Marine Area 8-1 is contained within Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay. Fishing within this marine area is protected by Whidbey Island and offers a diversity of fishing opportunities that range from coastal cutthroat trout, bottomfish, and various salmon species. Chinook, pink, coho and sockeye are primarily returning to the world renowned Skagit River. 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.