Species Information

Scientific Name:Hippoglossus
Ideal Temp:
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Jigs
World Record:208.2 kg (459 lb 0 oz) Dutch Harbor, Alaska, USA
Other Names:halibut, barndoor, barn door, alabato

Halibut is a flatfish, from the family of the right-eye flounders (Pleuronectidae). Other flatfish are also called halibut. The name is derived from haly (holy) and butt (flat fish), for its popularity on Catholic holy days. Halibut are demersal fish which live in the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans. They are highly regarded food fish.

The halibut is the largest flat fish, averaging 11–13.5 kg (24–30 lb).

Halibut feed on almost any animal they can fit into their mouths. Juvenile halibut feed on small crustaceans and other bottom-dwelling organisms. Animals found in their stomachs include sand lance, octopus, crab, salmon, hermit crabs, lamprey, sculpin, cod, pollock, herring, and flounder, as well as other halibut. Halibut live at depths ranging from a few to hundreds of metres, and although they spend most of their time near the bottom, halibut may move up in the water column to feed. In most ecosystems, the halibut is near the top of the marine food chain. In the North Pacific

A significant sport fishery in Alaska and British Columbia has emerged, where halibut are prized game and food fish. Sport fisherman use large rods and reels with 80–150 lb (36–68 kg) line, and often bait with herring, large jigs, or whole salmon heads. Halibut are strong and fight strenuously when exposed to air. Smaller fish will usually be pulled on board with a gaff and may be clubbed or even punched in the head to prevent them from thrashing around on the deck. In both commercial and sport fisheries, standard procedure is to shoot or otherwise subdue very large halibut over 150–200 lb (68–91 kg) before landing them.

Halibut are bottom feeders so you must drop the hook to the ocean floor. They prefer deep waters, 200 - 300 feet deep, with piles of rocks and ledges to live on. 

Latest Halibut Fishing Reports and Spots

June 22 - 6/22/2022 8:26:58 PM

FYI – Halibut are biting pretty good now. Big salmon have shown up too. The post June 22 appeared first on Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Fishing (View)

S F Fishing Charters Report 6/15/22 - 6/15/2022 1:53:00 AM

Hey fishermen The last few days have been very fun. The fishing is very good. We landed some large sharks and the halibut were good numbers up (View)

2022-06-08 09:14:58 - 6/8/2022 12:14:58 PM

This couple out with a Captain Drew for a morning trip caught them each a Halibut! The post 2022-06-08 09:14:58 appeared first on Oasis Alaska (View)

2022-06-11 09:34:57 - 6/11/2022 12:34:57 PM

The weather had a difficult time cooperating however that didn’t stop these guys from catching their limit of Halibut out with Captain Murray! (View)

S F Fishing report 6/5/22 - 6/5/2022 2:52:09 PM

Hey Fishermen Fishing has been very good. We are landing sharks halibut and some bass are starting to show up. Flash I and Flash II are both ru (View)

Fishing has been good! Graylight and Crackerjack have been c… - 6/1/2022 3:32:43 PM

Fishing has been good! Graylight and Crackerjack have been catching nice halibut and kings. The Crackerjack Voyager starts this weekend. The wat (View)

2022-05-29 08:53:07 - 5/29/2022 11:53:07 AM

Captain Hunter took this Father Son team out for 4 hours while they were in town on a cruise ship and they caught a limit of halibut and pacifi (View)

2022-05-30 08:00:26 - 5/30/2022 11:00:26 AM

This group spent a day out fishing with Captain Hunter and brought back their limit of halibut along with sea bass and cod! The post 2022-05-30 (View)

2022-05-31 07:16:07 - 5/31/2022 10:16:07 AM

Captain Murray back at it! Took this group out for a 4 hour charter and found them limits of halibut and also some cod!! The post 2022-05-31 07 (View)

2022-05-31 07:17:40 - 5/31/2022 10:17:40 AM

Captain Murray back at it! Took this group out for a 4 hour charter and found them limits of halibut and also some cod! The post 2022-05-31 07: (View)