Port Renfrew Fishing Information:
What To Know Before You Go
Fishing Licence and Regulations:
What to wear: Port Renfrew offers typical Pacific coast weather, meaning it can change every 5 minutes and you can have four seasons in one day. You should dress in layers, from shorts and a t-shirt up to sweater and foul weather gear (rain jacket, rain pants, rubber boots).
What to bring: Port Renfrew has a combined grocery store & liquor store where you can get whatever food & drinks you want. You can buy tackle, bait, and other fishing supplies at Trailhead Resort or at the Port Renfrew Marina.
Fishing Licenses: you can buy your license online in advance from DFO -- except non-residents, who must buy their license in person if they want to fish Swiftsure Bank. Trailhead Resort store is the only salt water fishing licence vendor in Port Renfrew (open 9am to 7pm, May-Sept).
Seasickness prevention: Swiftsure Bank is out where you can't see land and the open ocean swells can make people queasy — if you're not sure, then take anti-nausea medication to be safe.
- Transderm Scopolamine patch is the strongest option with best results.
- Bonine is recommended: it is non-drowsy and lasts 24 hours. Take one the night before and one the morning of your trip. (only available in USA now)
- Gravol is good too, but it causes drowsiness and only lasts 6-8 hours. MUST be taken a minimum of one hour PRIOR to departing.
Port Renfrew Fishing weather: click here for links to weather reports for Port Renfrew and southern Vancouver Island, including wind and wave forecasts.
REMEMBER YOUR FISHING LICENCE!
You can order yours online here