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Before the entire lake becomes frozen, there are still some anglers who make their way to New Hampshire to try their hand at cold water fishing. Winter fishing supplies are very similar to the tackle that you might use during other times of the year. Of course ice fishing tackle is very different, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. When you come to Lake Winnipesaukee, fishing tackle and lures should be altered slightly to accommodate the change in the fish when the water is cold. It’s time to slow it down and go a little slower in order to catch the attention of the fish.
When the water gets below 50 degrees, everything changes. In fact, some species will not chase a lure if the water gets under 50. Water temperatures that are hovering at just above 50 degrees will also elicit a different response than 70 degree waters in the summer. However, when the fish move up into the shallow water regions of the lake when the weather begins to warm, they will still chase a lure even when the temperature gets under 50 degrees. It is important to learn all you can about your target species, not just so you can get the right bait, but also so you can understand what they are looking for and be able to give it to them.
Taking a Peek Under the Water – One way to figure out the dynamics of cold water fishing in New Hampshire is to check out the selection of rentals for Wolfeboro video cameras for fishing at The Hole in the Wall. It’s a great tool to use, especially if you are new to these waters, so you will be able to find where the fish are hiding. Even locals use them as part of their winter fishing supplies, as the behavior of fish can change with regard to the location and depth that they will be found. Stop by our bait and tackle shop to take a look at all the options we have in the way of Wolfeboro video cameras for fishing.
Choosing the Best Bait
One of the keys to cold water fishing is in choosing the best bait for the job. Different species will bite on different types of bait, so it is important to know what it is that you will be fishing for when you visit. Do not bring live bait in from other states, even from neighboring New England states, as it is against the law. Make sure to purchase live bait where you get your Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle and other winter fishing supplies. However, that being said, some of the best bait that you can use for cold water fishing are lures like grubs and spinners.
- GRUBS – When bass fishing in cold water, grubs can be the best choice to bring in a good catch. The most popular by far is the four-inch grub with the curly tail. Use it with a quarter-ounce jig head and reach down to the depths where the bass hang out the most when the temperature drops. Rock banks with up to a 45-degree slope are excellent for winter bass fishing, as the bass use the banks to move up and down to feed without having to expend a lot of energy, as they would in open water. Stop by The Hole in the Wall to see our selection of Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle, including these popular curly tailed grubs.
- SPINNERS – Another popular choice is known as a head spinner, which is an excellent choice for fishing over deep cover areas like weed edges or bridge pilings. Combine it with soft plastic lures or skirts to really grab the attention of the fish. In the winter, it is best to pitch spinners right to the cover and then let it fall. Maintain a tight line while the lure bounces off the cover so it flutters and shines a bit on the way down. The Hole in the Wall has a wide range of spinners on hand as well for you to add to your winter fishing supplies in addition to ice fishing tackle and other fishing options.
There are lots of other lures and options that can be used for winter fishing at Lake Winnipesaukee. Don’t forget to try our Wolfeboro video cameras for fishing, especially if you are having a hard time locating the fish in the lake. Talk with the locals about the best time to fish. Some people swear that a warm front will bring out the bass, especially if there is a warm rain and a change in barometric pressure. This can cause the bass to come out and feed, moving to the areas of the lake where the water is the warmest.
Visit The Hole in the Wall
So the next time you make plans to come and do some cold water fishing at Lake Winnipesaukee, make sure to stop by The Hole in the Wall to check out our winter fishing supplies. Whether you need ice fishing tackle or Wolfeboro video cameras for fishing, our team can help you to find everything you need in-store. Our selection of Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle, lures and live bait is second to none, so make sure you stop by our location on Main Street in Wolfeboro or give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653).