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If you aren’t very experienced in lake fishing, as compared to river or stream fishing and even ocean fishing, it is important to gather all of the tips that you can that will help give you an advantage when you get boat rentals in Wolfeboro. Fishing tackle rentals are also available, so if you don’t have the right equipment for lake fishing, you can always get what you need. Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle is available at the Hole in the Wall bait and tackle shop on Main in Wolfeboro. You can also get live bait in New Hampshire to help you catch some of our most popular seasonal species.
Whether you have been away from fishing for several years, or if this is your first time taking the kids out on the water, you should always take time to learn all you can to improve your skills. It’s no fun to get out on the water only to come home without a catch. These tips will help you improve your success out on Lake Winnipesaukee so you can thoroughly enjoy your visit and get the most out of your boat rentals in Wolfeboro. If you have any questions about what live bait in New Hampshire or lures are currently working, make sure to ask one of our friendly employees. They are happy to help point you in the right direction.
Tip #1 – Get the Right Bait
You have to have the right bait to attract the right type of fish. You should purchase live bait in New Hampshire when you arrive to get your boat rentals in Wolfeboro, as it is illegal to bring live bait in from other states. This is to protect the natural ecosystem and keep it free from invasive species and other problematic animals. You can also get artificial lures when you check out the Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle or get them as part of local fishing tackle rentals. It is always good to mix it up and take advice from the locals on what to use.
Tip #2 – Fish Around Inlets and Outlets
Lakes are fed by rivers and streams. This can often be the best places to fish, as bait fish will hang out around the mouth of the river or stream and the big fish go there to eat them. Fish will gravitate toward areas of the lake that have the specific water temperatures that make them feel the most comfortable. Water that enters of drains from a lake is usually cooler than the still waters of the center of the lake.
Tip #3 – Explore the Depths
In the early part of the morning and near sunset, you will typically find fish in the shallower ends of the lake. However, in the middle of the day when the temperature is the hottest, they will often dive down deep to the cooler depths of the lake. If you are having trouble locating fish during the day, ask about electronic fish finders at the Hole in the Wall where you get your fishing tackle rentals and live bait in New Hampshire.
Tip #4 – Get in the Weeds
Now this is not something you want to do when golfing, but if you are lake fishing, getting in the weeds is one of the best things you can do. Big species of fish like to hide in the weeds and ambush their prey, so it’s a great place to drop some bait or a lure and try to get a bite. If you can find a weed bed that leads directly to deeper water where the big fish also go, you might be in for some amazing fishing luck.
Tip #5 – Look for Junk
Lake Winnipesaukee is one of the cleanest and most pristine lakes that you will ever fish. That being said, there are sunken objects in just about every lake on the planet. Fallen trees, branches and even intentionally placed fish habitats are great places to fish. These structures help fish feel safe and, like with the weeds, the bigger fish come to ambush the smaller fish. Using an underwater video camera, which you can rent with boat rentals in Wolfeboro, you can find underwater structures and “junk” that will help you catch some awesome fish.
Tip #6 – Fish with the Wind
Bait fish are small and will usually get pushed to the shores of the lake on a windy day. This is great for fishing on the water’s edge or even using boat rentals in Wolfeboro, as then the bigger fish will also come closer to the shore to feed on those tiny fish. Look for drift lines in the water. They will help you find the bait fish and, as a result, locate some of the bigger fish just waiting along the edge.
Tip #7 – Follow the Local Laws
Whatever you do, make sure you take time to ask about local laws and regulations. Getting a license is just half the battle. Knowing the laws about using boat rentals in Wolfeboro, regulations regarding live bait in New Hampshire and even restrictions on Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle must be adhered to diligently. If you are unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to ask at the Hole in the Wall bait and tackle shop or contact local Fish & Game. Call the Hole in the Wall by dialing 603-569-HOLE (4653) or stop by our location in Wolfeboro on Main Street for boat rentals, fishing tackle rentals, live bait and more.