New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont Fishing Report – January 13, 2022

In lockstep with the spread of ice, fishing options are increasing. Foremost of those is Winnipesaukee with reports of rainbows, white perch and even cusk. Southern Maine’s counterpart – Sebago Lake – is a step behind but now that it has skim ice, it is expected to catch up in a hurry!

New Hampshire Fishing Report

Winnipesaukee white perch should be nervous! Tim Moore from Tim Moore Outdoors broke the ice (not literally) on the big lake and found the white perch – hungry! He also had the place all to himself recently on 7” of ice on one of the bays! A dozen fish were slid on the ice and while most went back a few became the quest of honor for fish tacos! Bait was not necessary but a white Clam Blade Spoon was.

Tim Moore with white perch on ice
Tim Moore has found that the Winnipesaukee white perch are hungry!

For more on that subject, I consulted Jim from The Tackle Shack in Meredith who informed me that Meredith Bay from Leavitt Park halfway in had caught Tuesday night. Center Harbor crappie, rainbows and even cusk have all been cooperating. Regarding other greatly anticipated hardwater hotspots, Big Squam and Little Squam lakes are all set.

Joe from Granite State Rod and Reel Repair in Nashua said that most of all the local ponds and lakes are sporting good ice. A few highlights are Mill Pond, Potanipo Pond and Beaver Lake, the latter of which has been giving up a few trout. Willand Pond should be solid now as well and is another spot to target rainbows as well as warm water species.


Southern Maine Fishing Report

I placed a few phone calls to some of the Maine Smelt Camps and they were all adopting a wait-and-see approach for the weekend. Thanks to ice along the NW section of Lake Ossipee as well as good trout fishing in the Otter Ponds, Saco Bay Tackle Company has started their 24-7 bait dispenser!

Andrew from Sebago Bait and Tackle said that it is really looking promising for ice prospects on Sebago Lake as ice had formed from the Station out to Indian Island. The hunch is that the big chill over the weekend should make that stretch safe. Meanwhile, Little Sebago is making for a nice warm-up while the wait is on for ice in at big Sebago. Andrew and chums have been finding 3-pound rainbows and largemouth bass up to 5-pounds falling for minnows in the lower section of the lake.

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New Hampshire And Southern Maine Fishing Forecast

Conditions among the bays of Lake Winnipesaukee are so favorable it’s hard to top it right now with easy access, fresh ice, and willing white perch, rainbows and cusk. Alton Bay and Meredith Bay are two of the better bets. Squam Lake and Little Squam make for interesting alternatives. The Station area of Sebago had skimmed over this past week and with single-digit temperatures predicted over the weekend, it should lock up safely. The quintessentially New England smelt camps of Maine are probably a week away from opening up for the season but they are chomping at the bit.

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