As August comes to a close, Port Renfrew’s fishing remains excellent.
Kelly from Last Chance Fishing Charters says “Salmon fishing has been very consistent on Swiftsure Bank, and there have been plenty of halibut for those who take the time to anchor for them. Shoreline fishing for springs has recently slowed down a bit but should pickup on the next set of flood tides! Stay tuned for some of the biggest fish to pass through Port Renfrew this time of year!”
Jolly Rogers Fishing Charters reports that Chinook salmon have been biting better in the mornings lately, with halibut after. He figures salmon fishing should remain good through September.
Port Renfrew Marina also reports the recent trend is fewer salmon caught, but larger — just like in 2007, the best season in recent years, with the majority of the large chinook salmon coming in the first two weeks of September. The Marina’s reports that most of the action is coming from Logan and Walbran Creeks, but also that pink salmon abound everywhere. Anglers are regularly catching 30 pound salmon at Swiftsure Bank, which is a bonus. As well, halibut catches have been good and the crabbing is excellent. But if you want halibut, you better get out there before the September 5th closure! Just a few days left…
All in all, September can often be the nicest month of the year for salmon fishing in Port Renfrew, with all salmon species passing through. The weather is often very nice too, before the winter rains set in. So if you’re looking for some fishing action, get out there soon!