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Halibut

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

Halibut Fishing in California

Halibut aren’t the most glamorous fish in the sea, but they are one of the tastiest.  They’re also easy to catch, making them a favorite on family fishing trips. Anglers in California have the unique opportunity to catch two kinds of Halis, both excellent for fish and chips, tacos, ceviche, or a good ole fried fillet. And what better way to enjoy your fish than fresh out of the sea? With a hefty supply of these flatfish available year-round, it’s no wonder why California Halibut fishing has made a name for itself.

When to Fish for Halibut

You can find Halibut all along the west coast, and you’re likely to catch one any day of the year. In southern California, Halibut fishing is best between April and July, but it’s also common to target these fish near Catalina Island during winter. Both species are open to harvest year-round to anglers fishing between Santa Barbara County and the Mexico border.

Hali fishing in northern California stays strong through September, with prime fishing grounds in the bays as well as offshore. It’s important to note that you can fish for California Halibut any time in northern California, but Pacific Halibut is closed to harvest for the first part of the year (usually until April or May).

California Halibut Fishing Methods

Halibut are possibly the laziest fish you’ll encounter. They lounge around the bottom of the sea until something edible passes by and they don’t bother to get up if it keeps moving after the first bite.

Targeting a fish like this typically calls for nothing more than drifting live bait or cut squid. If your bait passes by too quickly, you may lose half of it to a Halibut without managing to actually hook the fish. Reeling a Hali in is easy work, but these fish tend to panic as soon as you bring them to the surface—so don’t get too comfortable just yet! 

Halibut

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

California Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in California varies moderately throughout the year. High season is April to July. Low season is August to September. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Halibut Fishing in California

"Great trip, lots of halibut and stripers"

Jerzy Gazda fished with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on July 5, 2019

CaptainDavid found for us great locations with steady productive water. Great gear, great fishing and the trip was organized to give everyone on board something to remember. From halibut and stripers, to shark and ray fishing at the end the action was non stop. Accommodating to young kids and adults. Will definitely come back.

"Full day trip with captain David "

Aaron Varsha fished with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on June 23, 2019

Incredible experience. David is super cool and extremely knowledgeable. The fishing was awesome we caught tons of halibut with 14 keepers as well as some bass. David knows all the best spots for the fish. I would HIGHLY recommend him and his boat the warrior poet for your next fishing trip! I will definitely be back!

"Half day"

Grant Gibson fished with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on June 18, 2019

Had a great day fishing with David in the San Francisco Bay. David went to Extra-mile ,so I could catch a halibut. The other five passengers on the boat caught legal size halibut and bigger, but it wasn’t my day. David was kind enough to invite me back at no charge the next day if I wanted to Try again. That’s why they call it fishing and not catching LOL.
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