In California, California halibut season is considered to be year round, but the most successful catches have been in the spring. It also depends on where in California you are, because in central and northern California fishing is best in summer and early fall. During that time in those regions California halibut are moving into shallow water to spawn. The best method for catching halibut is drifting, in which anglers use live anchovies, queenfish, white croakers, etc. as bait.
If you are fishing for Pacific halibut they are found mainly between Santa Rosa Island into the Bering Sea and the Sea of Japan at the depths of 20 to 3,600 feet. Pacific halibut can also be found nearshore in areas beginning in Fort Bragg and spanning northward. Most are caught offshore by anglers north of California in late spring and early summer.
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