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Hot Coho Fishing

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Reports from Port Renfrew are that there are lots of coho salmon out front of the Bay of San Juan, in 400-600 feet of water.

Just in time for Port Renfrew Marina’s coho derby, Sat Sept 30 and Sunday Oct 1st. $25 a rod, with $5 going to San Juan Hatchery and the rest winner take all. The pot in prior years has topped $10,000, which is pretty decent for a day’s fishing — and you get to keep that big fish too!

More info on Port Renfrew Marina’s report page.

Remember the daily limits for coho in Port Renfrew are currently 2 per day hatchery marked fish only. (except in the San Juan Bay, where you can keep 4 total, 2 of which can be wild/unmarked)    But starting Oct 1, anglers can keep 4 coho per day in outside waters, one of which may be wild/unmarked.

Good luck out there!

[photo a screen shot from a Hindsight Fishing Charters facebook video, coho fishing in Bay of San Juan]

August Port Renfrew Fishing

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Some fantastic fishing reports coming out of Port Renfrew this week. The big spring/chinook salmon are here! Port Renfrew Marina is reporting daily limits for most boats, with salmon into the high 20s and some 30+ tyee’s.  They said “This type of success has not been seen in years. Feels just like the old days that brought everyone to Port Renfrew.”   Nice!

Steelhead Fishing

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

We are pleased to announce a new member of the Fishing Port Renfrew group.

Alex West of Steelhead Fishing Vancouver Island Adventures is passionate about freshwater fishing. This is a year-round river fishery:  salmon in August to November, steelhead from December to April, or trout from April into early summer.

The focus is in Cowichan and Port Renfrew.  For Port Renfrew, the San Juan is the biggest river, but the fishing action can be great on the smaller Gordon River, Harris Creek and Caycuse River.

Fly fishing is the specialty, but gear fishing is welcome too. Inflatable rafts are the tool of choice for floating the river.

Check out the video below for some South Vancouver Island river fishing action for steelhead.


Port Renfrew Coho

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Port Renfrew Marina hosted its annual coho derby last weekend. The winning salmon was over 19 pounds and the winner got over $12,000. Nice fish….nice haul! Great story too, read all about it here

Sept 2016 Port Renfrew Fishing Report

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The Port Renfrew Marina is reporting some excellent early Sept fishing. There are still nice spring/chinook salmon around, with a 37 pounder winning their Labour Day derby. Picture below….Brian Paulson is the lucky angler.

But the coho report is what is most stellar: “The real surprise is the Coho fishing.In the twenty years we have been here we have never seen this many, this large, this early. Lots of limit catches, with fish up to 19 pounds already! You can get them on the beach but the best place seems to be in 300 to 350 feet of water down 35′ to 40′. Spoons and hootchies in green, white or yellow seem to be working well. We would say that this is shaping up to be the best Coho year since 2000.”

That is great news, as Port Renfrew has in past been famous for the Fall coho fishing, with trophy size northern coho salmon, best on the west coast. The last few years have been a little slower, maybe this year they are back!

Their report states not too much halibut chasing going on lately, but that the currents are good in Sept, and with less fishing effort, there tends to be a few more around.

Good luck out there!

June fishing in Port Renfrew

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Lots of great reports for Port Renfrew fishing these days.  Swiftsure Bank is the spot, with lots of nice size halibut and mid-size chinook salmon.

Weather has been mostly sunny, but some blustery days on the water — so check the forecasts, plan accordingly, and be safe!

May Fishing in Port Renfrew

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

’tis the season once again.  The boats are back on the water, the sun is shining, great weather, great fishing.

Halibut are getting caught on Swiftsure Bank and along the shore spots. Here’s a couple beauties from Jolly Rogers Fishing Charters.

Not too many salmon reports lately, but most of the fishing effort has been for halibut. Will pass on reports as they arrive….or send in a report and we’ll post it up!

See you on the water.

November in Port Renfrew

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Fishing is pretty much done for the year in Port Renfrew, leaving the ocean to the surfers and storm watchers.

Deanna from “Love Sooke” visited Port Renfrew recently to check out the storm, finding some wild wind and waves at Botanical Beach.

If you do venture out, make sure you bring your rain gear though — as everyone knows, the Port Renfrew/Bamfield/Barkley Sound area is one of the rainiest places on earth. In the big storm on Nov 13th, Port Renfrew saw rain nearly 10mm/hour at one point and 50mm over the day (2 inches).  That’s a downpour!

And also…be very careful if you are visiting the exposed open ocean at Botanical or other spots. Waves come in sets, with gaps in between — meaning it may seem calm now, but in a minute or two there could be large waves. Also, rogue waves can happen, with one wave substantially larger than anything else.  Respect the power of mother ocean, keep your distance from the water’s edge.

Have fun!

Coho time in Port Renfrew

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The Swiftsure Bank season may be winding up, but the coho salmon fishing is just starting.  The fish are starting to move inshore and they will get bigger and bigger over the next few weeks, as they feed voraciously on anything they can get.  Which of course is good news for anglers, as hungry fish means great action!

As of Sept 11, you can keep 4 coho, wild or hatchery, to the west of Bonilla Point (area 121).  Otherwise, fishing closer to Port Renfrew you can keep up to 4 coho, 2 of which can be wild — but only if caught inside the harbour.  And after Oct 1, you can keep 1 wild, but only if caught outside the harbour. Here’s the regs.

Port Renfrew Marina’s coho derby is on Oct 3/4 this year … a winner take all event, always a good time. $25 a rod, with $5 going to the San Juan Hatchery (and some lucky angler goes home with a pretty good chunk of change in their pocket).

Have fun out there … ’tis the season for early winter storms, so watch the weather and be safe!

September Fishing is Good Fishing

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Fishing continues to be excellent ! Nice weather and a steady stream of Chinooks are coming into the docks. An abundance of Chinook in teens and twenty range are coming in as well as the occasional large ones up to 40 lbs. There are a few pinks around still but the bulk appear to have moved on making it easier to target the Chinooks without going through large amounts of bait. A few coho are showing up and are beginning to get into the low teens for size, although only the hatchery coho can be kept.

With a bit of rain and some salmon heading up stream soon this should also mean better and better halibut fishing as well throughout September.