Ice Fishing in NH
Ice fishing in most New Hampshire lakes and ponds begins at “ice-in” and ends at “ice-out.” Depending on the weather and ice safety, this season can be from late December through mid-April. These types of waters support mostly warmwater fish populations, including perch, pickerel, black crappie and bass, with a few waters providing opportunities to catch brook, rainbow or brown trout through the ice.
Waters managed for lake trout and/or salmon have a defined season of January 1 through March 31. Remember: salmon may not be taken through the ice. Designated trout ponds are closed to ice fishing.
- See also: Free Ice Fishing Classes
QUESTION: How many ice fishing traps can be set per person?
ANSWER: On most NH waters, the general rule is 6 traps (lines) per person when ice fishing, with the following exceptions:
- You are allowed only 2 traps (lines) when fishing "lake trout and salmon" lakes.
- Ice anglers are limited to 5 lines while ice fishing on NH-Maine border waters - except Great East Lake, which has a 2-line limit.
Here is a list of lakes where only 2 lines per angler are allowed:
|Waterbody||Managed for||Managed for|
|Lake Trout||Landlocked Salmon*|
|Connecticut Lake, First||X||X|
|Connecticut Lake, Second||X||X|
|Connecticut Lake, Third||X|
|Dan Hole Pond, Big||X||X|
|Diamond Pond, Big||X|
|Great East Lake||X|
|Greenough Pond, Big||X|
|Silver Lake (Harrisville)||X|
|Silver Lake (Madison)||X|
|Squam Lake, Big||X||X|
|Squam Lake, Little||X||X|
|*Note - salmon may not be taken while ice fishing|
Articles from NH Wildlife Journal Magazine
- Ice-fishing Bluegill Blitz
- Icing Up Some Brookies
- Walking on Water
- Taming the Mighty Togue
- Have a Crappie Time Ice Fishing
- The Hottest Thing On Ice
Information for Ice Anglers
- Bait Dealers
- Depth / Bathymetry Maps
- Freshwater Fish - Species Profiles
- Ice Fishing for Cusk
- Ice-fishing Tournaments (in season)
- Ice-fishing Videos
- Leave No Trace On Our Lakes: Protect Lakes Even When They Are Hidden Beneath the Ice (Ice etiquette and water quality info from NH Department of Environmental Services & NH Fish and Game)
- Let's Go Fishing Program
- NH Freshwater Fishing Digest
- Safety on Ice Brochure
- Salmon and Brown Trout: Know the difference!
Videos About Ice Fishing