HAWAII FISHING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Please note that it is essential for every angler to check the current set of fishing regulations before each fishing trip to protect and preserve fish populations in our state. Each state has its own distinct regulations, usually updated by the season or month.
It's Not a Fee, It's a Contribution
Imagine the consequences if there were no fishing regulations in place for lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, or the ocean. To actively contribute to conservation efforts, it is crucial to properly identify each fish species. Understanding the correct naming and identification of fish species in your state or area allows you to be mindful of their spawning periods and handle them in a conservation-minded manner. For instance, when dealing with deep-water species like grouper or snapper, using a venting tool is often recommended.
HAWAII FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION
All anglers in Hawaii must obtain a permit for freshwater fishing. Minors under the age of 9 can fish with a licensee.
Many privately owned marine shoreline and freshwater areas in the state require permission from the landowner for access. In Hawaii, most reservoirs, stream banks, and stream beds are privately owned. Unless these waters are officially designated as Public Fishing Areas, fishing is only allowed with special permission from the landowner.
Public Fishing Areas:
- Kaua‘i: Koke‘e, Wailua
- O‘ahu: Wahiawā
- Hawai‘i: Waiākea
Fishing is generally permitted in most State Forest Reserve Areas.
A permit is not required for marine fishing as long as the catch is not sold.
WHERE TO PURCHASE
Fishing licenses can be purchased online, in person, or through authorized agents.
FISHING PERMIT FOR RESIDENTS
- Minor: $4.00
- Resident: $6.00
- Senior: $1.00
FISHING PERMIT FOR NONRESIDENTS
- Non-Resident: $26.00
- 7-day Tourist: $11.00
- 30-day Tourist: $21.00
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Refuge, which is a marine protected area, requires an entry permit for all activities taking place in state waters. Permit applications and instructions can be downloaded from the Papahanaumokuakea Monument's website. There is no fee for this permit.
The Wahiawa Public Fishing Area on O'ahu also requires an entry permit, which can be obtained without any fee when obtaining a fishing license.