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How to Join the Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Winnipesaukee

How to Join the Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Winnipesaukee

Ice fishing in New HampshireJust when you think that the fishing in New Hampshire during the summer months can’t be beat, along comes the opportunity to try your hand at ice fishing in Wolfeboro. Ice fishing tackle, Bob House rentals, and all sorts of popular Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies can be found at the Hole in the Wall bait and tackle shop on Main Street. Planning a trip to beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in the winter should be done in advance.

Believe it or not, thousands flock to the local are to watch or participate in the annual ice fishing derby out on the lake. There are some great opportunities for experienced anglers, as well as for those who are new to the sport. The window for ice fishing in Wolfeboro is small, but making plans for the annual derby is a great way to ensure that you get time to fish through the ice on the Big Lake.

Taking Cues from Mother Nature
The season for ice fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee is determined by the thickness of the ice. The perfect thickness for ice fishing in Wolfeboro typically occurs in January. Some years, warmer weather patterns delay ice fishing or reduce the time period that it is safe to do so, but for the most part, January and February are the best times to head up to New Hampshire for fishing. You can check local fishing reports for updates on ice thickness as the time draws near for your trip.

As you start making plans for your trip, gathering ice fishing tackle or learning about those strange, yet essential Bob House rentals, you should take time to learn about the type of fish that will be available during this time of year. Some of the species found at Lake Winnipesaukee include black crappie, rainbow trout, lake trout, white perch, yellow perch and pickerel. There are also small-mouth and large-mouth bass, as well as land locked salmon. Make sure to read up on which species can be caught during ice fishing in Wolfeboro due to statewide regulations.

The Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Early in the month of February, New Hampshire comes alive with tourists from all over America. The Meredith Rotary Club puts on the annual derby, which caters to fishermen and women from many different states. Some make the yearly trek, while it may be the first time for others. Whether you have attended this annual event before or if this is your first visit to see or fish the derby, make sure to make your reservations ahead of time for lodging and rentals so you won’t miss out.

Check the website at www.meredithrotary.org to see the information about this year’s upcoming ice fishing derby. If you don’t already have your own tackle, you can always rent ice fishing tackle at the Hole in the Wall where you get your other Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies and bait. Bob House rentals go fast, so make sure you put in your reservation early. All you need to do to participate in the Meredith Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby is purchase an entry ticket online. The prizes change each year, so make sure to check out their website for details.

What Should I Bring?
Whether you are new to ice fishing or if this is your first time ice fishing in Wolfeboro, you will want to bring some special items with you to make your trip even more enjoyable. Transporting items from your car to the fishing hole is best done with a sled or a toboggan. You can also rent these items with your ice fishing tackle. The type of tools you will need to purchase, bring or rent, includes an auger, an ice chisel and a skimmer. Additional tools are also available that might make your experience even easier.

Gloves, warm clothing, insulated boots, thick winter socks, a hat to keep your head warm and other things to make you comfortable in the freezing temperatures are also suggested. Bring something that you can sit on, a bait bucket and ice fishing tackle. Again, if you don’t want to bring your own tackle in addition to all of this gear, you can always rent it for ice fishing in Wolfeboro at the Hole in the Wall. Just make sure to get your reservation in early so you won’t be caught without. In addition to warm clothing and proper gear, you may also want food and water to get you through the day. Portable shelters, such as our Bob House rentals, are also very popular among ice fishermen.

Contact the Hole in the Wall for all of your Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies, Bob House rentals and more by calling 1-603-569-HOLE (4653). In addition to ice fishing tackle, live bait and boat rentals, we also have a wide variety of other gear that you might want to explore on our website in advance of your trip to New Hampshire!

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