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All about fishing for channel catfish in Hawaii.

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Catfish fishing in Hawaii

Catfish Waters In HI

Catfish fishing in Hawaii is pretty much limited to stocked channel catfish in Nu‘uanu Reservoir No. 4 and Wahiawa Reservoir. It offers restricted fishing times and methods. There are minor fisheries (ponds and streams) which contain cats, but populations can vary.

There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of pounds. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout Hawaii. There are even species which spend a limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very noble fight once hooked.

Catfish fishing from the bank

The Hawaii state record channel catfish was caught from Lake Wilson.

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Fishing for catfish in Hawaii

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

HI State Record: 43 lbs 13 oz

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Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another. They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate their ability to catch live bait.

Catfish fishing information for states with catfish.


Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in Hawaii lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.

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