ATLANTIC HALIBUT

How to Identify a Atlantic Halibut

IDENTIFICATION

 1 The lateral line is straight for most of its length but curves high over the pectoral fin
 2 The upper surface is a uniformly dark chocolate, olive or slate colour and can be almost black; the underside is pale
 3 The end of the caudal fin is concave

How to identify an Atlantic Halibut

Atlantic Halibut have evolved to mostly feeding from the bottom of oceans.  They have a very flat, oval-shaped body with both eyes on the right side of the body.  The left side is pale white, while the right side is greenish-brown to black. Juveniles might be slightly spotted or flecked and have white undersides, which become mottled with grey or reddish spots as they mature. Atlantic Halibut have large mouths and are loaded with very large teeth. Atlantic Halibut have been know to grow more than two metres in length and mostly weigh under 100kg.

SPAWNING MONTHS

Spawning Months for Atlantic Halibut

IDEAL WATER TEMPERATURES

Ideal Water Temperatures for Atlantic Halibut

TARGET AREAS

  • Rocky sea floor


 

Acknowledgements:  We thank TAKEMEFISHING.org (www.takemefishing.org), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for their contributions to these FISH FACTS.