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LIHU‘E — Open fishing season for rainbow trout in the Koke‘e Public Fishing Area will start today, states a press release from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
“Trout fishing at Pu‘u Lua Reservoir in Koke‘e has always been a popular family activity and anglers will have a chance to catch trout from last year’s stocking,” DLNR Chairperson William Aila said in the release.
The season will last until Sept. 30. Anglers may fish daily between sunrise and sunset.
The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler.
Anglers shall fish with only one pole and line, or with one line with one lure or one baited hook attached to one line. Treble hooks are prohibited.
Last year 1,866 anglers caught 8,629 trout which averaged 14” in length and 1 and a half pounds.
Anglers must have a valid State of Hawai‘i freshwater game fishing license, which can be obtained at DLNR offices, selected fishing supply stores, license agents or online at the DLNR website.
The DLNR is encouraging anglers to purchase licenses online due to a personnel shortage.
DLNR recommends a four-wheel drive vehicle to access all main fishing areas, including Pu‘u Lua Reservoir, streams and ditch systems.
All anglers are to check in and out at established check-in stations as follows:
— Pu‘u Lua Reservoir’s two stations at the parking area and at the reservoir intake while fishing at the reservoir
— Koke‘e Park headquarters for the Koke‘e streams and ditch systems and access through Camp Ten and Halemanu roads
— Trail 2 for lower ditch
Complete fishing rules and additional information can be found at www.hawaii.gov/DLNR or by calling 832-5009.
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