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All about fishing in the Granite State

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  • Bow Lake
  • Conway Lake
  • Great East Lake
  • Lake Sunapee
  • Lake Wentworth
  • Lake Winnipesaukee
  • Mascoma Lake
  • Massabesic Lake
  • Merrymeeting Lake
  • Moore Reservoir, NH
  • Newfound Lake
  • Ossipee Lake
  • Paugus Bay
  • Silver Lake
  • Squam Lake
  • Umbagog Lake
  • Winnisquam Lake

Fishing Boats For Rent In New Hampshire

Cold, clear water in the state of New Hampshire makes the perfect home for big trout and salmon. Many NH lakes also offer excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, northern pike and tiger muskie. Visit local lakes, rivers, ponds and streams to wet a line. In winter, ice fishing is popular.

Major New Hampshire Lakes

New Hampshire major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in NH, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

A River In The White Mountains, NH

Bow Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Cornway.

Comerford Lake is an 1,100-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Monroe.

Conway Lake is a 1,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 4 miles north of Northwood.

First Connecticut Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the northern tip of the state, 6 miles northeast of Pittsburg.

Great East Lake is an 1,800-acre lake on the eastern border of the state, at Wakefield.

Lake Francis is a 2,100-acre lake in the northern tip of the state, at Pittsburg.

Lake Sunapee is a 4,100-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Sunapee.

Lake Wentworth is a 3,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Wolfeboro.

Lake Winnipesaukee is a 44,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Wolfeboro.

Mascoma Lake is a 1,100-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Enfield.

Massabesic Lake is a 2,900-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Auburn.

Merrymeeting Lake is an 1,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 2 miles north of New Durham.

Moore Reservoir is a 3,500-acre lake on the western border of the state, 2 miles west of Littleton.

Newfound Lake is a 4,100-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Bridgewater.

Ossipee Lake is a 3,100-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Center Ossipee.

Paugus Bay is a 1,200-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Laconia.

Second Connecticut Lake is a 1,300-acre lake in the northern tip of the state, 10 miles northeast of Pittsburg.

Silver Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Silver Lake.

Squam Lake is a 6,700-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Holderness.

Umbagog Lake is a 7,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 5 miles east of Errol.

Winnisquam Lake is a 4,300-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Laconia.

Fish Species & State Records in New Hampshire

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 14.5 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 4.8 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 11 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 15.84 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 8.8 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 7.2 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 37 lbs 10.4 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 0.64 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 1.76 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 3 lbs 11.5 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz

Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 8 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 19 lbs 4 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 3 oz

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Striper

World record: 81 lbs 14 oz

State Record: 60 lbs 0 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 13 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 26 lbs 9.44 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 11.68 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Canoe Fishing oOn A New Hampshire Lake

State of NH Fishing Information

Click here for a New Hampshire fishing license. For additional information on fishing in New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website.

Fishing, Boating & Camping

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in New Hampshire and other boating information.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers, here.

 

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