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. 

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

Latest Halibut Fishing Reports and Spots

San Francisco Fishing Charters. Report 5/8/21 - 5/8/2021 10:58:20 PM

Hey Fishermen Here is my weekend rap up. The tides are great for halibut right now. It shows when you look at are harvest. We are landing a lot (View)

San Francisco Fishing Charters. Report 5/4/21 - 5/4/2021 2:13:51 PM

Yesterday Flash I had a private charter for four people. If you are a Giants fan you might recognize the players. They had a great day. Too man (View)

Atlantic Halibut - 4/1/2021 4:50:37 PM


September Fishing in Alaska with Jimmie Jack Fishing - 4/3/2020 2:40:06 PM

The best part about Alaska fishing in September is that the days are still long and most of the crowds have dissipated for the season. To make (View)

Halibut Fishing in Homer Alaska - 6/15/2020 4:03:16 PM

Part of what makes Jimmie Jack’s a premier Alaska fishing charter is the lodge’s proximity to some of the best fishing in the state. When it co (View)

Fall Fishing on the Kenai Peninsula - 8/21/2020 9:32:01 AM

Fall fishing in Alaska is something that every avid angler should aspire to obtain. Although peak season occurs for many species during the sum (View)

An Alaskan Fishing Trip: The Ultimate Holiday Gift - 10/27/2020 1:14:44 PM

From fishing for salmon on the Kasilof River to dropping down for halibut lingcod and rockfish on the open sea Jimmie Jack Fishing promises an (View)

2021-02-06 10:49:17 - 2/6/2021 1:49:17 PM

Attention to all of our guests who are Halibut enthusiasts! Great news! The Halibut commission here in Ketchikan announced the regulations for (View)

Oceanside Harbor Fish Taxi’s “Warm” Winter Wonderland? - 12/1/2020 2:59:24 PM

Oceanside Harbor in North County San Diego is a great destination for some winter warmth! It’s clear and 70’s today! Winter fishing is coastal (View)

2020-09-11 18:20:28 - 9/11/2020 9:20:28 PM

This group of return Customers fished 2 days with us Murray really put them on the fish! Found 2 days limits of cohos as well as some halibut a (View)