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Halibut are caught both inside the bay and along the coast outside the Golden Gate. Fishing for Halibut means bouncing a weight along the bottom, where halibut stay. Common spots for halibut in the bay include Crissy Field, the south side of Angel Island, the Berkeley Flats, the south end of Richardson Bay, and the east short of the San Francisco peninsula from Hunters Point to Coyote Point. Outside the gate, try Seal Rocks, Baker Beach, Muir Beach, and Stinson Beach.
Halibut fishing is best when the tidal range is small.
The recreational fishery for California halibut is open year round. The daily bag and possession limit is three fish, with a minimum size of 22 inches total length.