Fishing in Hawaii - Bluegills & Tilapia
One or more species of panfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Hawaii and around the world
for that matter. They can survive in waters that provide their natural
food source of minnows, crustaceans, insects and worms. Their competitive
nature amongst themselves for food, makes them relatively easy to
Finding big sunfish like bluegill and tilapia is a chore. They
are primary food sources for bass and peacock bass which tends
to shorten their lifespan. Most of the small lakes and ponds
thoughout the islands carry panfish of one kind or another.
The state record bluegill was caught a Lake Wilson.
Panfish are prolific spawners and repopulate the waters as fast
as they are harvested. A common problem with panfish fishing is
that the waters are under-fished causing panfish to overpopulate.
As a result they tend to stay small in size due to lack of food
The list of panfish is comprised of many fishes each called by
a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
Check for Hawaii bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
World Record: 4.4 lbs
Most tilapias are omnivorous with a preference for soft aquatic
vegetation. They are typically found in warmer waters in the southern
states, both east and west. Prefers water temperatures from 70
degrees and above, and has difficulty surviving water temperatures
below 50 degrees. Tilapia are of similar size and shape to crappie.
Fish for them like you might for bluegills using worms, crickets
and dough balls on a size 12 hook.
For general information on local fishing visit the Hawaii
Fishing home page.
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HI Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Hawaii.