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Have you ever wanted to go ice fishing? New Hampshire ice fishing is known across the country for being some of the best in the nation. Ice fishing does require some special equipment that you probably won’t find in your regular tackle kit. If you want to come up to Lake Winnipesaukee to go ice fishing, you can get a lot of the ice fishing equipment you need at the NH Hole in the Wall. We even rent ice fishing tackle and other winter fishing supplies, including Bob House rentals. Local bait is also offered at our tackle store, so you don’t really need to bring anything with you when you come here for an ice fishing trip.
What You Will Need
New Hampshire ice fishing is similar to other types of fishing, but the equipment that is used will be quite different. You will need a bucket, which can be used as a bait bucket. Some ice fishermen will also use a bucket as a seat out on the ice, but you can also bring out a folding chair or another type of seat. An ice scoop is used to remove the excess ice from the hole after it is drilled with an ice chisel or an auger. An ice safety pick is highly recommended, as are ice cleats for extra traction. A variety of tip-ups and jig sticks are available at the NH Hole in the Wall. You can also get jig boxes, rod holders, ice skimmers, ice fishing line, fish scalers, and other types of ice fishing tackle.
In addition to ice fishing equipment, you will also need to wear proper winter clothing. Some ice fishermen use something called a Frabill suit. Backup winter clothing is also recommended, just in case you go into the water. Durable, heavy-duty boots that are warm and insulated should also be worn. A few other things that can come in handy include hand warmers, a multi-purpose sled, extra hitches, and clips. A Bob House, which is a traditional ice fishing shelter, can also be used to provide you with some relief from the weather and cold temperatures. A fully charged cell phone is also recommended, along with any food and beverages that you will want to have with you, as well as other winter fishing supplies.
Ice Fishing Techniques
Compared to other types of fishing, ice fishing is merely a method that allows a fisherman to catch fish through a hole in the ice. It can be done on ponds or lakes. In some instances, ice fishing can even be done on a river. Lake Winnipesaukee is a popular ice fishing destination. An annual ice fishing derby happens here every year with lots of fun prizes and incentives for all. Some people will have very elaborate set-ups for ice fishing tackle, while others keep it simple. There have been a lot of changes to ice fishing in recent years, as modern equipment and augers have made it much easier to drill holes for fishing. It is important to learn all you can about ice fishing safety and ice fishing equipment before you head out on the ice.
Because of the extreme temperatures and inherent dangers, ice fishing is considered to be a very dangerous method of fishing. It is important to follow all of the safety steps associated with New Hampshire ice fishing and to learn the local laws and regulations. Frozen water is not deemed safe for walking on until it gets to at least four inches. Some experienced fishermen will go out on thinner ice, but it is not recommended. Be sure to tell someone where you are fishing and when you plan to return, just in case something goes wrong. Keep a charged cell phone with you at all times in case you need to call for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice if you are new to ice fishing. Many times, the place where you rent winter fishing supplies or purchase ice fishing bait can help you figure out what else you might need to have a successful trip.
Reserve Your Equipment in Advance
If you are planning a trip to Lake Winnipesaukee to try your hand at New Hampshire ice fishing, make sure to call ahead. You can reserve ice fishing equipment, including Bob House rentals, at the NH Hole in the Wall before you arrive. Just give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) and speak with one of our team members. We can provide you with information about ice fishing tackle and other winter fishing supplies for your upcoming fishing trip.