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Get a Hawaii Fishing License

When you buy a Hawaii fishing license, you might be surprised to learn that you can catch rainbow trout from the Koke`e Stream on the island of Kauai. Most people imagine themselves reeling in a blue marlin from a sportfishing boat off the shores of Kona. However, after checking the Hawaii fishing regulations, you will see that there are freshwater and saltwater species to choose from when you fish in HI.

Get a Hawaii Fishing License
Fishing License

Fishing seasons, length limits, bag limits, and special laws or regulations for specific bodies of water all help with efforts to maintain healthy fish populations for future generations. Hawaii sport anglers are responsible for knowing when there are regulations such as closed seasons for certain species and minimum length requirements in place.

One of the most important ways you can help contribute to conservation efforts is to be able to properly identify each fish species. When you how to correctly name and identify the fish species in your state or area, you can be mindful of spawning periods for that particular species and handle the species in the most conservation-minded manner. For example, a venting tool is often used on deep water species such as grouper or snapper.


  • If you're looking forward to shoreline or boat fishing in Hawai‘i's ocean waters, you may be pleased to know that no license is required for marine recreational fishing.
  • But if you want to do some freshwater fishing, a Freshwater Game Fishing License is required in order to take introduced freshwater game fish.
  • You can purchase your recreational freshwater Hawaii fishing license online from the Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources or buy a license in person from an authorized fishing license agent.