Ice Fishing Options in New Hampshire
NHGRAND.COM OFFERS ICE FISHING ITINERARY IN WHITEFIELD, LANCASTER, PITTSBURG, DUMMER AND MILAN
Set up the Bobhouse, Drill Some Holes, Catch Some Fish on the Lakes of the Grand North
Lancaster, New Hampshire – Ice fishing enthusiasts and newcomers to the sport can enjoy the excitement and fun of spending the day fishing on any of the many frozen lakes in New Hampshire’s Grand North, according to New Hampshire Grand’s newest itinerary recently posted to www.nhgrand.com. The itinerary takes visitors to ideal fishing spots in Whitefield, Lancaster, Pittsburg, Dummer and Milan.
“The frozen lakes and ponds of the Grand North are an invitation to try your hand at one of the season’s most enjoyable sports,” said Pam Sullivan, marketing coordinator for New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for northern New Hampshire. “It’s great fun to tramp across the ice on a sunny winter’s day with a sled full of supplies and hopes of catching the wily fish that glide beneath the surface. It’s also great to bring the family and watch the kids scamper across the ice to check a tip up!”
The New Hampshire Grand ice fishing itinerary includes fishing locales along with top restaurant and lodging options nearby:
Burns Pond and Forest Lake, both off of Route 116, are good spots for catching eastern chain pickerel and yellow perch. You might snag a bass in Burns, but bass tops the list at Forest Lake. Fuel up first with a hearty breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen on Route 3 north of town, or head there when you’re ready to call it a day. Their BLT was selected as a New York Times favorite several years back. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grandmas-Kitchen/192608094102913
Stay in town at The Lion and the Rose (www.thelionandtherose.com), a B&B housed in a handsome Victorian on Route 3, or make the short 10-mile drive to Twin Mountain where you’ll find comfortable accommodations at either Carlson’s Lodge on Route 302 (www.carlsonslodge.com), or the Profile Deluxe Motel on Route 3 (www.profiledeluxe.com).
Martin Meadow Pond, just off Route 3, is a spring fed, warm water pond that has been stocked with trout, so you just might get lucky and pull up a rainbow or a brookie, along with chain pickerel, yellow perch and the occasional bass. The Moonbeam Café on Lancaster’s Main Street (www.themoonbeamcafe.com) prides itself on using fresh local ingredients and preparing all its meals from scratch. When you’re ready to get some shut-eye, try either the Cabot Motor Inn (www.cabotmotorinn.com) on Route 2, on the east side of town, or the Coos Motor Inn on Route 3 (www.coosmotorinn.com). While you’re in Lancaster, don’t a miss a trip to Simon the Tanner (www.simonthetanner.com), right on Main Street, where you can stock up on great outdoor gear.
There are plenty of fantastic ice fishing spots in New Hampshire’s northernmost town, including the First, Second and Third Connecticut Lakes, Lake Francis and Big Diamond Pond. Expect to find lake trout in all the lakes and ponds, and cusk, a freshwater fish that is a cousin to the eel, in First and Second Lake. A word of caution: taking salmon through the ice is not permitted.
Pittsburg prides itself on providing a wide variety of lodging and dining options. If you fancy fine dining after a day on the ice, try Murphy’s Steakhouse (www.beartreecabins.com) or the Rainbow Grille at Tall Timber Lodge (www.talltimber.com). For more casual fare pull into the Indian Stream Eatery on Main Street for Mexican, Back Rub Pizza Pub on Main Street, Back Lake Tavern on Beach Road (www.northcountrylodgeandcabins.com) or Tracy’s Hillside Grille on North Main (www.tracyshillsidegrille.com). Try Dube’s Pitt Stop on Main Street and Happy Corners Café on Route 3 for a satisfying breakfast or lunch.
Inns, lodges, and motels abound, including Tall Timber Lodge on Beach Road (www.talltimber.com), the Cabins at Lopstick on Stewart Young Road (www.cabinsatlopstick.com,) the Inn at Bear Tree on Route 3 (www.beartreecabins.com), Powder Horn Lodge & Cabins on Beach Road
(www.powderhorncabins.com), Partridge Cabins on Partridge Road (www.partridgecabins.com) and North Country Lodge and Cabins (http://www.northcountrylodgeandcabins.com).
Dummer & Milan:
When in the Dummer/Milan area, you’ll want to try your hand at ice fishing at the 280-acre warm water Pontook Reservoir, which is noted for its pickerel and bass. There is plenty of parking at the Pontook boat landing, about nine miles north of Berlin. Pontook straddles Route 16, and is one of the biggest bodies of water in the area. Looking for trout? Try Cedar Pond, a 78-acre lake, which lies between Route 110A and 110B in Milan.
Before setting out on the ice, fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Tea Birds Café on Main Street in Berlin, or stop in later for a relaxing lunch or dinner. Great seafood and the daily specials are what the locals appreciate at The Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar on Route 16 in Berlin.
You’ll get a good night’s rest after a day of ice fishing at The Mahoosuc Inn on Route 16 in Milan (www.mahoosucinn.com), or at Dubee Our Guest Bed and Breakfast on Bridge Street in Milan. Or head for Gorham, where several lodging options are available, including the Royalty Inn on Main Street (www.royaltyinn.com), and the Town & Country Inn & Resort on Route 2 (www.townandcountryinn.com).
The itinerary also lists other stores for fishing equipment, bait and licenses.
“After a day of bobbing for fish, visitors might want to check out area restaurants, lodging or one of the stores that sell fishing equipment and supplies around the Grand North,” added Sullivan. “You never know when you might get the lowdown on a new fishing hot spot!”
Check out the New Hampshire Fish and Game website for additional information, including ice fishing rules and regulations and bait and equipment dealers: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/icefishing/index.html.
There are also plenty of other seasonal events scheduled throughout the winter months in the Grand North. For a complete list, visit: www.nhgrand.com/what-to-do/events.aspx
About New Hampshire Grand
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