2020 Port Renfrew Reports

Discussion in '2020 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. SFBC

    SFBC Admin Staff Member

    Post your 2020 fishing reports here!
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  2. KCW

    KCW Active Member

    Does anyone know how the marinas fared in the flood last weekend ? My brothers property on island road was under 3-4 feet of water or more
  3. ReelSlim

    ReelSlim Crew Member

    I just checked out the webcam at Pacific Gateway Marina and looks like it's good. Not sure about up the river though.
  4. Fins -n- Skins

    Fins -n- Skins Well-Known Member

    San juan river was up to 9.0 m as of Saturday morning. I,ve never seen it go above 7- 8m before. Usual flow height is 2.5
  5. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Can you imagine the eggs that will get blown out ?
  6. KCW

    KCW Active Member

    The Port Renfrew Marina is fine , doesn't look like any flooding occurred . Cant say that for the properties on island road that goes along the main channel of the San Juan . The area is prone to some flooding and Owners usually put machinery and other Stuff up high , didn't help this year :(
  7. BCBill

    BCBill Member

    I was thinking about a trip to Renfrew in a couple of weeks but read yesterday that the town is pulling in the welcome mat for now. Hopefully my usual May long weekend trip may be back on by then but if not I will continue to practice what I preach to the grandchildren, fishing is all about patience. :)
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  8. kingspring

    kingspring Active Member

    Any rumblings from Port Renfrew Marina?
    Be good to see Rex and crew again, at a distance of course. Where’s that Jackel when you need some good old heated weight chuckin fun?
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  9. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Isn't the current Chinook retention closure impacting that area ?
  10. ReelSlim

    ReelSlim Crew Member

    I'm not sure about the Port Renfrew Marina. I have annual moorage at Pacific Gateway Marina and they are hoping for a June 1st opening as it stands right now...but that can change as we know.
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  11. ReelSlim

    ReelSlim Crew Member

    It is the same as last year I believe Scott. You can make a 30min run up the coast to avoid the closure...but not an option for everyone either probably. Although the town is on a bit of a lock down asking non residents to avoid coming to town for now. I have a place there but coming out right now isn't an option with work but looking forward to it when it happens. :)
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  12. kingspring

    kingspring Active Member

    This is true, as is the outbreak. The town is in stay away mode at present. June 1st is a good target date.
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  13. brutus

    brutus Well-Known Member

    The jackel was going out to chuck lead alright, but at 4 legged blackys lol, we are safe for another month or so i guess. Prm is shut down for another month or so, hoping for june 1
  14. RBL

    RBL Active Member

    RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Subject: FN0156-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish(Other than Salmon) - Halibut - Fishery Opening March 1, 2020

    For 2020, the recreational halibut fishery allocation is 877,750 pounds.

    The following measures will be in effect coast-wide as noted below:

    Open time:

    Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2020 fishing for halibut will be opened coast-
    wide until further notice.


    The 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport FishingLicences and Conditions of Licence,
    are in effect until March 31, 2020. The 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing
    Licences and Conditions of Licence are in effect onApril 1, 2020 until March
    31, 2021.

    Limits and sizes:

    Effective March 1, 2020 until further notice:

    - The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (97 cm head-off).

    - The daily limit for halibut is one (1).

    - The possession limit for halibut is either of:
    ---- one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm inlength (69 cm to 97 cm head-
    off), OR
    ---- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cmin length (69 cm head-off).
    - The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as
    set out on the 2019/2020 & 2020/21 Tidal WatersSport Fishing Licence.

    - All halibut retained by the licence holder between March 1, 2020 and March
    31, 2020 shall be immediately recorded in ink onthe 2019/2020 Tidal Waters
    Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-
    on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence.

    - All halibut retained by the licence holderbetween April 1, 2020 and March
    31, 2021 shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters
    Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which eachhalibut is caught and its head-
    on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence.

    - Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most
    forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.

    The exceptions to these openings are:

    Areas 121:
    No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121
    outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees
    34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at
    a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125
    degrees 01.687 minutes W.

    Area 121:
    Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a
    line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to
    48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48
    degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the
    International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes
    N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of

    Variation Orders 2020-RCT-062 (Close Time) and2020-RFQ-63 (Quota)

    Non-residents of Canada wishing to fish for andretain halibut in Management
    Areas 121, 23 and 123 must purchase an electronic licence through a Canadian
    Independent Access Provider (IAP). Find an IAPlocation from our web page:


    Note: Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) andGlass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures
    remain in effect - refer to the following web pages for descriptions:

    1)RCAs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-
    2)GSRs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-

    Anglers are reminded of the mandatory conditionof licence for the release of
    rockfish; all anglers in vessels shall immediately return all rockfish that are
    not being retained to the water and to a similardepth from which they were
    caught by use of an inverted weighted barbless hook or other purpose-built
    descender device.


    Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast - WCVI) – (250)756-7190, Erika Watkins
    (South Coast- ECVI) - (250)286-5882, Darren Chow (North Coast) – (250)627-
    3441, Greg Hornby (Regional RecreationalCoordinator) - (250)286-5886

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0156
  15. Northdogboy

    Northdogboy Member

    A friend and I are Kayak fishing. Looking for some ling cod and halibut. (small chickens are fine). Any general recommendation where to head to. We do a lot of saltwater fishing around Nanaimo but looking for some west coast spots.
  16. Dave001

    Dave001 New Member

    I would try Sombrio, hidden gem for halibut and cod. On the right day it’s protected from the wind but a haul to carry your kayaks down to launch.

    Let me know how you do, I’ve caught halibut anywhere from 65-80 ft of water there.

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  17. KCW

    KCW Active Member

    Jordan River you can drive right up to the beach , can be good for Hali at times not sure about Lings
  18. ReelSlim

    ReelSlim Crew Member

    Anyone heading out this week? With any luck I'll be putting in on Thursday and hope to have a report or two to post.
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  19. seadna

    seadna Well-Known Member

    It will be July before we on the WA side can launch at Neah Bay so very few US residents will be accessing Swiftsure until then. So for a brief period of time, you guys will have the place mostly to yourselves. I'll be looking forward to your reports from the area as a preview of what I might encounter on the bank when I'm allowed to get there.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2020
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  20. brutus

    brutus Well-Known Member

    Boat is going that way tomorow

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