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Oahu

If you can pull yourself away from the grass skirts and coconut cocktails, you'll find some top catfish and bass angling less than an hour from Waikiki Beach on Oahu. One hundred years ago, the 350-acre Wahiawa Reservoir (Lake Wilson) was created for sugarcane irrigation. Years later, largemouth bass and channel catfish from the mainland and peacock bass from South America were introduced and now thrive. Typical cats range from two to six pounds and bass up to seven pounds are caught with regularity. The lake-record largemouth is nine pounds, the record peacock is eight pounds and the biggest catfish is just over 40 pounds. The lake lies in a narrow canyon loaded with structure and bankside cover. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater plugs produce both largemouth and peacock bass. Catch-and-release regulations are currently in effect for the largemouths and peacocks. Catfish are caught on tilapia fished live or dead as well as on prepared catfish baits. The fishing is good yearlong. Wahiawa Reservoir is public water and there is a launch ramp on the south shore. In addition to fishing from shore or your own boat, you can book guided trips. Contact: Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (808-587-0100).