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Even if you have many years of fishing experience in another state, it is essential to learn the ins and outs of fishing regulations and requirements when you visit New Hampshire. Lake Winnipesaukee is a popular fishing spot for anglers who come here from all around the globe to experience our deep and unique waters. The more you can learn about licensing and the use of live bait in New Hampshire ahead of your visit, the faster you’ll be able to get your line in the water when you arrive. If you are looking for boat rentals or are bringing your own vessel into the state, make sure to read up on the laws regarding boat usage on the website for the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game.
Live Bait in New Hampshire
The first thing you need to know is that it is against the law to bring live baitfish and other types of live bait into New Hampshire from another state. The NH Hole in the Wall sells a wide variety of live bait, lures, and custom fishing rods and reels at our local shop. You can also find a list of licensed and approved baitfish dealers on the Department of Fish & Game website if you are looking for something specific. The law states that “no person shall import, possess, sell, exhibit, or release any live marine species or wildlife, or the eggs or progeny thereof, without first obtaining a permit…” from state authorities. This is to prevent the introduction of invasive species or animals that could pose a risk to the eco-system from polluting our waters. Zebra mussels, as well as baitfish that come from states that are known to have waters that are infested with zebra mussels, are of chief concern.
Some of the common types of live bait in New Hampshire that you can purchase from authorized dealers include smelt, minnows, suckers, shiners, and lake or creek chub. The NH Hole in the Wall carries a wide range of live bait options for year-round fishing, including ice fishing in Wolfeboro after ice-out, including minnows, smelt, tip up suckers, cut bait suckers, Canadian crawlers, dillies, trout worms, meal worms, and spike. We also carry a wide range of popular lures and flies, such as BB Gun, Tommy Gun, Top-Gun, and a variety of loose lures. Fishing electronics are allowed and available for rent or purchase at the NH Hole in the Wall, including underwater video cameras, and LCD monitors with auto-heat for optimal cold water performance.
Fishing Rentals in Wolfeboro
Another unique opportunity available to those who come to Lake Winnipesaukee for a weekend visit or longer vacation is fishing rentals. The NH Hole in the Wall has a variety of rental opportunities for everything from boats to custom fishing rods and reels. We also carry a wide range of equipment for ice fishing in Wolfeboro if you come up in the winter time. Winter fishing includes many different types of popular species, as well as ice fishing derbies and experiences. Live bait in New Hampshire is available year-round at our popular bait shop, along with custom fishing rods and reels for every season.
Boat rentals include motorboats, row boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, depending on your interests. You can even rent one of our popular Lund Aluminum Super Sport 25 HP motorboats with a salmon package included. The salmon package features downrigger rods, life jackets, and additional equipment to help make your fishing trip to Lake Winnipesaukee even more successful. Our options for Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle rentals include one-tray, two-tray, three-tray, and six-tray tackle boxes for all of your gear and fishing tools. Choose from red, green, and blue to coordinate with the rest of your fishing equipment.
Call and Reserve in Advance
Whether you plan on renting a boat, getting a temporary fishing license, or purchasing live bait in New Hampshire, make sure to call the NH Hole in the Wall in advance. When it comes to boat rentals, the sooner, the better. If you require a boating safety certificate, which is needed to operate vessels more than 25 HP in the State of New Hampshire, you can get a head start at home before you arrive. This will help you to get right out on the water when you get here and prevent wasting valuable fishing time. The same is true for fishing or hunting licenses. Contact our team to get pricing information and requirements so you’ll be prepared for your trip ahead of time. You can reach our team at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653).