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You might not know it, but one of the best places to go fishing year-round is located in New Hampshire, up in America’s northeastern states. Wolfeboro is the home of the world-famous Lake Winnipesaukee, where a diverse array of fish can be cause in the spring, summer, fall and winter. The entire state is filled with over a thousand bodies of water, including rivers and streams, ponds and lakes, all of which boast a beautiful bounty of freshwater fishing that is unmatched anywhere else in the nation. From rainbow trout to landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass to largemouth bass, and everything in between, there is a whole world of wonderful fishing just waiting to be discovered up here in New Hampshire.
Fishing guides can be hired, fishing tackle rentals can be got, salmon lures and flys can be purchased and New Hampshire boat rentals can be secured at popular bait and tackle shops like The Hole in the Wall in Wolfeboro. Whether you need ice fishing tackle in the winter or live bait in the summer, The Hole in the Wall can help equip you with all of the tackle, bait and boat rentals that you could ever need to enjoy fishing year-round in beautiful New Hampshire.
Fishing Seasons in New Hampshire
Much like other parts of the country, there are definite fishing seasons here in New Hampshire. Here are just some of the seasons as highlighted by the information available through the state fish and game department. You can check for more details and specifics on their website. Remember, you can get ice fishing tackle and Bob House rentals at The Hole in the Wall for ice fishing season as well!
- Brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and hybrids can be fished in rivers and streams from January 1 through October 15; in wild trout streams from January 1 – Labor Day; in trout ponds from the fourth Saturday in April – October 15; in wild trout ponds from the fourth Saturday in April – Labor Day; in lake trout or salmon waters from January 1 – September 30 with fish taken by ice fishing only from January 1 – March 31. For all other waters there is no closed season.
- Lake trout can be fished in all waters from January 1 – September 30 with fish taken by ice fishing only from January 1 – March 31.
- Landlocked salmon can be fished at Pleasant Lake and New London from the fourth Saturday in April – September 30 and in all other waters from April 1 – September 30.
- Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass can be fished in rivers and streams from January 1 – October 15; trout ponds from the fourth Saturday in April – October 15; lake trout and salmon waters there is no closed season with fish taken by ice fishing only from January 1 – March 31; and all other waters there is no closed season. However, in all waters the catch and release season is from May 15 – June 15.
- All other species can be fished in rivers and streams from January 1 – October 15; trout ponds from the fourth Saturday in April – October 15; lake trout and salmon waters there is no closed season, but fish can be taken by ice fishing only from January 1 – March 31; and all other waters, there is no closed season.
Boating in New Hampshire
One of the best ways to explore all of the great fishing opportunities in our state is to check out some New Hampshire boat rentals at The Hole in the Wall. In addition to getting fishing tackle rentals, live bait, salmon lures and flys, you can also rent a wide variety of boats that can be used right here at Lake Winnipesaukee. There are currently over 400 federal and state-owned launch sites for boating, as well as town-owned ramps that can be used as well, all throughout the state. When you get one of our New Hampshire boat rentals, make sure to ask about where the boat can be used and whether or not there are any requirements for drivers regarding licensing and insurance.
It is important to note that there are speed limits set for Lake Winnipesaukee. The standard speed limit is 45 miles per hour, however during the period from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise, the speed limit on the lake is 25 miles per hour. Check with our staff when you get fishing tackle rentals and New Hampshire boat rentals for any other laws, regulations and rules regarding boating and fishing on our beautiful lake.
Give us a call at The Hole in the Wall by dialing 603-569-HOLE (4653) to reserve one of our New Hampshire boat rentals ahead of the busy season. You can also learn more about our fishing tackle rentals, ice fishing tackle sales and rentals, Bob House rentals, salmon lures and flys, live bait and other equipment and gear that will help you enjoy the wonderful world of fishing and boating in the great State of New Hampshire!