Halibut - When they leave?

#1
Ever since I've moved up to Reno, I've been pretty out of touch with the bay area fish migration patterns. Can someone please remind me of what month the halibut traditionally begin to move back out of the bay? I am down in SF for business this next week, but am going to bring along some fishing gear so I can try for some halibut before I leave for the day and I'm debating on whether or not I want to try Fort Baker or make the haul into Paradise for the halibut. I like Fort Baker because of the deeper water access, but I know that the party boats drifting the flats off of Paradise are still hitting them. Any input would be appreciated.
 

Red Fish

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#3
Ever since I've moved up to Reno, I've been pretty out of touch with the bay area fish migration patterns. Can someone please remind me of what month the halibut traditionally begin to move back out of the bay? I am down in SF for business this next week, but am going to bring along some fishing gear so I can try for some halibut before I leave for the day and I'm debating on whether or not I want to try Fort Baker or make the haul into Paradise for the halibut. I like Fort Baker because of the deeper water access, but I know that the party boats drifting the flats off of Paradise are still hitting them. Any input would be appreciated.
Paradise is really slow (as the rangers give honest information over the phone). A lot of small fish being taken near the piers (and a lot of boats too). And some are taking small fish unfortunately (and don’t know how to measure to 22”). Ft. Baker should have things around like shark, salmon (not open yet), halibut, rockfish, and striper if you know how to fish like you do. Live anchovies wouldn’t hurt either.
There are halibut in the Bay until it goes cold (basically December 1), but of course, way less.
I remember years back at Berkeley Pier that it seemed like there was a run just as good in August as the best run in April beginning the run one season.
 
#4
Thanks Ken and Red, I’ll probably end up hitting fort point or fort baker then. As much as I like paradise pier, it may not be the best spot due to the bigger tides this week too. I’ll keep everyone informed on how I do
 
#5
Halibut bite slows down by mid August. Some stay in the Bay but most migrate back out to the ocean from my understanding and experience. I'm going back out today to try a pick up a couple.