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Guide to fishing for channel catfish in HI.

Catfish fishing in Hawaii

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.

Catfish fishing in Hawaii, specifically targeting channel catfish, can be a rewarding experience for anglers of all skill levels. The warm tropical waters and favorable climate in the islands create suitable conditions for the growth and reproduction of these freshwater fish. Although not native to Hawaii, channel catfish were introduced to the islands and have established themselves in various freshwater bodies.

One of the popular spots for catfish fishing in Hawaii is Nuuanu Reservoir, located on the island of Oahu. This reservoir, surrounded by lush greenery and scenic landscapes, provides an excellent backdrop for a relaxing day of fishing. Anglers can try their luck at catching channel catfish, which are known for their strong fighting abilities and willingness to take a variety of baits.

The best time for catfish fishing in Hawaii is during the warmer months, from late spring to early fall. During this period, the water temperatures are optimal, and the catfish are more active and responsive to bait. Anglers can use a variety of fishing techniques, such as bottom fishing with bait, to attract these whiskered predators.

Catfish fishing in Hawaii not only offers a chance to reel in some impressive catches but also provides an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and tranquility of the island. Whether fishing from the shoreline or a boat, the experience of catfish fishing in Hawaii is sure to leave anglers with fond memories and a desire to return for more fishing adventures in the future.

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.

Catfish in Hawaii

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 43 lbs 13 oz

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What's the best bait for catfish in Hawaii?

Choose from the top 5 all-time catfish baits and try them on local waters. Appealing to the keen sense of smell and taste could turn a so-so day into a memorable event.

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.


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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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