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Have you ever wanted to go ice fishing in New England but didn’t know where to start? Whether you are coming from somewhere “down south” or if you live in the region and just never had the chance to get out on the ice, it can be helpful to get some tips. Ice fishing in Wolfeboro on Lake Winnipesaukee is an exciting and thrilling adventure. Like any other type of fishing, there are some quiet periods where not much is happening, so it pays to be prepared, especially if you are bringing young children. Bob house rentals and other Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies can be obtained at the NH Hole in the Wall. We have everything you need to enjoy your New Hampshire ice fishing experience.
Ice-In and Ice-Out
While there is no specific “ice fishing season,” as temperature fluctuations, storm patterns, and a whole host of other weather-related issues can affect ice fishing, the general season will run somewhere between late December and mid-April in New Hampshire. The official ice fishing season begins at what is known as “ice-in,” when the ice is thick and safe enough for fishing. So, of course, the season ends at what is known as “ice-out,” when the ice becomes unstable or melts to a thickness that is no longer determined as safe for fishing. Lake Winnipesaukee supports a wide variety of warm water fish species, as well as a range of species that prefer colder waters.
It is important to know that landlocked salmon may not be taken through the ice. Waters that are managed for lake trout or salmon have a set season that ranges between January 1 – March 31. When in doubt, ask a local expert when you visit the NH Hole in the Wall to pick up your supplies for New Hampshire ice fishing. There are other regulations that must be followed, such as a limit of only two traps or lines when fishing on “lake trout and salmon” lakes like Lake Winnipesaukee. Other bodies of water may allow for up to six traps or lines per person when fishing, so it is important to ask before putting out your lines.
What to Bring
When heading to New Hampshire to try your hand at ice fishing in Wolfeboro, make sure to bring along some supplies that will make your trip a lot more exciting. Preparation is critical for a fishing trip that is sure to be quite chilly out on the ice. Make sure to have safety equipment on hand, including a flotation device, picks, and cleats. It’s better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. Flashlights with fresh batteries, clippers for cutting lines, needlenose pliers for removing hooks, a lake map, and a disposable camera are all great to keep on hand for emergencies.
- Clothing items should include a warm jacket, ski pants, hat, gloves or mittens, warm socks (bring an extra pair or two with you out on the ice), boots, and an extra set of clothes. If you fall in the water, you will want some warm, dry clothes. It’s a long way back to the cabin or hotel if you fall through the ice, especially if you are soaked to the skin.
- Food items should include a fresh supply of water for each person; food and snacks for the duration of your trip, along with extras just in case – jerky, trail mix, granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit are good, healthy choices; a thermos full of hot beverage or food; and consider heating elements for cooking out on the ice.
- Fishing items should include rod holders, skimmer, minnow bucket, chair to sit on, sled to haul your fishing equipment, live bait such as minnows or grubs, tip-ups, tackle box, fishing rods and reels, extra line, and your fishing license. You can get all of this at the NH Hole in the Wall, including all specialized Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies, augers, and fishing technology products.
- Extra items to consider include: bob house rentals or a portable fish house, a heater with extra fuel canisters, and first-aid equipment
Visit the NH Hole in the Wall
If you are ready to try your hand at New Hampshire ice fishing, make sure to stop in at the NH Hole in the Wall before you head out on the ice. We have the best ice fishing equipment around, including Eagle Claw, Grand Master Wood, Parallel, Electronic Polar, Ice Eagle, and Original Tip-Ups. We also sell jig sticks and ready-to-go jig sticks, ice skimmers, ice fishing line, shelter anchors, free standing rod holders, ice jig boxes, tip-up fishing line, fish scalers, retractable safety picks, and hand warmers.
Check out our full line of multi-purpose sleds, which are ideal for ice fishing in Wolfeboro, as well as transporting equipment, deer, traps, decoys, and firewood. We have an optional hitch for use with snowmobiles or ATVs. Our sleds offer a quick connection without the need for clips or pins, and feature specially contoured hulls to allow for easy pulling by hand with a provided tow rope. Choose from hand augers, high-compression propane ice augers, or ion electric ice augers, which can drill up to a thousand inches per charge. Give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) or stop by our location on North Main Street in Wolfeboro when you arrive. We highly recommend reserving bob house rentals and other fishing rentals in advance due to limited supplies.