KOKEE — Anglers, start getting those valid State of Hawaii freshwater game fishing licenses now, rainbow trout season is opening in the Koke’e Public Fishing Area on June 15.
That area includes Pu’u Lua Reservoir and several streams and ditch systems.
This year, the daily bag limit will be 12 rainbow trout per licensed angler, catch-and-release fishing is prohibited. Each angler may fish with only one line, with one single barbed hook (lure or baited). Use of treble hooks is prohibited.
The launch or use of any vessel or floatable object, motorized, non-motorized, or wind-powered in Pu‘u Reservoir is prohibited.
No camping is permitted in the vicinity of the reservoir, and open fires are strictly prohibited due to risk of fire hazard. Dogs are prohibited around the reservoir bank for the safety and courtesy of other anglers.
“Rainbow trout fishing in the Koke’e PFA has been a popular summer activity for many years, not only enjoyed by Hawai’i residents, but families from the mainland also plan summer vacations around it, providing a nice boost to Kauai’s economy,” said Brian Neilson, administrator of the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources.
Historically, fishing isn’t as good in the ditch and river systems because those aren’t stocked; most of the catching happens at the Pu’u Lua Reservoir.
This year, 40,000 young trout were stocked in the reservoir and officials say they’re expecting a successful season. Last year, there were 3,381 anglers registered — those anglers caught 20,129 trout. The largest one was caught July 30; it measured 18.5 inches and weighed three pounds, four ounces.
Anglers must have a valid State of Hawai‘i freshwater game fishing license. Licenses may be obtained at DLNR offices, at selected fishing supply stores, license agents, or purchased online.
Anglers are advised that four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for driving to all fishing areas, including Pu‘u Lua reservoir, the streams, and ditch systems. All anglers are required to check in and out at established check-in stations:
• Pu‘u Lua Reservoir’s two stations at the parking area and at the reservoir intake.
• Koke‘e Park headquarters for streams and the upper ditch systems with access through Camp 10 and Halemanu Roads.
• Trail 2 for the lower ditch systems. Due to road hazards and conditions, vehicle access to the lower ditch systems is prohibited. Access by walk-in only.
The season runs from June 15 to September 30. Anglers may fish daily during that time from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Source: The Garden Island