Fishing for the last time?

Cora Anderson
Cora Anderson
Russell Fujita
Russell Fujita
Jody Parker
Jody Parker

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

NUUANU (KHNL) - After a delay, catfishing season finally begins on Oahu. But it is this popular fishing hole that may be the one that gets away. This season may be the last, for fishermen at the Nuuanu Reservoir.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has already closed a hatchery that supplies fish there. Another setback is on the horizon.

The Board of Water Supply owns the reservoir. They plan on draining most of the water because it costs too much to maintain.

Anglers say this will paralyze the fishing program that has been helping families reel in not only fish, but many memorable moments as well, for nearly 50 years.

Some were too heavy. Some matched the stature of their catcher. Some saw familiar faces. But these types of moments may swim away for good.

"It's gonna be sad not be coming here anymore, every time we come here, we catch fish all the time," Fisherwoman Cora Anderson said.

For Anderson, catching catfish is only the start.

"I boil 'em and make Sinigang," she said.

In case you didn't know what that is, well, it's a Filipino soup dish.

Even a windy day like Sunday couldn't keep anglers away from reeling in that big catch.

"One time we came, we caught a whole bunch of 'em big fishes," Fisherman Russell Fujita said.

For the past 20 years, three generations of this family have enjoyed coming to this Nuuanu Reservoir. It's one of only a few freshwater spots left on Oahu.

"That's why we make sure we come this year, before we cannot come again," Fujita said. "You gotta go out into the ocean, but that's a lot of competition out there, there's a lot of people out there."

It's not known when it'll close, but many already know the fishing tales they make this weekend, may be the last ones for good.

"It's a family thing, I got my son, my son's grandfather, we all enjoy it, but it's gonna be sad when it does close down," Fisherman Jody Parker said.

A little more than 7,000 people applied for fishing permits this summer. The state nearly sank the program. But officials managed to re-adjust worker schedules and allow only a morning session per day.