California Halibut are found on the Pacific coast from southern California to British Columbia. These fish taste great and they are commonly found inshore in the bays, along the beaches, around fishing piers and offshore in water less than 100 feet. California halibut are much smaller than the Pacific halibut that are found in Alaska. 10 to 15 pound halibut are considered average while 20 pounders are big and fish over 30 pounds are considered trophy-sized halibut. Anglers usually target California halibut on the bottom with live baits such as anchovies and other small bait fish.