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While most people might think about Michigan or Florida for fishing trips, one of the best places in the nation to go for fishing year-round is the great state of New Hampshire. With over a thousand bodies of water and five major lakes that are great for boating, fishing and recreation, you should be putting New Hampshire at the top of your vacation fishing spot list. There are lots of competitions line up throughout the year in the local area, including ice fishing tournaments in the winter and bass fishing tournaments in the spring.
If you are traveling a great distance to come visit our beautiful lakes, you can just pack a bag and get on a plane. Our local tackle rentals, bait stores and boat rentals in Wolfeboro, can provide you with everything you need to create some amazing fishing memories.
Top 5 Lakes in New Hampshire
It pays to know a little bit about what to expect when you come up to New England to fish. While there are plenty of ponds, streams, rivers and creeks to fish, our lakes are some of the most diverse and well-stocked in the region. While many vacationers come to the area for boating, water skiing, swimming and camping, it is the fishing here that really attracts people the most. Families enjoy the area, as do couples and individuals, due to the wide range of activities throughout the year. Festivals, tournaments, music and other entertainment venues provide much to see and do. Hiking in our Polar Caves and camping in our natural woods are just some of the other attractions that bring people to the local area.
- #1 – Lake Winnipesaukee
The largest lake of all the amazing lakes in New Hampshire is Lake Winnipesaukee. Made famous in Hollywood movies and vacationers to New England, many families come here for the summer to enjoy the over 250 miles of shoreline and over 350 islands. You can get boat rentals in Wolfeboro for serious fishing or pleasure, check out our local tackle rentals and bait stores for impromptu fishing excursions, or just rent a row boat for an afternoon out on the water. A wide array of fish are caught in this very popular lake, including rainbow trout, carp, small and largemouth bass, bluegill, striped bass and many other species.
- #2 – Lake Umbagog
A very clean and clear lake, this region that encompasses the second largest lake in the state, is known for its abundant wildlife. Fishing is permitted with a license inside of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are cautioned to drive carefully, as large animals are also present, including moose. Many come for the hiking and wildlife viewing, but this lake is also very popular with fishermen. Local tackle rentals and Wolfeboro bait stores can help anglers on their way up to Lake Umbagog as well, to equip you with everything you need for a successful trip in New Hampshire. Smallmouth bass, pickerel and yellow perch are widely caught fish in this lake.
- #3 – Lake Squam
If camping is your thing, make sure to check out the primitive campsites located on the islands here at Lake Squam. New Hampshire’s third largest lake has a lot of great activities, including nature tours, wildlife viewing and education, hiking, camping and, of course, fishing. Fishermen will be delighted to find several species of freshwater fish in these waters, including large and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, trout and landlocked salmon. Check out boat rentals in Wolfeboro when you stop at local tackle rentals and bait stores.
- #4 – Newfound Lake
The fourth largest lake in New Hampshire is also one of the deepest. There is a large park near the public beach with hiking trails and tours around the perimeter of the lake. Camping, in RV sites, cabins and primitive camping, is allowed along the shore and on two of the islands within the lake. Motorized boats are permitted at Newfound Lake. This lake is known as one of the best lakes in the state for landlocked salmon and trout. Ask about popular lures and live bait at the local Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle shop for salmon and trout fishing in New Hampshire.
- #5 – Lake Winnisquam
The smallest of the five largest lakes in New Hampshire, this lake is still rather large. It covers a lot of area due to its long and narrow shape, which brings it along many towns along the way. Similar to other popular lakes in the state, Lake Winnisquam has public beaches and allows the use of most watercraft. Check boat rentals in Wolfeboro for use in these top fishing and boating lakes and ask about local tackle rentals and suggestions for successful bait depending on the season. Rainbow trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon and white perch are found in these waters, along with other varieties of freshwater fish.
The Hole in the Wall is a popular Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle store that offers a wide range or rentals, for purchase items, and live bait as well. It pays to visit local Wolfeboro bait stores to ensure that you have the right equipment and bait for the season, as well as to check local depth charts, maps and get tips from the local fishermen. No trip to the lake would be complete without a stop at The Hole in the Wall. Regardless of where you go in New Hampshire, make sure to stop by and check out our store. Give us a call at 603-569-HOLE (4653) or stop by our location on Main Street in Wolfeboro.