With over 270 lakes and ponds and nearly 70,000 acres of water, Lake Winnipesaukee, Waukewan, Squam, Newfound, and Winnisquam all offer you the fishing adventures you crave. And with all this water around, you surely must be thinking that there several annual fishing derbies, and you're right. The biggest is the Meredith Ice Fishing Derby in February, followed by the Winni Derby in May.

 

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Fishing Seasons

Information subject to change. Please review the latest regulations from NH Fish and Game before setting out.

 

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout & their Hybrids:  Rivers & Streams: January 1 through October 15; Wild Trout Streams: January 1 through Labor Day; Trout Ponds: 4th Saturday in April through October 15; Wild Trout Ponds: 4th Saturday in April through Labor Day; Lake Trout or Salmon Waters: January 1 through September 30; All other waters: no closed season.

 

Lake Trout: All Waters: January 1 through September 30.

 

Landlocked Salmon: April 1 through September 30, except 4th Saturday in April through September 30 for Pleasant Lake in New London.

 

Largemouth Bass & Smallmouth Bass: Rivers and Streams: January 1 through October 15; Catch & Release May 15  through June 15; Trout Ponds: 4th Saturday in April through October 15; Catch and Release May 15 through June 15; All other waters: No closed season; catch and release May 15 through June 15.

 

All Other Species: Rivers & Streams: January 1 through October 15; Trout Ponds: 4th Saturday in April through October 15; all other waters: no closed season

 

Fish You'll Find Here

Lake Waukewan:  Max Depth 76 feet  (Depth Map)
Rainbow trout, lake trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel, white perch, yellow perch, hornpout, smelt, and sunfish.
 
Lake Winnipesaukee:  Max Depth 213 feet  (Depth Map)
Salmon, cusk, smelt, rainbow trout, brook trout, yellow perch, lake trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pickerel, white perch, hornpout, sunfish, whitefish.
 
Lake Winnisquam:  Max Depth 153 feet  (Depth Map)
Salmon, pickerel, lake trout, rainbow trout, smelt, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, white perch, hornpout.
 
Newfound Lake:  Max Depth 183 Feet  (Depth Map)
Salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, brook trout, smallmouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch, shad, suckers, whitefish, cusk, smelt.

Squam Lake:  Max Depth 98 feet  (Depth Map N/A)
Salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel, white perch, yellow perch, hornpout, whitefish, cusk, smelt.
 

New Hampshire Fish & Game (603) 271-3422
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources.  We work to conserve, manage and protect NH's wild resources for public education and use.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game's web site is your best source for New Hampshire fishing and hunting info; online license sales; and wildlife and nongame programs, events, educational materials and general information.

 

 

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