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While most people think about taking a fishing vacation in the summer, there are definite benefits to choosing to make a trip in the fall. Boating safety in New Hampshire increases when the summertime tourists begin to leave the popular venues, and the decrease in recreational water sports makes it easier to fish. While the location of the fish may change as the weather begins to cool, fishing electronics in Wolfeboro can help. The use of specialized Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle, rigging, and boat rentals are also beneficial. Make sure to reserve your boat rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee through the NH Hole in the Wall ahead of your visit, as opportunities are limited to first come, first serve.
Fishing Seasons in New Hampshire
Like other states, there are limits on what can be fished and where, in the State of New Hampshire. It is important to be aware of the seasons for each species and to take time to learn where and how much they can be fished. This will help you to avoid any problems or contact with the NH Fish & Game Department when you visit Lake Winnipesaukee. If you are coming up to fish a specific type of fish, this list can also be helpful in the planning of your trip. The information below pertains only to lake fishing in New Hampshire and is limited in scope. For more information about NH fishing seasons for rivers and streams, ponds, and other types of waters, visit the www.nh.gov website.
- Trout Fishing – The catch of brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and any hybrids is limited to January 1 – September 30 for lake trout or trout fishing in salmon waters. Ice fishing for trout is between January 1 and March 31 only. There is no closed season on “other waters,” so check with the locals to find out more about the area you want to fish during your visit. Lake trout fishing is also January 1 – September 30 with ice fishing permitted only between January 1 and March 31.
- Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass Fishing – Whether you fish in lake trout and salmon waters or all “other waters” besides rivers and streams or trout ponds, there is no closed season for largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing. Catch and release is required, however, between May 15 – June 15 to preserve the next generation of bass fishing in New Hampshire waters. Similar to trout fishing, ice fishing for bass can only be done between January 1 – March 31.
- All Other Species – There is no closed season for fishing in lake trout and salmon waters, as well as in the “all other waters” category. Fishing in rivers and streams or trout ponds ends October 15, but lake fishing has no closed season. Ice fishing is also limited for all other species between January 1 – March 31.
Fall Fishing Tips for Lake Winnipesaukee
When it comes to finding the fish that you want to catch, it pays to have a little insight. Once again, fishing electronics in Wolfeboro can be helpful, but it’s a good idea to learn where to get started. When you visit the NH Hole in the Wall for your Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle, live bait, and lures, make sure to ask about the species you have come to catch. Boat rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee are also extremely helpful when it comes to fall fishing out on the lake. Make sure to pay attention to regulations for boating safety in New Hampshire, whether you rent a motorboat or non-motorized vessel during your visit.
- Landlocked Salmon – stocked annually in 15 different bodies of water throughout New Hampshire, including Lake Winnipesaukee; prefer colder waters; season runs to September 30, allowing two fish per day for this early fall season fishing
- Brown Trout – similar to other species of trout, the brown trout prefer colder waters; fish for this species in deeper waters, even in the fall months; make sure to double-check any rules or limits for trout fishing when you visit Lake Winnipesaukee
- Smallmouth Bass – preferring cooler temperatures and deeper waters than largemouth bass, smallmouths can still be found in shallow water hunting for crayfish in the fall to put on weight for the winter months
- Largemouth Bass – thrives in warm, shallow and muddy bottom lakes, you can find this species in weedy areas or hanging out near brush-covered banks looking for frogs, bait fish, snails, and worms; fish near sunken logs or stumps, as well as lily pads and other aquatic covers
Boat Rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee
Even or the fish that prefer to hang out near the shore or in weedy areas, you will benefit greatly from using boat rentals during your visit. Check out your options online via our website ahead of your visit and make sure to reserve a rental before you arrive. Contact the NH Hole in the Wall by calling 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) or use our online contact form and boat rental request to reach out to one of our team members. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about live bait, boat rentals or fishing electronics in Wolfeboro to maximize your experience. Call today to learn more about fishing license requirements, as well as licensing opportunities for hunting throughout the year.