British Columbia Halibut Fishing Charters

British Columbia Halibut Fishing Charters

Top British Columbia Halibut Fishing Destinations

Best Halibut Fishing Charters in British Columbia

British Columbia: 77 fishing charters available

Overtime Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Ucluelet
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $584

Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(130 reviews)
Sooke
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $389

Reelin Shores Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(4 reviews)
Port Hardy
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $935

Arrowsmith Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Port Alberni
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $467

Halibut Fishing in British Columbia

Halibut
  • Size 20 to 150lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

(Hippoglossus stenolepis / hippoglossus)

If you’re hungry for great sportfishing, wait until you get a taste of the Halibut fishing BC has to offer. One of the tastiest fish in the Pacific Ocean, you might recognize Halibut in some of its crispier forms (fish and chips, anyone?).

It may be hard to believe judging by the size of that fried fillet, but this fish can also grow into one of the largest species in British Columbia. Halibut are known to exceed 400 lbs, swimming in water more than 3,000 feet deep. Though you can hardly expect to catch one of these “barn door” beasts for yourself, reeling in some of the 100-200 lb specimens close to shore should be enough to satisfy your appetite for action.

When to Fish for Halibut

The best time to fish for Halibut in British Columbia is usually from March through August. In some areas, however, the season may not open until April. Early in the season, you can find large Halibut just 2-4 miles from the coast. These behemoths are females who come to feed in shallow water after laying their eggs offshore. Some of these mama Halis reach over 200 lbs (putting them well above and beyond the local size limits).

Later in the season, you can target Halibut 6-10 miles offshore, ranging anywhere from 20-100 lbs in size. Fish in the 10-20 lb range (“chickens”) tend to be the most delicious.

Halibut fishing regulations in BC are subject to change every year. The season usually closes for a month or two in winter to allow for spawning. You can expect to keep one or two Halibut during open season, depending on the size. Fish longer than 133 cm (52.4 inches, or about 70 lbs) must be released.

Halibut Fishing Charters in BC

The most productive Halibut fishing grounds in BC can be found on the north coast and to the west of Vancouver Island. For accessible Halibut fishing near Vancouver, look for charters along the west and south coasts of Vancouver Island in Tofino, Ucluelet, Sooke, Port Renfrew, and Victoria.

Fishing out of Vancouver Island presents the perfect opportunity to try your hand at the Halibut fishing BC is famous for. Half day trips (5-6 hours) cost about 600 CAD and full day trips are usually around 800 CAD.

To make the most of your time while fishing in British Columbia, consider a combo trip that will let you target Halibut and Salmon at the same time. Trips of this sort typically last eight hours and range from 720-900 CAD.

How to Fish for Halibut

Halibut are bottom feeders, which calls for a whole lot of bottom fishing with some jigging thrown in. For best results, head to an area with plenty of bottom structure.

When fishing in deep water, you can expect to give your arms a good workout as you reel in a biggun! Though on a typical fishing charter, you are likely to fish for Halibut in 200 feet of water or less.

Halibut fishing involves strong rods with spools of 70-90 lb test line. Bait might be anything from plain jigs or herring to octopus (the ultimate fail-safe bait for this fish).

On occasion, you may hook into a Hali while trolling for Salmon. Some fishermen in BC deliberately troll for Halibut using Salmon fishing gear.
 

British Columbia Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in British Columbia varies slightly throughout the year. High season is April to August. Low season is January to February and October to December. There is no closed season.
British Columbia
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,008 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Halibut Fishing in British Columbia

I didn't know it was peak season for salmon when I went, and even though we didn't catch anything, I had a great time out on the water with Roy. You can't expect to catch a bunch of fish every time you go fishing, that's not the point. I made a new friend today, and that's more important.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I didn't know it was peak season for salmon when I went, and even though we didn't catch anything, I had a great time out on the water with Roy. You can't expect to catch a bunch of fish every time you go fishing, that's not the point. I made a new friend today, and that's more important.
Kevin  T.
Kevin T. Fallbrook, CA
Go with the springroll crew! They are extremely experienced and you will not be disappointed. Nick and Chris are the best at what they do, you will catch fish and you will have a great experience. happy fishing anglers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the springroll crew! They are extremely experienced and you will not be disappointed. Nick and Chris are the best at what they do, you will catch fish and you will have a great experience. happy fishing anglers
Douglas  H.
Douglas H. Edmonton, Alberta
Sign-up with Overdrive Charters. Curtis will take good care of you, providing excellent guidance!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sign-up with Overdrive Charters. Curtis will take good care of you, providing excellent guidance!
Sam  F.
Sam F. Parksville, British Columbia
Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
David  R.
David R. Stanwood, WA
The water is relatively calm. The scenery is great and the fishing is better than I expected.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water is relatively calm. The scenery is great and the fishing is better than I expected.
Steve  W.
Steve W. Shawnigan Lake, BC
We were a bit late in the season and we were not able to keep the wild Coho we caught. We would not have been able to eat more than the Spring we kept anyway since we are on holiday's. It was an enjoyable day on the boat regardless.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were a bit late in the season and we were not able to keep the wild Coho we caught. We would not have been able to eat more than the Spring we kept anyway since we are on holiday's. It was an enjoyable day on the boat regardless.
Doug  S.
Doug S. Calgary, AB
Jacket or light raincoat comes in handy. Know that the seals will nab a meal off your hook when around
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Jacket or light raincoat comes in handy. Know that the seals will nab a meal off your hook when around
Bill  J.
Bill J. Vancouver, British Columbia
yes, but must provide an address where to meet the captain on the day of fishing. Udo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
yes, but must provide an address where to meet the captain on the day of fishing. Udo
Udo  K.
Udo K. Sooke, BC
Easy to access, lots to catch, no need to travel far by boat, friendly people
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy to access, lots to catch, no need to travel far by boat, friendly people
Simon  L.
Simon L. Richmond, British Columbia
Scott at Mongoose fishing charters is top notch. Great boat, great captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Scott at Mongoose fishing charters is top notch. Great boat, great captain.
Charles  N.
Charles N. North Vancouver, BC
Be ready for any weather. Always remember it is called "fishing "not "catching" so never be disappointed if you don't get a limit just enjoy what you do catch and the amazing beauty of the north coast..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for any weather. Always remember it is called "fishing "not "catching" so never be disappointed if you don't get a limit just enjoy what you do catch and the amazing beauty of the north coast..
Ray  M.
Ray M. Surrey, BC
Big hungry fish after the winter famine - not easy to catch but the quality of the fishing is excellent
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Big hungry fish after the winter famine - not easy to catch but the quality of the fishing is excellent
Mark  J.
Mark J. Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia
Make your booking with Tory Howe of Goin Coastal - then just relax, knowing you'll have a great experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make your booking with Tory Howe of Goin Coastal - then just relax, knowing you'll have a great experience!
Karol  R.
Karol R. Vancouver, BC
great captain specially for first timer very friendly and very knowledgeable
Excellent
5.0 / 5
great captain specially for first timer very friendly and very knowledgeable
Denis  R.
Denis R. Surrey, BC
Fantastic place to fish as we were within ten minutes from the marina allowing more time for the rods to be in the water for Salmon fishing. I highly recommend the Sooke area and we will be back again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fantastic place to fish as we were within ten minutes from the marina allowing more time for the rods to be in the water for Salmon fishing. I highly recommend the Sooke area and we will be back again.
Lisa  M.
Lisa M. Kamloops, British Columbia
Nothing at all. It was hot the day we went. Only advise would be to bring plenty of water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nothing at all. It was hot the day we went. Only advise would be to bring plenty of water
Wayne  A.
Wayne A. Victoria, BC
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Tom  N.
Tom N. Ladysmith, BC
If someone wants to go fishing in Comox for the first time, they should charter a trip via Fishbooker.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If someone wants to go fishing in Comox for the first time, they should charter a trip via Fishbooker.
Karl-heinrich  H.
Karl-heinrich H. Hofgeismar, HE
Amazing salmon fishing! Give yourself plenty of time to figure out the conveluted online fishing license website. As a non Canadian resident, halibut is not allowed in the waters around sooke. If you want halibut and Salmon, port Renfrew is the place to be from what I understand. If in sooke, book with Travis!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Amazing salmon fishing! Give yourself plenty of time to figure out the conveluted online fishing license website. As a non Canadian resident, halibut is not allowed in the waters around sooke. If you want halibut and Salmon, port Renfrew is the place to be from what I understand. If in sooke, book with Travis!
Phillip  T.
Phillip T. Victoria, British Columbia
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Lawrence  O.
Lawrence O. Long Beach, CA