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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 10/14

July 10th, 2014

Port Renfrew Marina has been producing good fishing for a while now and along with the usual teenagers and ones in the twenties there seems to be a good amount of ones showing up in the 30′s and even a couple in the 40′s! The springs are here and just in time for the Chinook Salmon Derby this weekend! The derby is Saturday and Sunday and tickets are available at the office but also the early morning at Eagle Eye Sports and Wise-Buys Fishing Supplies after mid morning you will need to get your ticket at the marina if you haven’t picked some up yet.The office will be open a little later than usual to accommodate late arrivals and the office will also be opening early on Saturday morning for the same reason. We are going to have low tides this weekend so if you are planning on fishing Saturday be advised you will need to launch early, no later than 5:30 or wait until 11:00 so an early trip is necessary. Weather wise it is looking good with sunny warm skies and hopefully calm seas. ALSO make sure you have your fishing license already as the marina is no longer a vendor for fisheries. The best thing to do is to go on line and get it yourself but you need the computer with internet and a printer.

Notable Catches: 

  • Greg Wickland  31
  • Sharon Winters  32
  • Dave Mills & friend      a really good days catch

Greg Wickland 31

Sharon Winters 32

Dave Mills & friend







Phones: At Port Renfrew Marina we have and will continue to have ongoing issues with our phone system. If you are calling us and get a repeated busy signal then that means the phones are down. This can happen randomly. We apologize for the nuisance and inconvenience but there is not much that can be done. We try to get on it asap and normally things are up and running after a day or so.  When this happens the best thing to do is send an email as the internet while slow seems to hang in there.

Don’t forget: Port Renfrew Marina will be having its 17th annual Labor Day Derby coming up on Aug. 30th and 31st. This the one with the band, t-shirts, dinner, drinks and many prizes. Tickets will only be available at the marina. Then on Oct 4th and 5th we will be having our annual Coho “Winner Take All” Derby. Both derbys are a lot of fun and our focus is a relaxed atmosphere where everyone has a good time.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 7/14

July 8th, 2014

At Port Renfrew Marina the Chinook have arrived! It’s been a wait but now there are lots of smiles in spite of the rain with lots of limit catches hitting the docks. Early morning till the evening, all day had good bite periods. Owen Point to the Rockpile was the place to be at first light, later in the day Cullite and Logan Creek came on. Best depths seem to be the 27 to 47 feet on the down-riggers. Anchovies or herring are definitely the bait of choice! No word yet from fisheries as to a Sockeye opening, our suspicions is that if they do open it, it will likely be in August but unfortunately we are usually given only a few hours notice. When we do hear we will try our best to let everyone know asap.

Notable Catches:

  •  Hugh Hamer   32
  • Darren Keeler 38
  • John Gordon 41  40 1/2
  • Greg Wickland   31

Darren Keeler 38

John Gordon 41

Hugh Hamer 32







The “chicken ranch is still the place to be for quick catches of halibut and the teenager springs salmon. The action out there is very good. If the halibut slows there, a short move over to  bouy Julliet will produce fish.

Upcoming event:  This coming weekend Port Renfrew Marina will be having its first July Chinook Salmon Derby on July 12th and 13th. This derby is a simple affair with three top winners, first, second and third all cash prizes. The money won will be pending the amount of tickets sold and the winnings will be 50%, 30% and 20% respectively of winners. The tickets are $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the hatchery. Tickets are available at the marina office or Eagle Eye Sports in Sooke and Wise-Buys Fishing Supplies in Colwood. There will also be a side bet that could prove interesting. If the two fish you weigh in total of say 37 pounds and the winning fish are all under that weight then you could be the winner of the side bet without even having a fish that qualifies for the top three weigh-ins. The weather is supposed to be great so come and enjoy a couple days fishing and maybe go home with money in your pocket. But as the saying goes, a bad days fishing is better than a good days work so how can you miss? A reminder; the marina is a cash business so please realize that we can not take credit cards for payments, please come prepared.

Port Renfrew Marina is raffling a Bradley Smoker and the winning ticket will also be drawn on July 13th after the derby is done. This a top quality smoker with 4 shelves and can smoke all your fish and meats, whatever you like to smoke. The smoker retails for $550.99 and tickets are $5.00 for one and 3 for $10.00.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 4/14

July 5th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina fishing has started picking up.  Chinook fishing is showing to be improving on a daily basis. Yesterday there was quite a few salmon brought to the docks including a 38 pounder, a 32 and today a 41. So it appears that the salmon are arriving. Pictures and more info in a report coming up in a few days.


Port Renfrew Marina will be having the Chinook Salmon Derby this coming weekend after this one, on July 12th and 13th. The tickets are $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery to help support the growth and management of salmon in the northwest and Canada in general. Come and enjoy a couple days fishing and support a good cause at the same time. Check at the marina office, Eagle Eye Sports and Wise-Buys for details and tickets.

Bud &Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 30/14

June 30th, 2014

At Port Renfrew Marina and surrounding area the algae bloom for the last ten days or so has has slowed down the fishing badly. Zero visibility made it so that even if fish were around they could not see bait or lures easily. As of Sunday June 29th it appears that fishing has improved. There was a good bite at Camper Creek with Jordan Bruvold being the highliner of the day with a limit catch including a triple header for himself and his guest, all landed with the biggest at 34 pounds.

Notable Catches:

  • Jordan Bruvold     34

    Jordan Bruvold 34 and others

The predicted sockeye run is still supposed to be huge! Fisheries is still forecasting 72.5 million. Late July and August could be amazing!

Halibut fishing is fair right now. Some spots are red hot while just a half mile away it can be dead. Don’t be afraid to move and make the most of those ebb currents.

By now we are thinking that the word is out regarding the fact that Port Renfrew Marina is not able to sell fishing licenses. As we get busier we know people come looking for a license and we are hoping that the word is out there that we are not able to supply them anymore. Please pass the word along if you know of anyone who may believe they can get their license with us. You must purchase your license online and this can be done anywhere a person has access to a computer with internet and a printer. Check around as to who offers this service, as far as we know they are available at Island Outfitters, Eagle Eye Sports and Canadian Tire.

Important News: Port Renfrew Marina will be hosting an impromptu fishing derby on July 12th and 13th this year. Anyone interested can purchase tickets at $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to salmon enhancement. The are available at the marina office, Eagle Eye Sports in Sooke and Wise-Buys Fishing Supplies in Colwood. This derby is a simple affair with the top three prizes for first, second and third all cash winnings. Come enjoy a couple days fishing and maybe go home with cash in your pocket! Rules are posted at each site where tickets are sold.

For anyone who needed the ATM at the marina office we apologize for the down time. It is now up and running again.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 21/14

June 21st, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina and Renfrew in general Chinook fishing has been fair to good though the size of the fish remains on the smaller side, mainly in the teens. The runo f the 30 pounders from the about 1o days ago seems to have passed but with the usual predictability of Port Renfrew they will be here again and most likely soon.

Halibut fishing has improved now that the currents have slowed down. The regular spots off Carmanah and NitNat are still producing fish. The “chicken ranch” was slow for fish during the big tides and strong currents. Fishing is back on now. Calm seas and good tides are proving to be a great combination for spring salmon to 25 pounds and halibut to 40 pounds. Trolled hootchies are working for both.

IMPORTANT NEWS: On Friday the ATM at Port Renfrew Marina went down. The part has been sent on a rush courier but unfortunately with a weekend it will be at least Monday, possibly Tuesday before it will be up and running. We are sorry for the inconvenience and advise anyone coming to fish please bring cash as we do not accept credit cards and do not have an Interac machine. We will be getting the ATM up and running as soon as we can but it will be down for the weekend.

In each report we have posted the fact that Port Renfrew Marina no longer is able to sell fishing licenses. We hope that by repeating this information that the word gets out to everyone it may concern. Fishing licenses are available online only now and you can purchase a license wherever you can access a computer with internet and a printer. Please be sure to get yours before coming to Renfrew. We are aware that both Canandian Tire, Island Outfitters and Eagle Eye Sports offer that service. Please phone around and check what options you may have if you aren’t able to do one at home.

UPCOMING EVENT: Port Renfrew Marina has decided to hold a derby for the first time in July. The Chinook Salmon Derby will be held on July 12th and 13th and tickets are $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to salmon enhancement. This derby is a simple affair with a first, second and third place winner, each getting 50%, 30% and 20% respectively from ticket sales. We are hoping this will help a little to fill that big gap where the Davey Derby used to be held. There will also be a $10.00 side bet for the highest weight of the two fish weighed in over the two day event. Now this could be interesting because if a 35 pound salmon wins and the other fish that the winner caught was say 15 pounds then someone who caught say a 27 and 28 could win the bet. winnings will be gauged by ticket sales. Tickets are available at Port Renfrew Marina, Eagle Eye Sports in Sooke and Wise-Buys Fishing Supplies in Colwood. Come have a weekend of fishing, maybe win some money, help support salmon enhancement and have a good time.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June10/14

June 10th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina and area the Chinook finally showed up on Thursday, June 5th. The cleaning tables have been busy ever since. Needle fish spoons like the Coho Killers or Krippled K and 12 pack anchovies are the lures of choice right now. Luckily Owen Point to Camper Creek have been the hot locations, nice and close especially for the smaller boasts and easier on fuel consumption. 45 to 60 feet down was the magic depth but that can change daily.

Halibut fishing onshore had slowed slightly due to lack of current but undoubtably will have picked up by now. The “chicken ranch” is starting to turn on though you will have to fish as deep as 200 feet on your down-rigger some days. Monitor VHF channel 06 for daily chatter.

Notable Catches:

  • Ken Gillard    35
  • Glen Wilson  32

Important News:  Port Renfrew Marina is having a new derby this year to help take the sting out of the cancellation of the Davey Derby. This derby is the Chinook Spring Derby and is being held at the Port Renfrew Marina on July 12th and 13th. Tickets are $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to salmon enhancement. This derby is a simple affair with the prizes being for first, second and third only. For 1st place the winnings will be 50% of the total take from tickets sold, 2nd place will be 30% and 3rd place will be 20% of the total monies brought in. There will also be a side bet at $10.00 for anyone wanting to enter the combined weight of their 2 fish caught. The highest combined weight will be declared the winner and they will get the pot. Tickets will be available at Port Renfrew Marina 250 483-1878, at Eagle Eye Sports at 6734 West Coast Road in Sooke, the number there is 250 642-7983 and at Wise-Buys Fishing Supplies #102 1740 Island Highway in Colwood 250 590-6431. Regs will be posted at all locations.

At Port Renfrew Marina we are raffling a Bradley Smoker and selling tickets in the office. It is a 4 shelf smoker which retails for $550.99. This a perfect item to have if you are someone who enjoys smoking your own fish and meats. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.

A reminder: For all anglers out there we are letting you know that Port Renfrew Marina is no longer able to sell fishing licenses of any kind. PLEASE make sure you purchase your license elsewhere before coming out to Renfrew. They can be bought online anywhere you can have access to a computer and a printer. We are aware that Island Outfitters and Canadian Tire both offer that service for a small fee but of course they are available through your personal computer if you have one.

For anyone new to Renfrew we would like to let you know that we do have an ATM in our office (the only one if town) for customers and residents convenience especially since we are a cash business. We do not take credit cards and do not have interact. Please come prepared if you are planning on staying with us. We hope that everyone that comes to Renfrew will have a great fishing experience! If you are new to the area or just need some advice feel free to come by and ask for help. We are there to show you the do’s and don’ts of the area and hot spots.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report June 1/14

June 1st, 2014

At Port Renfrew Marina salmon fishing is still a bit slow but should turn on any day now. June Chinook feed mostly on needlefish so your tackle should match them. Coho killers, small strip and the 12 pack anchovies will all work.

Halibut fishing is still the best we have seen in the 18 years of running Port Renfrew Marina. As it is still too early for the “chicken ranch” all focus has been on the north side of the closure. The NE corner, the 170, the well and the flats between Carmanah and NitNat are all producing not only lots of fish but a good size average.Herring has been out fishing all other baits. Check out your fisheries guidelines book or go online to make sure you have the correct info on size and quantity for legal catches.

Crabbing has been spectacular but has slowed down to very good. It appears as though a third boat has moved into the bay so we will see what impact it will have.

Our 1st Summer/Spring Derby will be held this July 12th and 13th. It will be very similar to our annual Coho Derby we hold every fall. The cost will be $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to Salmon Enhancement. 50% of the total pot will go to the first place winner with the largest Chinook, 30% to the second place winner and 20% to the third place winner. There will also be an optional $10.00 side bet. The angler that weighs in the most weight for two salmon will win the total side bet pot. This derby was thought of to help dull the disappointment of a cancelled Davey Derby which we all loved. Lets hope we get a good turnout and raise some money to help keep salmon stocks going strong for years to come so not only we can enjoy the plentiful catches but future generations also! Lets hope that the fisheries is correct in their estimations and predictions of strong healthy runs this year.

As mentioned before, Port Renfrew Marina is no longer able to sell fishing licenses. We apologize for this inconvenience but with fisheries making licenses only available online now it is not possible for us to offer that service out there. Our internet does not have the band width to handle such use. PLEASE make sure you purchase your license before arriving to Renfrew and if speaking to anyone who you may think will be going out that way inform them also. We have tried to make this notice as public as possible but we know we can’t reach everyone.

Bud & Rex 

Port Renfrew Marina Report May 24/14

May 24th, 2014

It is hard to believe that Port Renfrew Marina has been open nearly a month already. The season is starting and already feels like it’s going fast. Most of our seasonals have arrived and people are settling in along with the arrivals of new customers eager to experience fishing in that area. Fishing is still very good for halibut mainly in the area between Nitnat and Carmanah. There is no need to go to the “chicken ranch” as yet. We feel that halibut fishing is one of the best years in quite a few years. There are a few salmon coming in and they are mostly in the teens, things should pick up for salmon in June. Crabbing is still good, you will see good days and off ones when the commercial guys hit the area but for the most part it’s still a predictable catch that you can expect.

We at the marina apologize for the phones. If you have tried to contact us over the last two weeks and got no where then you aren’t alone. It is very frustrating for all of us. We are out of the Telus area and they aren’t interested in coming there as yet since there isn’t the population or demand to make it profitable for them. Our system when put in was new but is now older and the main issue is we are not wireless so our phone lines and internet go down a fair bit. If you get a busy signal or it refuses to connect you then you will know it is the phones. This happens through out the year. Thanks for bearing with it as we have no other options at this time.

If you read the last report then you already know and if not then you will be aware that the Davey Derby has been cancelled this year. This derby was a lot of fun and so popular that the marina is hoping to hold a smaller derby this July to help dull the sting of missing it. This news of the cancellation of the Davey Derby came to us just two weeks ago so the derby we are planning is very impromptu. We have yet to come up with a name for it but it will be a derby for the largest Chinooks caught and there will be a prize for first, second and third place. The date of the derby so far is planned for July 12th and 13th. The tickets will be sold at the marina office and will be $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to Salmon Enhancement. The monies collected will then be divided for the winners. The amount decided on how many tickets sold. Sorry, there will be no side prizes or dinner, etc like we do for the Labor Day Derby. That derby is still going on as it does every year as will the Coho Derby in the first weekend of Oct. Tickets will only be available a short time before the derby. More info will be coming and hopefully a name for it and confirmation on dates, etc. Anyone wanting to know more can call the marina 250 483-1878 a little later on.

An important note to remember is that as posted, Port Renfrew Marina is no longer able to sell fishing licenses at the office. Fisheries has stopped offering hard copy licenses that they supplied to businesses. The only way to purchase or acquire a fishing license is to do so online. You can do this at home if you have a computer and printer but also anywhere public that offers access to customers such as a public library or a business such as Island Outfitters. We have heard that Canadian Tire offers this service also. Please make sure you arrive with your license before coming to the marina and if you aren’t able to get one before coming then you will need to find a place in the town where access is allowed to the public. If you are speaking to anyone regarding fishing in the marina’s area please give them the heads up on this new situation and hopefully we can get this news out there. We have been selling licenses ever since we have been there so this will be a big transition for some people and we do apologize for anyone coming in the future and getting this bad news. Unfortunately we have no other alternatives to offer people so they can avoid this issue.

We at Port Renfrew Marina look forward to seeing are returning customers and meeting all our new ones. May everyone have a great year filled with good fishing and safe boating!

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report May 16/14

May 16th, 2014

Port Renfrew Marina has been open now for a little over two weeks. Many of our customers are coming in and getting set up for the new season. There are also many new people inquiring so if you are a past seasonal please contact us if you haven’t already as the deadline for confirming your site has passed. The opening season is off to a great start, the halibut fishing is going very well and crabbing is great also. The area most popular for halibut fishing is mainly between Nitnat and Carmanah. There is nothing like the first fresh catches of the season for both of those. If fisheries is correct this could be a good year for salmon fishing also as they have predicted record runs in some areas.

If you have stayed at Port Renfrew Marina you will have likely noticed that we post that all recyclables collected go to helping a food bank down in Bucerias, Mexico where we usually holiday in the winter. This organization is run by a couple who now live there year round and they are tireless in their efforts to help the poor there. They are good people that take nothing for their time and costs such as fuel, etc. They feed over 140 families and try to help them find work if possible.

Food Bank

As many of you may know the Davey Derby usually held at Port Renfrew Marina has been cancelled. Audie Williams who has organized and run this derby for the past 13 years has retired himself from this huge job and as it grew in popularity it was a very huge job! Since this derby will be missed by so many, Port Renfrew Marina is planning a simple derby in July to help fill that gap because who doesn’t love a derby!? So the plan is to have a derby the weekend of July 12th and 13th. We have no name for the derby as yet and it is in the early planning stages and we will confirm all the info in a week. This derby will be somewhere in the lines of the Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho derby only the fish in question will be springs of course. A two day event with a percentage of the ticket sales going to first, second and third place winners. Keep an eye out for upcoming info once we have worked out the details.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Report April 24/14

April 24th, 2014

The new season of 2014 is up on us for Port Renfrew Marina. We open officially on May 1st as we do every year but if you come out to the marina this weekend you will find us out there. We are in the process of slowly getting things organized for the season. Here’s hoping the weather is decent, we do know that fishing is good for halibut and crab. There was a 24 pound spring caught last week so there are a few of them around also. So if a little … or a lot of rain falls at least there is fish out there. Unfortunately, even with the heavy winter rains the sandbar seems to be in the same condition as last year, if you are unsure of how to get out the river please check with us in the office. Fishing is expected to be possibly off the charts this year as fisheries has predicted over 73 million in Sockeye alone and it appears that Nitnat is also predicted to have a unprecedented amount of Chinnok this year. It could be a record year!

There are a couple of things new that we would like to inform our customers of. One is we discovered just two weeks ago that fisheries is not selling hard paper fishing licenses anymore. This means they are only available on line which for Port Renfrew Marina that means we will no longer be able to sell licenses to our customers. PLEASE make sure you purchase your license before you come to Renfrew. You can do this at home, probably the easiest, or at any public place where there is use of a computer and printer. We apologize for the inconvenience but it is not possible for us to do licenses this way.

Another big change this year is there will be no Davey Derby this year. Audie Williams has done this huge job for 13 years and has retired himself now. Unless someone steps up to take on this endeavor there will be no Davey derby. At this point it is not scheduled. This was a fun derby with awesome prizes so it will be missed but we guess all good things do come to an end at some point in time. A big thanks to Audie for all he did over the years. Port Renfrew Marina is still planning on having the Labor Day Derby on the long weekend and the Coho Derby the first weekend in Oct. that date to be determined.

We want to take this time to thank a few people who donated their time to help us put the docks back in for the year. A big thank you goes out to Reid Warren, Dave Mills, Odd Johansen and Eric Eckdahl.

As every year we ask that all seasonals and even monthly customers to please contact us as soon as possible to let us know if they are returning and wanting their spot. This is critical as we have new people every year waiting for a spot and are anxious to get in. The phone number at the marina will be in operation on April 26th, the number is 250 483-1878 or you can call Desi our caretaker at 250 483-1486 and leave a message. A reminder that anyone with power must have a large cord of size 10 or 12 to keep the power safe. Anyone using small cords or many extension cords will be unplugged as it is very unsafe and causes power surges an can even start a fire.

Please review our rates page. Everything is the same as last year except our seasonal rate has gone up $100.00 for the season.

We look forward to meeting our new customers and getting to know them and we welcome back all our regular customers and look forward to seeing everyone again. We will have the same familiar faces there with Knut helping out also. Hears to having an excellent year with good safe fishing and maybe calm seas, some sun and warm skies thrown in if possible!

Bud & Rex