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There are some pretty exciting varieties of fish to catch when you visit New Hampshire. In Lake Winnipesaukee, you’ll find salmon, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, whitefish, yellow perch, bullhead catfish, pickerel, sunfish, rainbow trout, lake trout, brook trout, and cusk. However, the species that most people come here to catch include salmon, trout, and bass. The best way to get to these fish is to use Wolfeboro boat rentals. Live bait in New Hampshire is available at the NH Hole in the Wall, where you can also add to your collection of custom fishing rods and reels. As one of the more popular bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro, we have a wide range of options available to help outfit beginner and experienced anglers who want to go home with a story to tell about catching “the big one” on Lake Winnipesaukee.
The Best Spots to Fish
Depending on the time of year, the fish can be found in a variety of areas. Fishing near islands or rocky areas can be a great way to score a good haul, but if you are aiming to catch the larger species, you’ll want to head out to deep water. Drop-offs are often popular spots, as well as grass lines that include rock or gravel bottoms. Hot summer days might require you to go out even further, as many species will head for deeper water to stay cool. A variety of live bait in New Hampshire and lures are available at our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro. Speak with the sales staff at the counter or chat up locals to find out what the fish are biting on at the moment.
Year-round fishing is one of the attractions here at Lake Winnipesaukee. While Wolfeboro is known as America’s first summer vacation spot, we get visitors from all over the world during all four seasons. Fall and winter fishing are just as exciting as spring and summer fare, with plenty of opportunities to catch big fish and snap photos to share with family and friends. Wolfeboro boat rentals are really the best way to get to the larger fish, and electronic fish finders and video cameras can also be a huge help. If you are not used to large lake fishing, you might want to search for a few videos with tips on bait, lures, and how to find the best spots online ahead of your trip.
New Hampshire Fishing Licenses
Individuals who are 16 and older must have a fishing license. However, if you fish from a licensed party boat or charter boat, you do not need a license. You can get a freshwater fishing license from the NH Hole in the Wall when you arrive in town. We also have options for 1-day freshwater fishing, 3-day freshwater fishing, and 7-day freshwater fishing. Some licenses are resident-only, and there are certain situations where other New England fishing licenses may be transferrable in New Hampshire. Take time to visit the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game website before your trip to see what is required.
Combination fishing and hunting licenses are also available, as well as hunting-only options. If you have questions about the various species that are okay to fish or hunt during your upcoming trip, go ahead and contact the NH Hole in the Wall direct. We can answer your questions or direct you to a government website that might have additional information. Depending on the time of year that you visit, we can also offer OHRV registrations for snowmobiles, ATVs, trail bikes, and transfer or replacement options. Contact our team to find out more about these licensing opportunities.
Wolfeboro Boat Rentals & Sales
The NH Hole in the Wall also has a variety of boat rentals and boats for sale for you to consider during your trip. Our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro carry a wide range of sporting goods as well, including lures, custom fishing rods, and reels, and live bait in New Hampshire. Never bring live bait to another state, as there are many laws and regulations regarding the transportation and use of non-native species in the local waters. It is a proud responsibility to safeguard the natural environments that you enjoy wherever you go fishing or hunting, and these laws should be respected.
If you would like to reserve Wolfeboro boat rentals ahead of your trip or learn more about the options available in the way of live bait in New Hampshire at the Hole in the Wall, give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE. Our team can assist you with online shopping questions, details on the sporting goods that we carry, and license questions for fishing, hunting, and motorboat operation. Stop by our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro to take advantage of all the tools, equipment, and gear available to help you catch “the big one” during your next visit to Lake Winnipesaukee.