Halibut are found on the bottom. There may be times that halibut will come off of the bottom to chase bait fish and some anglers have actually seen them come all the way up to the surface in pursuit of bait fish. Most of the time, you are going to find these fish near the bottom around some type of structure. California halibut are often found on sandy bottoms in shallow water, but they can be found on many different types of bottom around a variety of structure. Bottom rigs with live bait and cut bait are the best ways to catch halibut, although, it is also popular to use jigs for Pacific halibut.