Fishing in Hawaii usually entails thoughts of azure blue waters, deep-sea fishing equipment and giant tuna requiring a day's fight to bring in. Beyond the deep-ocean fishing, Hawaii has many other species of fish, including freshwater. Bass fishing in Hawaii is possible on the islands, and there are clubs and information to help you find bass fishing holes and areas on the islands. Hawaii requires fishing licenses for anyone fishing the freshwater lakes and rivers.
Hawaii is home to many different species of bass. The peacock bass, or tucanare, is distinguishable by its distinctive tail spot. It is among the rarest of bass species in the world, according to the folks at Hawaii Bass Fishing website. Other species of bass found on the Hawaiian Islands include largemouth and smallmouth bass and red devil.
Lake Wilson on Oahu, and known as the Waimea Reservoir, is one of the better lakes to try for the rare peacock bass. Should you be lucky enough to land one, practice catch and release to preserve the health of the species and fisheries. Average sizes are between 2 pounds and 3 pounds, with a larger tucanare weighing in at 4 pounds.
Baits and Lures
According to local fishermen who write the Hawaii Bass Fishing website, the peacock bass hit on any lure that a largemouth bass will hit on, if you reel and play it fast enough. It will hit on smaller lures moved erratically through the waters. The Hawaii Bass Fishing website also suggests going for the peacock bass during the peak heat and sun of the day because the bass are more active during this time. Use 4-lb, 6-lb. or 8-lb. test with spinning lures and floating-minnow type lures.
If fly fishing, try using a tippet (size six) and if surface fishing, try using surface lures like the Sammy and Tiny Torpedo.
Lake Wilson Rules and Fees
Fishing at Lake Wilson requires a valid resident or nonresident Hawaii State Fishing License, which are available online or at sports stores. Entry permits to fish the lake are required and are free. Get them at the entrance station upon driving to the lake. If using a boat, each person on board must have a USCG approved like jacket.
To get to Lake Wilson from Waikiki or Honolulu, take H-1 west to Exit 8, Wahiawa, and head to the lake.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.