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Best Fish to Catch in Winter Near Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Best Fish to Catch in Winter Near Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Winter Fishing in New HampshireYear-round fishing in New Hampshire is one of the biggest draws to the Lakes Region. People come from all across the country and around the world to enjoy fishing in this beautiful area. Bring all of your gear or just “come as you are” and take advantage of local tackle rentals, live bait options and all of the winter fishing supplies you could ever need at the NH Hole in the Wall in Wolfeboro. We also have a wide selection of custom fishing rods and reels and popular ice fishing equipment to make the experience even more memorable.

There are a variety of different species that can be caught, depending on the time of year. When it comes to winter fishing, the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game restricts the taking of salmon through the ice. You can see the full list of fishing seasons and regulations on their website so you’ll know what to expect. You can get fishing licenses online or purchase them at the Hole in the Wall when you arrive.

Stocked Season Fishing

Each year the NH Fish & Game Department stocks New Hampshire waters with nearly a million trout. A complete schedule of stocking and fishing requirements during the season is available on their website, but for winter fishing all you need to know is that the season for most stocked fish begins on January 1 for rivers and streams, wild trout streams, and for fishing in lake trout or salmon waters, such as the world famous Lake Winnipesaukee. Other restrictions apply for trout ponds and other waters. You can catch a variety of different fish in addition to stocked trout, so make sure you take time to learn about the unique fishing opportunities before you visit Wolfeboro.

Some of the waters in the Wolfeboro area that get stocked with catchable-sized trout include the Smith River, Wentworth Lake, Wiley Brook, and the world-famous Lake Winnipesaukee. Contact the NH Hole in the Wall or visit the NH Fish & Game website to see a full list of stock dates and waters that are stocked by the department.

Rainbow Trout

Since salmon cannot be caught through the ice in winter, rainbow trout make a fun and exciting alternative. A variety of baits can be used to catch rainbow trout in the winter, including both live and synthetic varieties. Rainbow trout fishing involves setting up a short line with a tip up just under the ice near the shallows of the lake or pond. Live baits and synthetic salmon eggs are often the best choice but check with the locals for even more tips on what works best to catch this popular species.

Lake Trout

Unlike the rainbow variety, lake trout can be found in the depths of the lake hovering near the bottom. You will need a much longer line, especially if you are fishing at Lake Winnipesaukee. When you come in for winter fishing supplies, chat with our team for tips on the best locations, bait and ice fishing equipment to provide you with an advantage for catching the lake trout species during your trip.


Different from trout, which travel alone in search of prey, perch often travel in schools. This is why it can sometimes be difficult to locate them if you don’t know where to look. Experts suggest the use of a suspended line of bait or using multiple holes to find the fish first before really going after this species. Jigging rods are a popular choice and common baits used to attract perch include worms of all varieties, including meal worms and grubs.


One of the main reasons why people come up to New Hampshire is to fish the largemouth and smallmouth bass that inhabit our lakes. They are both typically found in the shallow areas where there are lots of weeds, coves, and cover. Live bait is the most successful approach, but anglers have done quite well with a variety of bass-specific lures and synthetic baits. Bass never fail to excite, so make sure to make some time to fish for this action-packed species when you come up to New Hampshire.

Visit the NH Hole in the Wall

Whatever species is on your “hit list” this winter, make sure to stop by the NH Hole in the Wall, located on North Main Street in Wolfeboro, to check out our full line of ice fishing equipment and winter fishing supplies. Choose from a wide range of custom fishing rods and reels, live bait options, and even some local tackle rentals. We have everything you need to create an enjoyable experience during your visit. Give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) or use our online contact form to reach out to our team.

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