pacific halibut illustrationThe Pacific Coast of North America is home to a variety of flatfish, ranging from massive halibut to delicately flavored soles.

Pacific Halibut

The Pacific halibut is one of the most popular North American fish. The largest of the flatfish, Pacific halibut can reach lengths of 8 feet or more and weigh up to 600 lbs.

Arrowtooth Flounder

The arrowtooth flounder is found from central California to the Bering Sea. In recent decades, arrowtooth flounder stocks have increased, becoming the most abundant groundfish species in the Gulf of Alaska.

California Halibut

California Halibut occur from Washington State to Baja California. California halibut reach a maximum length of 60 inches and weight up to 70 pounds. Pacific fishermen harvest California halibut mainly for local markets.

California halibut is known for its mild, sweet flavor and a rich oil content.  After cooking, the firm white meat separates into large flakes.


Sole are smaller flatfish that are are prized for their mild, white fillets. In the Pacific Northwest, fishermen land Dover sole, flathead sole, petrale sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole.

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