th and 5th. Winnings for this derby have been at the lowest $5300.00 all the way to $13,800.00 with the average winnings being around $10,000.00. Again not bad for two days of doing something you love….fishing.

Winner of the Bradley smoker was Dennis Murray.

Bud & Rex