Located just west of the Whidbey Island elbow, Partridge Bank offers a unique place to halibut fish. During an incoming tide the waters can build and create a baitfish zone where halibut like to ambush their meals. The northwest side all the way to the southwest side of Partridge Bank offers the best fish on both tides. And contrary to much of my advice, this can be an uphill fishery, which means fishing it on an incoming with currents pushing up against the shallow bank.
Most anglers here drift, so keep watch of the bottom to avoid hanging up your gear. The other thing to watch is the close proximity to the shipping lanes, which cross the west and south side of the bank.
The east side of the bank can also be very productive, especially for the Whidbey Island locals. I know of a couple locals who do extremely well fishing a couple small areas between Partridge and Whidbey Island, so keep your eyes peeled for boats in the area.
Best baits include herring and squid, with horse herring getting the nod.
Best lures include Point Wilson Dart jigs and leadhead jigs.
If you choose this spot to fish for halibut choose days with decent weather, as it can get lumpy here, especially during opposing winds and currents.
Warships use the vicinity for live fire exercises. Consult notices to mariners or listen to channel 16 for up to the minute announcements.