Port Renfrew Marina Report August 6/19

As most of you know, this has been a season where DFO has thrown us a few curves when it comes to Chinook retention.

First, after imposing a non retention of Chinook order on Area 20-1 until July 15, they hit us with an 80 cm slot size limit three days before the non retention order was to be lifted. Next on the afternoon of July 14, an order was imposed on 20-1 reducing the daily catch limit of Chinook from two per day to one. After being challenged on this latest last minute change, DFO did issue a "correction" to that notice and WE CURRENTLY HAVE A TWO PER DAY CATCH LIMIT.

During the period of the slot size limit, fishing was very good and in particular the cut pluggers did very well with a lot of bigger Chinooks during that time. We have reports of Chinooks with estimates of weights up to the low forty pound range and numerous fish in the thirties. Although there are still some fish in that range, we have been seeing lots of "cookie cutter" fish in the fifteen to twenty pound range in the last couple of weeks. Anchovies trolled behind flashers remains the most popular technique for catching these fish. Lately there has been lots of baitfish in our waters. We expect the good fishing to continue until the Labour Day weekend as it typically does.

The Swiftsure Bank Halibut fishery has remained consistent through the first one half of our season with lots of "chicken" halibut and also numerous larger fish in the forty to fifty pound range have been taken.

The Dungeness Crab fishery which was outstanding earlier this year, has dropped off lately with an abundance of female crabs being caught and released.

The Marina and Camp ground are currently quite busy with most of our sites with power and water occupied. Having said that, dry camping sites are always available along with daily and monthly moorage.

Our annual Labour Day weekend Derby takes place on August 31 and September 1 this year.

Hope to see you soon


Port Renfrew Marina Report June 24/19

To begin with, let me apologize for the delay in getting this update to you. We have been busy at the Marina this Spring with maintenance and other onsite upgrades which will hopefully improve the experience here for both campers and boaters.


As most of you know, the long awaited DFO fishing plan was announced and later posted a few weeks ago. Although the Port Renfrew area did end up having some restrictions placed on the early season Chinook fishery, we did fare better than the immediate area to the East, particularly Sooke and Victoria. A non retention of Chinook order is in place until July 15 after which anglers will be able to retain two Chinooks per day. Coho salmon are currently allowed to be retained as long as they are marked fish with the adipose fin removed with a limit of two fish per day.

Having said that, a catch and release Chinook fishery is  taking place here now. Generally we have seen spotty fishing results for the first six weeks of our season which started on May 1st. Fishing has noticeably improved since June 15 particularly for some of our die hard cut pluggers some of which have reported having hooked and released half a dozen Chinooks in a day. This trend is expected to improve as we are now seeing an abundance of bait fish in our area.

The early season Halibut fishery has generally been consistent on the days when the fishermen can get out to the grounds as we have seen our share of windy days since opening.  Lots af Hali's in the forty to sixty pound range have been taken by those who have endured the weather. Some of the local guides are now reporting good returns of smaller "chickens" from Swiftsure Bank recently. Fishing for Ling Cod and other rock fish has been slow so far, however one bit of good news here is that the area immediately to the East of San Juan Point which was closed last Summer to all fin fish angling, will now once again be open to ground fish angling. The Providence and Sombrio areas which  traditionally have been popular for Lings and ground fish are now open. Chinook fishing in that area will remain as non retention until August 1 when a one fish per day terminal fishery commences, followed by a two fish per day limit after the end of August.


Our campsite is now relatively full with our seasonal guests many of which have been coming for years however there are still unserviced sites available along with a few sites serviced with power and water. Our newly reconfigured launch ramp is now operational which we expect will speed up the launching and haul out times.

Camp fires are currently still permitted although with the dry weather conditions we have been experiencing, those regulations could change in the next few weeks.

 Thanks Rex!

Port Renfrew Marina Report April 18/19

Another season for Port Renfrew Marina is approaching very quickly. We welcome all our customers back for another great year of fishing and extend a welcome to any and all our new customers. We hope everyone will have a memorable summer at the marina. Please contact the marina to reaffirm your return for the season so your site will be kept for you.

There have been many changes made over the winter and more to come. The official opening this year is Wednesday May 1st. The marina will not be open before that date so be aware of times when you can enter to set up. Campsites have been moved or enlarged, fishing regulations have changed dramatically for this year and many other things will be changing or happening. There will also be some rate increases to some things, not all.

Please keep an eye out for another report detailing most of the changes to come in a weeks time and to get the info needed for the season. For info regarding when the marina is open or questions you may have please call Reid 250 483-1486 or Rex at 250 478-3674 or email at info@portrenfrewmarina.com


Port Renfrew Marina Report. Nov. 16/18

At Port Renfrew Marina we held our annual Labor Day Derby back on Sept 2 and 3, Labor Day weekend, as anyone who fishes out here knows. The goal was to raise funds for salmon enhancement and this year we donated to two great causes. One was Juan De Fuca Salmon Restoration Society and that donation was $10,000.00. The other organization was South Vancouver Islander Anglers Coalition to which we gave $5502.95.

See the email below sent to us from Mike Hicks who was instrumental in getting this initiative going.

Rex and Bud,

     Thank so much for starting us on our way with your huge donation. Thanks also for the referral to the Lake Cowichan Kinsmen Club.

Take Care


Below is a picture of our donation going to South Vancouver Islander Anglers Coalition to Glen Varney in the amount of $5502.95 in cash.

We are Port Renfrew Marina want to thank everyone who contributes to this derby each year, without individuals and businesses who generously donate goods or services this would not be possible and we thank all the people at the derby for opening their wallets and participating in our raffles and auctions! When you see what even a small group can accomplish it makes you appreciate and understand how important these events are. It sure makes all the effort to put these kind of events on worth it!!

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Oct. 19/18

At Port Renfrew Marina for 2018 we had a great Chinook season. Lots of fish though most were smaller than in the past, the averages were in the mid to high twenty pound range. The largest fish caught at the marina (that is recorded) was 38.5 caught by Gail and John Gordon. The spring fishing continued in to late September which was a real bonus.

For the months of May, June and July crab fishing was excellent! Lots of big ones and so sweet and tasty!

For Port Renfrew Marina this year was our first Sockeye run in eight years as the opening four years ago went down the inside and we missed out. This run we had was plentiful and although not big in size, the numbers were there and there were many happy anglers. Knowing it will likely be another four years for an opening had everyone hoping to get their limits.

Coho were a bit of a disappointment. They were around in good numbers until the rains hit, then they were gone up the river. It became a hit and miss experience. Too bad, as for a lot of fishermen this is their favorite fishery.

Annual fundraising: Over the course of Port Renfrew Marina’s season we had a few fundraising efforts for salmon enhancement. This year our grand total was $15502.95 which we were very pleased to see and want to thank all the businesses who donate to our derby’s and all the customers and people who contribute in one way or another to raise this money. This year we gave $10,000.00 to Juan De Fuca Salmon Restoration Society and $5502.95 to South Vancouver Islander Anglers Coalition. Another great year for donations and we thank everyone for helping, it isn’t just one or two people, when everyone pitches in and contributes in any way they can it all adds up to a successful effort!

We want to send out thanks to Todd Garrett for his help this year in getting the docks put away for the winter. We can always count on Todd to help when needed.

Important Notice: This year at the marina the gate will be kept locked with no vehicle traffic. If you need to come in and check on things you need to park and walk in. If for some reason you do need your vehicle then arrangements must be made with Reid, our caretaker, 250 483-1486. But in general there will be no traffic past the gate.

We at Port Renfrew Marina want to wish all our customers both past and present a safe, healthy and happy winter and we will see you in the 2019 season!

Bud & Rex