Ports Susan and Gardner - Marine Area 8-2

Marine Area 8-2 is located within Port Susan and Port Gamble north of a line from Possession Point to Shipwreck. Marine Area 8-2 provides good fishing opportunities for small boats and shoreline anglers that want to fish for bottomfish and both migratory and resident salmon. There is a small chinook fishery that starts in late May/early June and runs through the summer in the Tulalip Bubble. During odd years, an additional two pink salmon can be kept which gives new anglers one more incentive to get outside and on the water. Winter resident salmon fishing is a unique opportunity to catch salmon in the 'off-season' and typically runs from November through April.

Anglers who plan to fish for salmon in Canadian marine waters and return in their boats with their catch to Washington are required to notify WDFW before leaving state waters.

Legal description

Major fishing areas

Hat Island to Camano Head

Blackmouth, coho, and pink salmon can be caught between Hat Island and Camano Head, as well as south of the island. Lingcod, cabezon, and flatfish are often caught on the south side of Hat Island at Fish Haven Reef. This salmon fishery is closed during the summer 2017 to due to low runs of coho and pink salmon expected back to the Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers, however will open in November for Chinook.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Cabezon, Coho salmon, Flatfish, Lingcod, Pink salmon

Humpy Hollow

This is one of the most popular boat fisheries for pink salmon trying to catch the the large returns heading to the Snohomish and mid-Puget Sound rivers. Pink and coho salmon are caught in large numbers between Shipwreck and Elliot Point by trolling with downriggers. For pink salmon, use a flasher and small pink hootchie or spoon. Also consider casting at pink salmon with buzz bombs and other lures or jigs. This salmon fishery is closed during the summer 2017 to due to low runs of coho and pink salmon expected back to the Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers, however will open in November for Chinook.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Coho salmon, Pink salmon

Kayak Point

Fish at the pier or beach and use buzz bomb, other similar types of lures and jigs, and cut-plug herring to catch coho from September through mid-October and pink salmon from mid-July through September. This salmon fishery is closed during the summer 2017 to due to low runs of coho and pink salmon expected back to the Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers, however will open in November for Chinook.

Accessible by Shoreline
Enter Kayak Point County Park and park at the day use near the beach/pier; walk west to the beach or pier to fish. A county park pass is required. Please be respect and be aware of private property or tidelands.

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Species: Coastal cutthroat, Coho salmon, Pink salmon

Pink Salmon Fishing

During odd years, pink salmon returning must first pass through most of Puget Sound, making them accessible to small boat and shore anglers that uses only basic fishing gear and techniques. Pink salmon are not the strongest swimmers, so they often hug the shorelines and stay out of big rip tides. Best catch rates often occur in the mornings and evenings. The color pink is most commonly used for all lures and flies by anglers. Pink salmon are often mistaken for small wild chinook or even wild coho so be sure you know to properly identify it.

Boat Fishing
There are two main methods of fishing for pink salmon from a boat, trolling and casting.

  • Trolling uses a downrigger to get your tackle to the depth you want to fish. Most pink salmon are caught in depths of 20-60 feet. The key to trolling is using a small flasher of any color, which is an attractor for the pink salmon to swim along and hopefully strike at your lure. The most common lure is a pink mini squid (hootchie), followed by a pink spoon. Feel free to scent up your lure, however bait is not needed. Tie the lure 16-24 inches behind the flasher (18-25 lb. monofilament) and deploy your gear 10-30 feet behind the boat. The boat speed moving through the water should be 2 to 4 mph.
  • Casting at pink salmon from a boat uses the methods and gear described in shoreline fishing.

Shoreline Fishing
There are two main methods used for shore fishing pink salmon, casting lures and flyfishing. Anglers using both fishing methods target the same type of water and can have similar success. As pink salmon are more prone to swim close to shore, most public parks and public piers throughout Puget Sound offer good fishing opportunities.

  • Casting Lures - The pink buzz bomb and a pink mini squid (hootchie) jig are most commonly used and are fished the same way by casting out away from shore and attempting to jig it as you reel it in. A medium to medium/heavy rod with 20-30 pound line is all you need to land these fish.
  • Flyfishing - The most common fly used is a pink clouser. A seven to eight weight fly rod and with either floating or a slow sink tip line will provide enough backbone to land the salmon and also create the necessary action on your fly to entice a few strikes.

This salmon fishery is closed during the summer 2017 to due to low runs of coho and pink salmon expected back to the Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers, however will open in November for Chinook.

Accessible by Boat

Accessible by Shoreline
Public access sites, such as parks and piers.

Species: Pink salmon

Tulalip Bubble

Chinook are caught in 90-120 feet of water during the early summer. This fishery provides some of the earliest opportunity to catch Chinook inside Puget Sound in the late spring/early summer. Review the regulations to better understand the area boundaries and dates open for this fishery.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Coho salmon, Pink salmon