So, I figured this question had been asked and answered a million times already, but, after searching and coming up empty, I decided to ask away and see if I could pick your brains a bit.
My family and I are heading back to POW against this May (late) and plan to spend most our time chasing bears (as always). However, we're planning a longer trip this time and though it might be fun to try and spend some of the nicer days chasing halibut or other bottom fish.
My question, then, is this: How far out do you have to venture to find decent bottom fish water?
We stay near the Hollis / 12 Mile / Polk area, and would likely go out from those respective launches. Honestly, we'd prefer to to say as close as possible while still maintaining a decent chance at nabbing a fish or two. This would be more of a relaxing outing than a fish-hunting one.
I've heard in the fall you can fish the estuaries with some luck because the halibut come in for the spawning salmon that dump out of the rivers. Does that mean they stay much further offshore in the spring?
I'm a complete rook at SE Alaska halibut (though I've fished them a ton in WA).
Any information you could share would be great.