Ice Fishing in New Hampshire

Tyler Vaillancourt & LMB
This is fun! Tyler Vaillancourt of Belmont, N.H., with a 21-inch largemouth bass caught in a small New Hampshire pond. Photo courtesy of John Viar.

Ice-fishing tournaments (in season)

Learn to ice fish! Free workshops - winter 2014

Ice-fishing videos!

Ice-fishing for Cusk

Safety on Ice brochure

Let's Go Fishing class schedule

NH Freshwater Fishing Digest

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)

Depth maps

Freshwater fish - species profiles

Salmon and brown trout: Know the difference!

Bait dealers

Fall fish stocking - for winter ice fisheries

Articles about ice fishing from NH Wildlife Journal magazine:

 
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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
Lake Trout

Managed for
Landlocked Salmon*

Connecticut Lake, First

X

X

Connecticut Lake, Second

X

X

Connecticut Lake, Third

X

 

Conway Lake

 

X

Dan Hole Pond, Big

X

X

Diamond Pond, Big

X

 

Francis Lake

X

X

Granite Lake

X

 

Great East Lake

X

 

Greenough Pond, Big

X

 

Merrymeeting Lake

X

X

Newfound Lake

X

X

Nubanusit Lake

X

X

Ossipee Lake

 

X

Silver Lake (Harrisville)

X

 

Silver Lake (Madison)

X

 

Squam Lake, Big

X

X

Squam Lake, Little

X

X

Sunapee Lake

X

X

Winnipesaukee Lake

X

X

Winnisquam Lake

X

X

*Note - salmon may not be taken while ice fishing

 


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