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Catching Puget Sound Halibut
Halibut Season Puget Sound 2021
April 22 thru June 26, 2021
Open Thursday Friday and Saturday each week except Memorial Day weekend open May 28, 29 and 30
Hippoglossus stenolepis, the Pacific halibut, is a species of righteye Flounder. This exceptionally large species of Flatfish is native to the North Pacific
Halibut live on or near the bottom of the water and prefer water temperatures ranging from 3 to 8 degrees Celsius (37.4 to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit). Pacific halibut belong to the family Pleuronectidae. From November to March, mature halibut concentrate annually on spawning grounds along the edge of the continental shelf at depths from 183 to 457 m (600 to 1,499 ft).
Halibut are strong swimmers and can migrate long distances. Halibut of all ages and sizes are involved in a predominantly clockwise (northwest to southeast) migration from their settlement areas (western part of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea), reproductive fish also make regular seasonal migrations from more shallow feeding grounds in summer to deeper spawning grounds in winter
Sport fishing for halibut is an extremely popular activity; it is a strong fighter and one of the world’s largest bony fish with an impressive yield of firm, white flesh.
Halibut taken by anglers are generally 15 to 20 lb in weight; but fish over 150 lb are regularly caught. The current Alaska state record for a sport-caught halibut is 459 lb (208 kg), and a fish must weigh at least 250 lb (113 kg) to qualify for the state’s trophy fish program. Anglers use stout saltwater gear to harvest halibut. Most anglers prefer to fish with bait, especially herring, but also squid, octopus, cod pieces, or other small bottom fish. To get the bait down to the halibut, it is usually fished on a wire spreader or a sliding-sinker rig with sinker size 4 oz to 4 lb, depending on such factors as depth and current.
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