Pacific Halibut

Information & Facts

Pacific halibutSpecies Name
Pacific Halibut
(Hippoglossus stenolepis)

Size Range
To 267 cm (105 in) in length, and 226 kg (500 lbs.) in weight.

State Record
288.0 lbs; Vic Stevens; Swiftsure Bank; September 9, 1989

Pacific halibut are almost always right-eyed, but may be left-eyed. The body is large with an elongate diamond shape. The eyed side is greenish brown to dark brown or black with lighter blotches, and the blind side is milky white. This species has a caudal fin that is crescent-shaped and often indented near the edges. The lateral line has a high arch over the pectoral fin and the accessory dorsal branch is absent. Halibut have a medium to large mouth with two rows of teeth on the upper jaw and one on the lower. The maxillary reaches to below the middle of the lower eye. The area between the eyes is flat and slightly concave. This species has an anal spine and small, smooth scales on both sides of the body.

Maximum Age: At least 42 years old.

Find more information on Pacific Halibut: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/bottomfish/identification/flatfish/h_stenolepis.html

Where to fish for Pacific Halibut
Commonly caught off the Washington coast by commercial harvesters using otter-trawls and longline gear. Commonly caught by recreational harvesters off the outer Washington coast and within Puget Sound.