Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 12/17

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing is fantastic! It remains surprisingly and happily strong. Fewer boats on the water do make for some relaxed fishing after the combat months of July and August. Springs in the teens to the high twenties are still hitting the dock making Chinook fishing last longer for the season. Best depths this week has been 60 feet down in 100 feet of water between the Rockpile and Camper Creek. Anchovies and spoons such as Coho Killers are still doing the trick. Some Coho are showing up but it is still early. Anglers casting from shore are starting to see some nice fish already which should indicate a good season this year. Today a 16 pound Coho was brought in to the dock! Looking like it could be a good year for Coho, lets hope so!

Notable catch:

  • Les Hilliard and his daughter Vida  4 springs biggest 28.5








Upcoming Event: Coming up in a month will be our annual Coho Derby "Winner Take All." This derby is on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Tickets will be available at the Port Renfrew Marina only and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. This derby is our most popular one we hold and we do get a huge turnout, the prize money is a cash payout to the person who catches the biggest Coho and the pot usually runs around $10,000 or more depending on attendance. Please remember we are a cash business and come prepared with cash and if possible small bills and change as it can be difficult for us since there is no bank in Renfrew!

Closing date: Well, it seems like we were announcing when the marina would be open for the season just a short time ago and now here we are posting the closing date. This year even though Thanksgiving is our usual closing date, the holiday is a week early this year. We were undecided as to whether we should close a bit earlier but our usual time is mid month and so that is when we will close the gate. This year the closing date is Sunday, October 15th. We ask that all our customers please make sure they have contacted us regarding any winter storage they may need for their unit and or boat. Winter storage is to be prepaid, if you do not contact us and do not remove your unit, winter storage rates will apply. We ask that all outstanding accounts be settled up before this date. Once we close if you need to come and check on your unit you will need to contact our caretaker, Reid Warren for access through the gate as it is kept locked. His number is 250 483-1486. Any person storing their unit on the marina property can stay overnight ONE night a month to make sure things are working correctly and your things are in order.

Bud & Rex