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Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Popular Fish Species Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Lake Winnipesaukee Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Lake Winnipesaukee is better than in recent years. Catching rainbow trout here often involves using worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, and crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Lake Winnipesaukee Popular Fish - Lake Torut

Lake Trout

Year round, fishing for lake trout in Lake Winnipesaukee is often quite good and the fish are plentiful. These large trout can be caught from as shallow as 15 to 30 feet in Spring and Fall, to as deep as 150 feet or more during Summer and Winter. Good electronics are a big help in locating lake trout. They feed on baitfish, so jigs rigged to imitate their prey often work well straight down under the boat. Trolling with numerous set-ups can also produce good catches. It is a monumental help to use fish finders to locate lake trout. When the lake freezes over, ice fishing for big lake trout with spoons or live bait can deliver some great catches.

Lake Winnipesaukee Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Fishing in Lake Winnipesaukee for largemouth bass can run hot and cold at times. Lately the fishing has been better than usual. Big bass are thriving in Lake Winnipesaukee due to excellent fisheries management and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass are typically shallow and aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time fishing Lake Winnipesaukee on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brook trout, lake trout, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, landlocked salmon and chain pickerel at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Populated with healthy populations of bass, trout, sunfish, perch, salmon and pickerel, Lake Winnipesaukee is a 44,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state. Nearly 250 miles of shoreline welcome visitors for camping, boating, hiking, picnicking, water sports and great fishing.

Lake Winnipesaukee, located in Belknap County, New Hampshire, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its vast expanse spanning over 44,000 acres, this iconic lake offers exceptional fishing opportunities. Lake Winnipesaukee is known for its diverse fish population, making it a haven for anglers of all levels. Popular fish species found in the lake include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pickerel, white perch, yellow perch, and lake trout (togue). The lake's diverse underwater structures, including rocky points, submerged islands, and weed beds, provide ideal habitats for these prized fish.

With its exceptional fishing prospects, boating opportunities, and nearby camping facilities, Lake Winnipesaukee offers a complete outdoor experience in New Hampshire. Whether casting a line, exploring the lake by boat, or spending nights under the stars at a nearby campground, Lake Winnipesaukee promises a memorable and enjoyable experience amidst the scenic landscapes of the state.

For boaters, there are more than a half dozen boat launch ramps scattered around the lake. Additionally there are plenty of places to portage a car top boat, canoe or kayak. Almost a dozen marinas offer services, gas, boat rentals, sundries, food, groceries, fishing tackle, and more. If you prefer to fish from the bank, there are multiple areas with public access. Multiple restaurants around the lake, particularly the west side, offer a wide variety of foods and dining experiences. During winter, once the ice is safe, the lake attracts fishing enthusiasts who enjoy ice fishing. The majority of the campgrounds and RV parks are located on the western side of the lake, but there are several all around the lake.

Fishing Boats For Rent In New Hampshire

Primary fish species residing in Lake Winnipesaukee

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Brook trout Lake trout Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Atlantic salmon Chain pickerel

Lake Winnipesaukee Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

In addition to fishing, Lake Winnipesaukee is a paradise for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can explore the expansive waters, taking in the breathtaking views and serene atmosphere. The lake provides ample space for various water activities, such as motor boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Whether it's a leisurely cruise or an exhilarating water sports adventure, Lake Winnipesaukee offers a remarkable boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Fay's Boat Yard
Rentals: Canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
603 293-8000

Goodhue Boat Company, Meredith
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
603 279-4573

Melvin Village Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
603 544-3583

Meredith Marina & Boating Center
Rentals: Pontoon boats
603 279-7921

North Water Marine
Rentals: Pontoon boats
603 366-4811

Trexler's Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes and pontoon boats
603 253-7315

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Downing's Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off East Side Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Lee's Mill Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Lees Mill Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Lovejoy Sands Road Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Lovejoy Sands Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking a few blocks away.

Meredith Town Docks Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Daniel Webster Highway, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking a few blocks away.

Fishing Guides On Lake Winnipesaukee

N E Bass Guides - bass

Salmon Patrol Fishing Charters - salmon, trout

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Lake Winnipesaukee Fishing Video
Fishing License

Click here for a New Hampshire Fishing License.

Camping options are available near Lake Winnipesaukee, allowing visitors to fully embrace the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds offer amenities such as tent sites, RV hookups, and access to hiking trails and picnic areas. Camping near Lake Winnipesaukee allows visitors to wake up to stunning lake views, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience the tranquility of the surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Viewland Campground - 603 875-7100

Spring Haven Campground - 603 520-5341

Edge Of Woods Campground - 603 393-5756

Paugus Bay Campground - 603 366-4757

Pine Hollow Campground - 603 366-2222

Hackmatack Campground - 603 366-5977

Clearwater Campground - 603 279-7761

Harbor Hill Campground - 603 279-6910

Bear's Pine Woods Campground - 603 253-6251

Long Island Bridge Campground - 603 253-6053

Roberts Knoll Campground - 603 569-0590

Lake Winnipesaukee NH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Winnipesaukee
Ellacoya State Park
280 Scenic Dr
Gilford, NH 03249
603 293-7821


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