All about fishing in the Aloha State
The state of Hawaii offers somewhat limited freshwater fishing options. The islands are dotted with small lakes and ponds, most have a population of bass, peacock bass, sunfish and a few channel catfish. Most fishing waters are small and often difficult to get to. If you want to experience the islands and catch fish in the process, a guide is a very practical way to go about it. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, peacock bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout, bluegill and tilapia in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.
Major Hawaii Lakes
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major fishing waters in Hawaii, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Hawaii, see the list below, which also includes state records.
Hawaii Fresh Water Fishing Locations
If you want to try your luck at peacock bass, Wahiawa Reservoir, aka Lake Wilson is on the island of Oahu is probably your best bet.
Find information about fishing in Hawaii at the Hawaii Department of Fish Management website.
Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Hawaii and other boating information.
Hawaii Fishing License applications available here.
While the Hawaiian Islands are best noted for bass and peacock bass, rumor has it that some of the streams, rivers and ponds hold a trout or two. The HI state record rainbow trout came from the Koke'e area on the island of Kaua'i.
Fish for big bass in Hawaii
Some very good peacock bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in HI.
Fish Species in Hawaii
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
HI State Record: 9 lbs 9 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
HI State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
HI State Record: 43 lbs 13 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
HI State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
HI State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz
World record: 4.4 lbs
HI State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
Fishing information for each state.
Post your Hawaii fishing pictures
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