Marine Area 8-2 is located within Port Susan and Port Gardner 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 on weekends until the end of September in the Tulalip Terminal Area (Tulalip Bubble).
During odd years, Pink Salmon are available from July to early September, which provides extra incentive to make the trip. Please note that during the 2021-22 season there will be no bonus limit on Pinks due to conservation concerns on Puget Sound Coho stocks, so Pink Salmon will count as part of the daily limit.
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.
East of East Point Light-Camano Island Light line (described in 8-1 above) and north of the Possession Point-Shipwreck line (described in 9 below).
Major fishing areas
Hat Island to Camano Head
Chinook, 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.
Please note that this salmon fishery is closed during the 2021-22 season due to conservation constraints on Skagit and Stillaguamish River Chinook and Coho.
Accessible by Boat
Species: Cabezon, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Flatfish, Lingcod, Pink Salmon
Clam, mussel, and oyster beaches
For bivalve season information, please see the Puget Sound clam, mussel, and oyster season guide or visit the shellfish beaches page. Current water quality information, beach locations and harvest seasons can be found on the Department of Health's shellfish safety interactive map.