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The state offers somewhat limited freshwater fishing options. The islands are dotted with small lakes and ponds, some have a population of 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 streams.

Major HI Lakes & Fish Chart

Hawaii major lakes and fish chart

For a detailed list of primary fish species in the state, plus state fish records, see the list below.

For a more complete list of local fish species, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Hawaii Fresh Water Fishing Locations

Kōke‘e Public Fishing Area is a series of streams and ponds in Kōkeʻe State Park, in northwest Kauai.

Wahiawa Reservoir, aka Lake Wilson is a 400-acre reservoir in north-central O'ahu, at Wahiawa.

Wailua Reservoir Public Fishing Area is a 5-acre pond in eastern Kauai, above Wailua River State Park.

Fish Species & State Records in Hawaii

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 11 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 43 lbs 13 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 0 lbs 8.5 oz

Tilapia

Tilapia

World record: 4.4 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

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 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.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Some very good peacock bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers here.

 

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