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Fall Foliage & Great Fishing: Lake Winnipesaukee in Autumn

Fall Foliage & Great Fishing: Lake Winnipesaukee in Autumn

Fall Leaves - Fishing in AutumnLooking for a vacation that will get you a glimpse of beautiful New England leaves and an amazing fishing trip that you will never forget? Come to beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire! Spectacular fall foliage fills the landscape, surrounding the shimmering waters of this legendary lake that features year-round fishing. Known for its trophy class small-mouth and large-mouth bass fishing, the lake is also pretty great for catching lake trout and land locked salmon.

To get to the small-mouth bass and other popular fish, many of our visitors take advantage of boat rentals in Lake Winnipesaukee. You can get all of the salmon lures and flys you could ever need at our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro. Whether you want to rent a boat, buy a custom fishing rod, purchase live bait or try out an underwater video camera, you can get it all at the Hole in the Wall. Even if you have visited our waters before in the summer, make sure you don’t miss out on the beauty that surrounds this place in autumn.

Best Times for Fall Fishing
You will want to check with the annual fishing seasons posted on the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game website for actual fishing dates, however at the time of this writing, the best time to come to Lake Winnipesaukee in the fall is from early September on through mid-October. Some areas of the lake will be closed to fishing as of October 16th, including the areas within 500 feet of Gunstock River, Melvin River, Smith River, Merrymeeting River, Poor Farm Brook and Mink Brook. There are also restrictions of 500 feet on either side of the Main Street bridge in Wolfeboro. It is important to double-check on these restrictions when you arrive in New Hampshire, however there are still plenty of great places to fish!

There are two areas that are completely closed off from fishing between October 1st and March 31st, which includes the area of open water at Weirs Channel and the area of Paugus Bay between the railroad trestle at the south end and the Lakeport Dam in Laconia.

If you go trolling for fish at Lake Winnipesaukee, there are some rules that need to be followed for fall fishing. You can use only one artificial bait, one fly or one tandem fly, or one bait, can be used per fishing rod. In addition, only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with the bait. If you aren’t sure about these rules, go ahead and ask the staff at the Hole in the Wall bait and tackle store in Wolfeboro. You can also contact the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game or visit their website for even more information about licensing and other requirements.

Other Tips for Fall Fishing
Some fishermen swear by the benefits of fishing in the fall. Sure, it’s pretty cold up in New England by that time, so you’ll want to dress warm and in layers. However, the changing weather is said to be a real benefit to bass fishing. It is completely different from fishing in the summer, as the bass will have relocated to other parts of the lake. Get tips at local bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro and try out different types of live bait, salmon lures and flys to see what works for you. You can even rent an underwater video camera to try to find the fish, but your best bet is to stay away from the weeds.

In the summer, bass often frequent the weed beds of Lake Winnipesaukee, but in the fall they move on once the weeds begin to die off. Where the weeds are still thriving and green, you may still find some bass until winter comes. Just fish on the outer range of the weeds and you will find some good fishing. A variety of bait can help you get a solid catch, including night crawlers and large grubs. Just make sure to purchase your bait locally. Never bring live bait in from other parts of the country. There are regulations posted by the Department of Fish & Game to prevent invasive species from ruining the fishing in these parts.

Contact the Hole in the Wall
If you are interested in reserving boat rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee or would like to know where you can visit us in-person right here at our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro, just give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653). Our staff can help you find everything you need to make your fishing trip to New Hampshire one you will never forget!

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