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If you have never gone ice fishing before, you might be surprised to discover just how many different species of fish can be caught. Depending on where you go, anglers can catch a variety that can include brown trout, bass and landlocked salmon. Make sure you know the regulations for the specific body of water that you are fishing and the rules for ice fishing. Some species can be caught only during certain seasons to help preserve the local stock.
Those new to ice fishing can also rent winter fishing supplies, including tackle, equipment and even Bob House rentals, those little shelters you see out on the frozen lake. When you stop in to get your Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies at the Hole in the Wall on Main Street, make sure to get tips from some local and experienced ice fishermen. The best way to learn is to go out with someone who has fished these waters in the winter before, but the more tips you can get from the locals, the better.
Check the Weather
Before you go out for a day of ice fishing, make sure to check the weather. Of course it is going to be cold and possibly snowy, but you need to know which days are the best days for ice fishing. Days that have low to no winds with mild weather are best. You will want ice fishing equipment to help keep you warm, while giving you the tools to help you get a good catch. If you are coming in from out-of-town, you can also contact local bait and tackle shops that provide winter fishing supplies, such as the Hole in the Wall in Wolfeboro. They can let you know what the local ice conditions are and advise you on when to plan your trip.
Get the Gear
You might want to rent all of your ice fishing equipment the first year when you come to Lake Winnipesaukee, but after your first trip, you may want to start collecting some equipment of your own. Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies are available at the Hole in the Wall, featuring a variety of different options based on the type of fishing you want to do. It is important to at least have all of the basic tools in your arsenal and take advantage of a few local extras, such as Bob House rentals, as well.
Some of the things you will need for ice fishing in New Hampshire include:
- ICE CUTTERS – Choose from a couple of different options, including spud bars, manual augers, and gas-powered augers. Spud bars are very “old school” and are great for ice that is up to 12-inches thick. Some fishermen even use them in conjunction with augers, as they are a great tool to have around. Manual augers are able to cut through the ice faster than a spud bar. Smaller augers are for smaller fish, while larger augers are for bigger fish, so choose the size you want to use accordingly. Gas powered augers are very expensive, heavy and difficult to transport over the ice. However, they are the fastest and easiest method to cut through thick ice.
- WARM GEAR – When you come to rent ice fishing equipment and get out on the ice in New Hampshire this winter, make sure to dress for success. You need to remember to bring gear that will keep your heat, feet and hands warm, in addition to your body core. Layers are excellent, especially if you will be exerting yourself to cut a hole in the ice and need to cool down. They are also great if you will be using Bob House rentals, so you won’t overheat while indoors. Always bring a spare set of clothing and extra socks and gloves besides.
- SHOES/BOOTS – You will definitely want to bring along specialty footwear to help you navigate the ice without falling on your rear. Ice cleats are one way to go, and they are quite popular. Ice traction devices, which can be added to your winter boots, are another method that many fishermen use. You can purchase them where you get your Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies or get them online.
- SHELTER – Bob House rentals are a must, especially for those new to ice fishing. The locals use them as well, so when you come to Lake Winnipesaukee, you can expect to see the ice littered with them. You can get Bob House rentals in advance from the same place that you get your winter fishing supplies, so make sure to reserve yours as soon as you make plans to come out to the lake. Outdoor folding chairs and special ice fishing chairs are also a great idea, otherwise you’ll end up sitting on your ice cooler. Ask the locals about heaters, cooking devices and other tools that you can use to extend the amount of time that you are on the ice.
Visit the Hole in the Wall
Make sure to stop by our local bait and tackle shop for all of your ice fishing equipment, bait and rental needs. The Hole in the Wall is located on Main Street in Wolfeboro, just off the shore of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Give us a call at 603-569-HOLE (4653) to reserve boat rentals, Bob House rentals, winter fishing supplies and more throughout the year. New products are arriving daily, so make sure to check our website so you won’t miss out on our latest deals on Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies and gear!