DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Applications Available July 24 for Catfishing
HONOLULU — On Saturday, August 26, 2006, DLNR will re-open Nu‘uanu Reservoir No. 4 for weekend channel catfish fishing. Fishers who want to catch the stocked catfish can do so by obtaining a valid State of Hawai‘i freshwater game fishing license and an entry fishing card. Applications for the entry cards will be available starting July 24, 2006.
"Fishing for channel catfish this year has been very good and the anglers are having a lot of fun reeling in the fish," said DLNR chairperson Peter Young. "The largest fish caught so far this year weighed over 26 pounds and you may catch a bigger one because we're seen some whoppers swimming around in the reservoir," he said.
Prospective anglers may pick up applications for entry fishing cards at DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources at 1151 Punchbowl Street, room 330* (* please note new location – fishing license counter has moved and is no longer on the first floor), and from various licensing agents on Oahu. Applications will be available July 24 to August 11. Blank applications will not be mailed out.
The deadline for submitting applications to DLNR is 4:00 p.m. on Friday August 11, 2006. For mailing, enclose the application cards(s) in an envelope addressed to Anuenue Fisheries Research Center, 1039 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819. A drawing will then be held to assign each cardholder a fishing date and time.
Processed entry cards sent back to applicants will indicate the date and time that fishers may enter the reservoir. Entry will be strictly limited to those who have appropriate entry cards. Anglers must participate during the period they are assigned to fish. There will be no make-up periods or refunds. Fishing will continue on consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays only, until all anglers with assigned fishing times have been accommodated.
All cardholders will also be required to show a valid freshwater game fishing license while fishing. Those eight (8) years old or younger are not required to be licensed, but must be accompanied by a licensed, supervising adult. All cardholders 15 years old or younger must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Freshwater game fishing licenses may be purchased at licensing agents (call 587-0100 for current locations) as follows:
The bag limit is two (2) channel catfish per licensed angler. Any channel catfish 16 inches long or larger must be kept by the angler and be counted toward the bag limit. Channel catfish caught by unlicensed anglers eight years old or younger will be included in the bag limit for the licensed, supervising adult. However, cardholders eight years old or younger may purchase a license to obtain their own bag limit.
Each fishing day will be divided into four-hour fishing periods, a morning session from 7 to 11 a.m., and an afternoon session from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Warm clothing and rain gear are strongly recommended while fishing at Nu‘uanu reservoir. For further information, call Dennis Shinno, Division of Aquatic Resources, at 832-5009.
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