At Port Renfrew Marina Coho fishing remains strong and will only get better into October. Right now they average 4 to 7 pounds with the occasional teenager being caught. Teenres and over 20 pounders will be showing up in the next 2 to 3 weeks just in time for Port Renfrew Marina's Coho Derby "Winner Take All." Offshore at 450 foot to 550 foot depths are getting the most action, at about the 37 to 120 foot depth on the downrigger. Apex's in green, gold and clear with UV, spoons, hootchies and Baitrix with or without a flasher are all producing fish.
Inshore, even in as little as 6 feet of water surface trolled lures are starting to work at a fast troll. Start dusting off the bucktails, it's going to be an epic fall Coho fishery!
The weather has been amazing this year for late summer and early fall. With little or no rain we should expect great fishing for the Coho. There is a concern for enough water for the springs to get up river, at this point it's not possible for them.
- Erika Jamieson 37
Cort Watt with days catch from a halibut trip before the closure.
- Coming up on September 29th and 30th will be Port Renfrew Marina's Coho Derby "Winner Take All" Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hachery. Times are dawn to 6:00 pm on the 29th and dawn to 1:00 pm on the 30th. tickets available on the Firday before and Sat morning BEFORE your boat has left the docks. Coho regs for the derby dates are 4 allowed, 2 can be hatchery and 2 can be wild, the wild must be caught inside the bay. The winning amount of money will be determined with the amount of entrants. It has never been below $5500.00 and the biggest amount won $13,880.00! With the Coho fishery doing so well it's likely we will have a big turnout, meaning a big pot to win!
- Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 14th. All units and boats must be removed on or before that date unless winter storage has been arranged and paid for. Check the rates page for power this winter as it has gone up.
- On Oct 1st the Cookshack will be closing for the season. At this time it is unclear as to whether it will reopen next year.
Bud & Rex