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Are you thinking about doing some winter fishing in New Hampshire this year? Or are you just making plans for a winter fishing trip next year? Either way, you will want to make sure that you get all of the top winter fishing supplies and ice fishing equipment so you will be properly prepared. Make sure to visit the NH Hole in the Wall for the best options in Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle and live New Hampshire bait when you arrive, but you can also browse our website to take a look at everything we have available for a memorable winter fishing trip. If you are doing some ice fishing, make sure to contact us to ask about Bob House rentals, which do go fast and are essential if you want to stay out all day on the ice.
Stay Warm in Winter Weather
Regardless of where you are coming from and if you have any experience with winter weather or not, you will want to bring some warm clothing with you when you come up to New England in the winter. Think LAYERS when you pack, including warm thermal undergarments, thick sweaters, and layers of clothing to wear under and over everything. A nice warm jacket that is rated for freezing winter weather in New Hampshire is a must. Take time to look at the temperature ranges for the region before you come and dress appropriately. The goal of having a fun winter fishing trip should also include surviving it without hypothermia. Bring along hats, gloves, and any other cold-weather gear that would be appropriate for a day out on the ice or a day on the cold banks of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Check the Fishing Seasons
Another important step is to check with the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game to determine the various fishing seasons and restrictions. Winter technically goes from December through March, and cold weather can hang on a bit longer, depending on the year. However, the fishing seasons for various species are pretty well set, so if there is a certain type of fish that you want to catch during your trip to New Hampshire, you’ll want to check the list. Make sure to also get your fishing license when you visit the NH Hole in the Wall for your ice fishing equipment and other winter fishing supplies. We have a variety of fishing and hunting licenses available at our Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle and bait store year-round, so feel free to contact us by phone, email or stop in when you get to town.
Cold Weather Fishing vs. Ice Fishing
Different equipment will be needed depending on the type of fishing that you will want to do during your visit to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Winter fishing supplies will vary between the river and bank fishing in cold weather, early or late season boat fishing, and of course fishing out on the thick ice. Bring your own rod and reel set for river, bank, and cold weather boating, along with all of your tackle and other essential equipment. If you are new to ice fishing, you might want to purchase ice fishing equipment locally or speak with a representative ahead of your visit to find out what you will need. Ice fishing line, shelter anchors, ice jig boxes, tip-up fishing lines, safety ice picks, fish scalers, ice augers, free standing rod holders and much more can all be purchased at the NH Hole in the Wall.
Bob House rentals are an excellent investment for fishing out on the ice. However, if you won’t be doing any ice fishing, you will still want to find ways to keep warm during winter weather fishing trips. Multi-purpose sleds can be used for transporting items to and from your fishing spot both on the ice and off, including firewood, winter fishing supplies, and other Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle. Check the NH Hole in the Wall for multi-purpose sleds that can be used with an optional hitch for ATVs and snowmobiles using a quick connection without clips or pins. A tow rope is also provided for easy pulling by hand to make transporting your gear back and forth a lot less work.
Take Time to See the Sights
Visitors come to Lake Winnipesaukee year-round to see the beautiful sights and engage in the local activities. In addition to excellent fishing opportunities, we also have a lot of restaurants, museums, festivals, and even fishing tournaments. There are also other sports to engage in during this time of year, including snowmobiling, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, and even winter hiking. Take time to get out and explore the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and appreciate the beauty of the local area.
Start planning your adventure by calling 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to speak with one of our team members about ice fishing equipment, Bob House rentals, and any other winter fishing supplies that you might need. If you come when the lake is not frozen, be sure to ask about Wolfeboro boat rentals through the NH Hole in the Wall and make a reservation ahead of your visit. Boat rentals tend to go fast, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!