July27/09 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing Chinook fishing starting to improve. This past week there were far more spring salmon hitting the docks than in recent weeks. One problem is keeping your bait in the water without a Coho taking it. It is not uncommon to go through 3 to 5 packages of anchovies a day in order to get the springs. Coho are getting bigger with the hatchery fish in the 5 to 8 pound range being taken both on shore and at Swiftsure Bank.

Halibut fishing is still great at Swiftsure and are being caught both on the troll and jigging. No barndoors but lots of chickens. The exception is the picture you see on the report on Dwayne' Issac's 3 Halibut all over 100 pounds. (see last report for details)

Swiftsure is still the hotspot for Chinook. They are being taken on plugs, spoons and hootchies, the popular colors being in the whites with rainbow shades. They are finding them at a depth of about 170 feet on the downrigger.

Please Note: With the fog lately it is advised that you don't fish the "Chicken Ranch" without radar as the freighter traffic has been quite heavy.

Notable Catches:

  • Noel Atkin    32
  • Cory MacInnes   34
  • Marty Fladager   30
  • Rick Ditherbide    34
  • Rick Stubbs          36
  • Greg Grover     30, 33.5
  • Tim Wilkerson on charter with Millertime charters    44

Notice: Port Renfrew Marina is happy to announce we finally have our ATM up and running. So far, so good! The Davey Derby was held this weekend and we will have results and pictures in a weeks time or so. In the meantime you may want to check their website at www.daveyderby.ca Campfires are still allowed in the campground but with this heat please exercise caution!

Bud & Rex