8 Maple Street ~ Meredith, NH - 603.279.3152
Find us at our new location
8 Maple Street (corner of Mill St. & Maple St.),
Meredith, NH.(across from Winnipesaukee
Railroad & Case-N-Keg)
I have been in the tackle retail business since the age of 16 and have been fishing Lake Winnipesaukee since I was five years old. My passion for fishing and knowledge of the lake have been an essential part of operating the
business. Seasonally, we’re open 7 days a week and I can be found in the store 95% of the time.
~Alan J. Nute, Owner
A.J.'s Fishing Report
April 1, 2015
Open-water fishing season is here! There are still several inches of ice on the 14 managed lakes but many places to fish the open water such as: Lakeport Dam/Opechee Lake, the Winnipesaukee River through Laconia to Dixon Point at Lake Winnisquam, Lochmere Dam at Silver Lake, and open water at Lake Winnisquam (where the river drains into the lake). This water can be easily accessed by the N.H. Fish and Game boat access ramp, just upstream in Laconia.
The Newfound River in Bristol offers great fly-fishing-only water that can often produce drop-down rainbows and salmon.
Additionally, several popular Winnipesaukee shore fishing locations exist at the Merrymeeting River (fly-fishing-only, barbless, catch and release), and the mouth of the Merrymeeting River as it enters Alton Bay, downstream of the famous stone arch bridge.
Other good sites to visit include the Weirs Channel in Laconia, Long Island Bridge in Moultonborough, Governors Island Bridge in Gilford, Smith River inlet at Wolfeboro Bay, and Meredith and Center Harbor town docks.
At these locations, everything from smelt, shiners and worms under a slip bobber to small jigs will take salmon, as well as rainbow trout.
The 14 managed lakes that open April 1st:
Anglers should seek out high-flow areas in the Winnipesaukee River system, which drives the early season salmon fisheries in Winnipesaukee, Opechee, Winnisquam and Silver lakes, for a chance at “drop-down” salmon (and rainbow trout).
Tight Lines to all open-water anglers as well as the hard water anglers that will be continuing ice fishing on the local smaller lakes and ponds such as:
Click below for LIVE webcams on Lake Winni
Check back often for updates!