Hawaii Fishing

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Number of Fish Species (freshwater):  60

Number of Fish Species (saltwater):  1150

State Sportfish:  humuhumunukunukuāpua’a

Notable Records:  a 9lb 9oz. largemouth bass from Waita Reservior, a 43lb 13oz channel catfish from Lake Wilson, an 1805 lb blue marlin from Wai’anae, a 133lb wahoo from Pohoiki

Fishing Regs:  Click here for saltwater regulations and here for freshwater regulations.

Fishing License Info:   

Residents Non-Residents
Annual $5.00 $25.00
7-day N/A $10.00
30-day N/A $20.00


Click here to purchase a license on-line.

Quickcast:  Fishermen don’t typically put too much stock into what Hawaii’s freshwater fishing has too offer but there are quite a few streams and reservoirs (266) that boast largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as rainbow trout and channel catfish.  There’s also a good fight waiting when one targets the butterfly peacock bass and smaller but feisty bluegill.  Though its true not many people come to Hawaii in pursuit of freshwater species what Hawaii lacks in freshwater offerings they make up in the saltwater realm.  Boasting an astounding 1150 species (more than California and Florida’s saltwater species combined) Hawaii is known for impossibly blue water and scenic, mountainous vistas.  Offshore fishermen will find huge billfish like the blue marlin, striped marlin and spearfish as well as perennial favorites like the mahi mahi, wahoo and yellowfin tuna.  When it comes to bottom fishing there is plenty out there but the “deep 7” are commonly targeted when dropping a line to those depths.  The “deep 7” include the flame snapper, the ruby snapper, the lavender jobfish, the crimson jobfish, the banded snapper, the Hawaiian grouper and the rusty jobfish.  Some other large and powerful fish that are targeted offshore are the giant trevally, bluefin trevally, bigeye tuna and skipjack.