Hawaii Division Aquatic Resources

Regulated Fishing Areas on O`ahu

Oahu

 

Marine Life Conservation Districts
Hanauma Bay
Pupukea
Waikiki

Waikiki - Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area
HAR 13-48
Waikiki - Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area

Location: The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Manage-ment Area extends from the ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the highwater mark out to a minimum seaward distance of 500 yards, or to the seaward edge of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.

Fishing periods
"Open to fishing" from January 1 to December 31 of even-numbered years.
"Closed to fishing" from January 1 to December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Permitted
To fish for, take or possess any legal size marine life in season during the "open to fishing" period, provided that only hook-and-line, thrownet, handnet to land hooked fish, and spear fishing and hand harvesting methods are employed.
With a permit to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by law for scientific, propagation or other purposes.

Prohibited
To fish for, take or injure any marine life (including eggs), or to possess in the water any fishing gear during the "closed to fishing" period.
To use any spear between the hours of 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, or have or possess in the water any trap or net except thrownet or handnet to land hooked fish during the "open to fishing" period.

Coconut Island - Hawaii Marine Laboratory Refuge
HAR 188-36
Coconut Island - Hawaii Marine Laboratory Refuge

Location: The Hawaii Marine Laboratory Refuge consists of the reefs and bay waters surrounding Coconut (Moku-o-loe) Island located in Kaneohe Bay, from the highwater mark on the island seaward to twenty-five feet beyond the outer edges of the reefs.

Prohibited
Unlawful to take any aquatic life from within the boundaries of the refuge.

Exceptions
This restriction does not apply to any officer, faculty member, employee or student of the University of Hawaii, or licensee of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii while employed in catching or taking of aquatic life for scientific purposes. All authorized taking of aquatic life must follow minimum size and closed seasons for certain species, gear restrictions, etc.

Ala Wai Canal, Kapalama Canal
HAR 188-36
Ala Wai Canal

Kapalame Canal

Location: Ala Wai Canal is located immediately north of Waikiki, and for the purposes described here includes the Manoa-Palolo drainage canal at the mouth of Manoa and Palolo Streams. Kapalama Canal is located at the mouth of Kapalama Stream, north of Sand Island.

Permitted
To take any legal size fish in season with one line, or one rod and line, with no more than two hooks.
To take crabs with not more than 10 nets, provided the nets are not more than two feet in diameter.
To take shrimp for bait with a hand net, provided that the net is not more than three feet in any dimension.
Within the Ala Wai Canal only, take up to 50 "tabai" or mosquito fish, `o'opu akupa, tilapia or a combination thereof per day for non-commercial purposes, with a single small mesh net, provided the net including the handle and any attachment is not more than three feet in any dimension.
Commercial Marine licensees with a Bait License may take nehu, iao, and other authorized baitfish for bait purposes.
Licensed pond owners or operators may take young mullet (pua) or other small fish for stocking their fishpond.

Prohibited
To fish in or take aquatic life, except as indicated in permitted activities above.

He`eia Kea Wharf
HAR 188-36
He`eia Kea Wharf

Location: Heeia Kea Wharf is located at Heeia Kea Boat Harbor on Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.

Permitted
To take any legal size fish in season with one line, or one rod and line, with no more than two hooks.
To take crabs with not more than 10 nets, provided the nets are not more than two feet in diameter.
To take shrimp for bait with a hand net, provided that the net is not more than three feet in any dimension.
Commercial Marine licensees with a Bait License may take nehu, iao, and other authorized baitfish for bait purposes.
Licensed pond owners or operators may take young mullet (pua) or other small fish for stocking their fishpond.

Prohibited
To fish in or take aquatic life, except as indicated in permitted activities above.

Waialua Bay (Haleiwa Harbor)
HAR 188-35
Waialua Bay (Haleiwa Harbor)

Location: That portion of Waialua Bay at Haleiwa bounded by lines drawn 100 yards seaward of and parallel to the Haleiwa Harbor Breakwater and 100 yards seaward of and parallel to the Haleiwa Beach Groin, and inland by a line ten yards downstream of and parallel to the Anahulu Bridge.

Permitted
To take any legal size fish in season with one line, or one rod and line, with no more than two hooks.
To take crabs with not more than 10 nets, provided the nets are not more than two feet in diameter.
To take shrimp for bait with a hand net, provided that the net is not more than three feet in any dimension.
Commercial Marine licensees with a Bait License may take nehu, iao, and other authorized baitfish for bait purposes.
Licensed pond owners or operators may take young mullet (pua) or other small fish for stocking their fishpond.

Prohibited
To fish in or take aquatic life, except as indicated in permitted activities above.

Honolulu Harbor
HAR 188-34
Honolulu Harbor

Location: Honolulu Harbor is the primary port on the southern coast of Oahu.

Permitted
Commercial Marine licensees with a Bait License may take baitfish during periods scheduled by the harbor master.

Prohibited
Unlawful to take fish by means of any draw, drag or seine net.

Note: All boaters must be in contact with the harbor controller (VHF Ch. 12) whenever operating in Honolulu Harbor.

Pokai Bay
HAR 188-36
Pokai Bay

Location: That portion of Pokai Bay including the Pokai Boat Harbor and the Waianae Small Boat Harbor, the seaward boundary a straight line from Kaneilio Point to Lahilahi Point, and the northwestern boundary a straight line extending southwest from the point immediately seaward of Waianae High School.

Permitted
To take any legal size fish in season with one line, or one rod and line, with no more than two hooks.
To take crabs with not more than 10 nets, provided the nets are not more than two feet in diameter.
To take shrimp for bait with a hand net, provided that the net is not more than three feet in any dimension.
Commercial Marine licensees with a Bait License may take nehu, iao, and other authorized baitfish for bait purposes.
Licensed pond owners or operators may take young mullet (pua) or other small fish for stocking their fishpond.

Prohibited
To fish in or take aquatic life, except as indicated in permitted activities above.

Wahiawa Public Fishing Area
HAR 13-62
Wahiawa Public Fishing Area

Location: The Wahiawa Public Fishing Area includes a portion of the privately-owned Wahiawa Reservoir (Lake Wilson) in the central portion of Oahu. The Wahiawa State Freshwater Park is located along the South Fork of the Reservoir and includes a boat launching ramp and vehicle-trailer parking areas. The Park is a facility of the Division of State Parks. Rules of the State Parks System apply to the use of the facility.

Permitted
To fish with hook-and-line with not more than one lure or baited hook or two artificial flies attached to a single line, provided that on weekends and holidays only one line may be used, and on weekdays other than holidays two lines may be used.
To use attended traps and dip nets up to two feet long, wide, or high, excluding the handle, to land hooked fish or to take certain baitfishes, provided that tucunare, bass, channel catfish and oscar shall not be used as bait.

Prohibited
To enter into or fish without a valid Freshwater Game Fishing License and entry permit or other appropriate license or permit, and a USCG approved personal floatation device, and provided that all licensees or permittees under 15 years of age are accompanied by an adult.
To enter onto, fish from, or approach within 200 feet of the spillway dam and its shoreline, or to enter into or fish within the Forest Reserve along the North Fork.
To swim, water ski, camp, picnic, build fires, dispose of refuse or pollute the waters, or damage public or private property.
To possess any firearms, air rifles or pistols, bows and arrows, spear, trotlines, nets other than dip nets, chemicals or other illegal fishing gear.
To snag any fish.
To operate a boat exceeding 18 feet in length, or for purposes other than fishing, or at speeds in excess of five miles per hour, or constructed of material other than wood unless provided with flotation to render the boat unsinkable.

Exceptions to size and bag limits
Bass and tucunare. Catch and release fishing only. Unlawful to keep, retain, hold, or kill any bass or tucunare. Bass or tucunare brought to shore or on board a vessel must be returned to the water immediately.
Oscar. Bag limit 1.

Nu`uanu Freshwater Fish Refuge
HAR 13-61
Nu`uanu Freshwater Fish Refuge

Location: The Nuuanu Freshwater Fish Refuge includes the City and County of Honolulu's Nuuanu Reservoirs No. 2, 3, and 4, located between Honolulu and Kailua off the Pali Highway on Oahu.

Prohibited
To enter into refuge unless accompanied by an agent of, or with a permit issued by the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

Nu'uanu Reservoir No. 4 is now closed to fishing.

Ewa Limu Management Area
HAR 188-22.8

Location: The Ewa Limu Management Area is located in the waters off Ewa Beach on the south shore of O`ahu, and extends from the western edge of the gunnery range to Mu`umu`u Street, from the shoreline 150 feet seaward.

Prohibited
To pick, gather, harvest or otherwise take limu without a permit.