Halibut range from the northern waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea all the way down the coast to California. Typically the better fishing for halibut is farther north from the coastal waters of British Columbia up to Alaska. The populations and size of Pacific Halibut in US waters from the coast of Washington to California are fairly low, and although you can fish them here certain rules and regulations have been put in place to protect the fishery. The Pacific halibut is much larger than its cousin, the California halibut.
The world record pacific halibut caught on line and reel is 459 pounds from Alaska, but many bigger fish have been “caught” that didn’t qualify for the hook and line record. Just last season our outfitter in British Columbia released a fish that measured 7’6”!