Sport fishing for halibut
Here in Oregon, we are at the bottom end of the Pacific halibut’s range as most prefer the colder waters near Alaska. Little is certain when discussing the migration of halibut around the North Pacific. In our waters, halibut are younger fish — topping the scales at “only” 100 lbs, unlike their relatives to the north which can reach in excess of 400 lbs.
Halibut are strong fighters with an impressive yield of firm, white flesh.
Halibut fishing is done by drifting baits on the bottom with heavy leads. Once brought to the surface, larger fish must be harpooned and subdued quickly. A larger Halibut thrashing around is very dangerous and respect must be given or you can get hurt.
Seasons for retention are governed by a number of committees and countries, so every year they are different. Check with us to see when it is open. Occasionally, Inshore Halibut is open when one is hooked bottom fishing and the fight is on light tackle!