Halibut General Information

Pacific Halibut reside on the continental shelf of the North Pacific. Their range extends from Santa Barbara, California north to Nome, Alaska around the Pacific south to Hokkaido, Japan. In the east Pacific they are more common from the California/Oregon border north.

Pacific Halibut prefer water temperatures between 37 to 47 degrees F. They are bottom dwellers that have been caught a deep as 3600 feet but most are taken during the summer at depths ranging from 100 to 900 feet.

Pacific halibut move seasonally from deep water at the edge of the continental shelf to shallower coastal waters during the summer and then back to deeper water during the winter. The migration corresponds to winter spawning and summer feeding and often covers great distances.

Males mature at 8 years and females at 12 years. The average Pacific halibut caught is 42" long weighing about 30 pounds. The largest Pacific halibut caught on record was over 500 pounds. Mature fish congregate at the edge continental shelf to spawn between November and March at depths from 600 to 15,000 feet.

A 250 pound female may produce 4 million eggs which are fertilized externally. The free floating eggs hatch in about two weeks. The eggs and larvae, heavier than surface water, drift freely in deep ocean currents. They slowly drift to shallower waters on the continental shelf. After about 6 months the larvae settle to the ocean floor and take on the flatfish form.

Recent Halibut Articles & Reports
Norcal Kayak Halibut!

Norcal Kayak Halibut!

Written By: Dan Arbuckle,
October 17, 2014

After 3 halibut tries out of Shelter Cove that resulted in a lot of spiny dogfish but no halibut, I figured it was time to give Trinidad a try. Reports had been decent, and the ocean looked like it was going to cooperate, so I tossed a...

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Lingcod And Rockfish Bite Continues At Fierce Pace

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 12, 2014

(Moss Landing) If you want to catch lingcod and rockfish, now’s the prime time to hit the Monterey County Coast.

We had a great day down at Pt Sur with beautiful weather and great fishing on Saturday, September 6,” reported Carol Jones...

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Lingcod And Rockfish Limits Pace The Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 29, 2014

(Moss Landing) While Carole Jones of Kahuna Sportifshing hasn’t heard any word on albacore tuna yet, she said anglers are catching limits of lingcod and rockfish off the Big sur Coast.

The latest trip for bottomfish yielded 44 lingcod and...

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Tips & Tactics for Halibut
Targeting S.F. Bay Halibut With Live Bait

Targeting S.F. Bay Halibut With Live Bait

Written By: Cal Kellogg

After an absence of a couple years, big numbers of halibut are once again holding within the confines of San Francisco Bay. With live bait...

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Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!

Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Ask Bay Area saltwater enthusiasts what their favorite gamefish is and you’ll get several different answers. Some guys will point to the...

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Anchovy, I Love You!

Anchovy, I Love You!

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for...

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Halibut Locations
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Recent Reader's Photo
Nile
Caught by:

Nile

on:
Species: Halibut

Nile, hooked up on this 75lb Halibut fishing for Lings & Snapper aboard the BillweeNiloKiki in the ocean out of the Rogue River. Thanks Larry of Lex's Landing



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