Spring fishing in Port Renfrew continues to be steady for Salmon and Halibut. Vicious Fish Charters reports Chinook being caught at the rock pile 66 ft deep on needle fish hoochie and halibut at the “Rabbit Ears” in 170 ft of water on herring.
The Port Renfrew Marina opened again on May 1st, so those of you with boats, it’s time to trailer them up to Port Renfrew and start chasing the great South-West Vancouver Island fishing once again. If you don’t have a boat, there is a group of great fishing guides waiting to take you out — see the Charters page for some recommendations and book your dream fishing day. Summer dates tend to fill up pretty fast, so don’t wait too late or you may miss out.
This is one of those recipes that is dead easy, but will make your guests go WOW. Make twice as much as you think you need, they will eat it all, and mop up the little bits left over too.
This cooking style is intended for a whole fish, with skin and head on. Works really well for a small salmon or a rockfish. However, it is also fine to use a filet of salmon or halibut.
Rub the inside of the fish or the filet with pureed ginger.
Steam the fish in a pot — use a vegetable steamer or anything to lift the fish out of the water. 7 minutes is enough for a small whole fish. Like always, it is better to slightly under cook fish than to over cook it.
While steaming, heat a half cup of vegetable oil with a few drops of sesame oil. Heat until hot but stop short of smoking.
While oil heating up, in a bowl add 1/4 cup of soy sauce and 3 tablespoons rice vinegar.
Dice a handful of cilantro and a handful of green onions. (rinse them before and let them drip dry…want them as dry as possible, not dripping wet)
Place steamed fish on a plate or platter. Put cilantro and green onions on top.
Pour the hot oil over top. This will sizzle the cilantro and green onions (which is why you want them dry, oil will explode any water left…so stand back and ensure nothing nearby that can get damaged from oil splatter).
Reports from Swiftsure Bank are that the fishing is about as good as it gets. Lots of salmon from 15-25 pounds. Lots of halibut to 40 pounds. If you are looking to catch some fish … it is prime time, now is the time to get out to Port Renfrew and get on the water.
A family and friends day of Port Renfrew halibut fishing with JR of Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures. Nice calm day, warm sunny weather, and steady action to keep everyone having fun. No luck with the salmon, but a few nice halibut for fish n chip dinner. Late May off Vancouver Island….very very nice.
Spring has sprung and we’ve got fishing fever … the only prescription is more cowbell.
Here’s a video of some highlights from the 2013 season for Hindsight Fishing Charters.
“John Wells shows his guests some fun out of Port Renfrew, on Vancouver Island’s south-west coast. Trophy Chinook (king) salmon, jumping coho (silver) salmon, halibut, and other creatures from the deep. Out at Swiftsure Bank or along the beach, it’s good times all day long! www.hindsightfishing.com”
Not a lot of fishing reports out of Port Renfrew yet, as it is still early season. Still, hearing of a few fun days from Hindsight Fishing Charters. A lot of halibut in close and some nice salmon too. Early season crabbing, as always, is incredible.
Access is an issue though as both Marinas aren’t open until May. Port Renfrew Marina says they will be around starting April 25th, but not officially open until May 1st.
Here’s an interesting video to wet your whistle. Taken in Alaska, depth 120 feet, on a sunny day. It is interesting to see the halibut’s behaviour in the water. The fun starts at around 4min mark. The halibut checks it out for quite a while before finally grabbing it. Then once hooked, fights hard. The video is impressive, in that it is aimed at the fish the whole time and also that it’s light enough to see at 120 feet.
It’s early in the season for both Halibut & Salmon but by the looks of the fishing it’s not.
The Salmon fishing on the beach has been good but lots of small fish. Feeders. If this wind would calm down for a day or two I could get out to the West and try for Salmon. I will be looking for the incoming migrating of the Columbia River Chinook over the next few weeks. If you want to find feeders just around Owen Point is a good bet fishing 70 ft. Remember the Underwater boilers or you will be leaving you leads behind. Top gear from Gibbs Delta Tackle this week has been Madi with the Coho Killer Irish Cream. Plus while anchored up We where jerk fishing with a Delta Tackle Jumbo Anchovie 10 oz. lost one nice Halibut on the trout rod plus put a nice dinner Chinook in the boat. I find the Green Glow in the Jumbo Anchovie works great for Halibut while the current is slack.
On the Halibut front, fishing is great. Down to the East you have great fishing off Jordan River. Sombrio has produced also over the last few weeks also.
The West is very good if you can get out between storms. We have been using Salmon belly, Large Herring with a Delta Grub
This time of year in Renfrew you need to pay attention to the weather. If coming up to Renny remember the Port Renfrew Marina is not open and we have no gas in town. The native ramp is open for launching.
Here’s something to consider for Swiftsure Bank when the coho salmon are everywhere — would be a good fishing challenge to land one while balanced on a surfboard. Or in the San Juan River mouth by Port Renfrew town, early September!
Anglers have been waiting for news about the halibut fishery for 2014. Great news that it has been announced a lot earlier than the last few years. Halibut fishing will open Feb 1st with the same rules as 2013. On April 1st, there’s a slight size increase. All great news for fishing in Port Renfrew!
The days are getting longer, the bulbs are starting to bloom, feels like we are turning the corner … looking forward to getting out on the water in Port Renfrew soon!
Halibut fishing will open for most of the coast on Feb. 1, 2014 until further notice, see restrictions below. FN0076 2014-01-31
Effective February 1 – March 31, 2014:
Maximum length is 126 cm.
The daily limit is 1.
The possession limit is 2, only one of which may be greater than 83cm in length.
The annual limit is 6 halibut per licence holder. Note: Any halibut caught during the period of Apr. 1, to Dec. 31, 2013 and Feb. 1 to March 31, 2014 will count towards the annual limit as authorized under the 2013/2014 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2013-2014 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on licence.
Effective Apr. 1, 2014 until further notice:
The maximum length is 133 cm.
The daily limit is 1.
The possession limit is 2, only one of which may be greater than 90cm in length.
Annual limit of 6 halibut per licence holder as authorized under the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2014-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on licence.