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While most people think about fishing as being a spring, summer, and fall activity, the truth is that fishing can be done in most places year-round. New Hampshire is known for its ice fishing opportunities so that you will find lots of winter fishing supplies, Bob House rentals, and live bait for ice fishing in Wolfeboro at the NH Hole in the Wall. However, in addition to ice fishing, it is still possible to do some fishing at the lake even in a mild winter. When the lake has not fully frozen over, there are still winter fishing options for you to enjoy. But for those who come up to New England for ice fishing, it is important to pay attention to news updates to find out when the lake has frozen over enough to allow for ice fishing to begin.
When Does Lake Winnipesaukee Freeze?
Depending on the season, the lake can freeze over around the holidays in shallower areas, such as bays and coves. However, it can take much longer for the rest of the lake to freeze over. For the most part, ice fishermen are safe in coming up to New Hampshire by the end of January, which is when the lake is typically frozen over enough for ice fishing to begin. You can even contact our team right here at the NH Hole in the Wall to find out the status of the lake, so you can begin to make your way up for ice fishing in Wolfeboro. If you don’t have any winter fishing supplies, remember that we carry everything from ice fishing poles to augers, sleds and even live bait to help you have a great time out on the lake.
Once the lake has iced in, it is usually safe for visitors and locals to walk out on the ice through March. Some years the lake has remained frozen into early April. Weather and ice conditions can change from year-to-year, so it is a good idea to stay on top of local weather reports before coming up for winter fishing. All personally owned shelters and Bob House rentals must be removed from all lakes and ponds in the State of New Hampshire by April 1st, according to state law, so even if the lake is still considered safe for ice fishing, don’t count on Bob House rentals after this date. But you can always get tools, equipment, and bait for ice fishing in Wolfeboro at the NH Hole in the Wall, so make sure to stop by and take a look at our selection.
The Annual Fishing Derby
One of the biggest draws to Lake Winnipesaukee for ice fishermen, or even for folks who are just interested in watching ice fishing in action, is the annual ice fishing derby. In February, the Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby brings people from all around the world to participate and watch this exciting event in action. They offer big prizes, which really makes the event extremely competitive and a lot of fun. In 2017, the first prize was $15,000, second prize was $5,000, and the third prize was $3,000. Tickets were just $30 and could be purchased all around the Lake Winnipesaukee area, as well as at the derby headquarters in Meredith, New Hampshire.
This event is family-friendly, attracting big crowds and turning the bay area into a carnival-like atmosphere. You will find everything from food and craft vendors to fun activities, making it just as attractive to onlookers as it is to participants. Even if you have never gone ice fishing before, participating in this event can be very exciting. This is one of the biggest winter events at Lake Winnipesaukee, so make sure to call for reservations ahead of time, whether it is to rent winter fishing supplies, get Bob House rentals, or reserve space at area hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast facilities. Don’t just come up to New Hampshire and expect to find space; you’ll want to call ahead for any rentals during the tournament.
Ice Fishing Basics
If you are making a trip up to try your hand at ice fishing in Wolfeboro or the surrounding area, make sure to call the NH Hole in the Wall at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to speak with our team about getting winter fishing supplies or Bob House rentals. You should also visit the website for the New Hampshire Fish & Game for tips on ice fishing, information on fishing licenses, and rules for winter fishing throughout the state. If you have any questions that you can’t find the answer to, go ahead and contact our friendly and helpful team. We can answer just about any question that you might have about winter Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies, weather conditions, bait, and licensing.