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Hawaii Fishing

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The state of Hawaii 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 Hawaii Lakes

Hawaii major lakes and fish chart

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

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, HI.

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

Find information about fishing in Hawaii at the Hawaii Department of Fish Management website.

Visit 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.

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Fish for big bass in Hawaii

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

Fish Species in Hawaii

Fishing for bass in Hawaii

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

HI State Record: 9 lbs 9 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

HI State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for catfish in Hawaii

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

HI State Record: 43 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for trout in Hawaii

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

HI State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Fishing for panfish in Hawaii



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.