Lake Winnipesaukee Early-Season Smallmouths

Lake Winnipesaukee is a boater’s playground, but it also happens to offer some pretty good fishing for smallmouth bass.

In spring 2016, Tom Richardson and Parker Kelley sampled some of the local bass fishing with local guide Hope Eagleson, who runs Hobie kayak fishing trips on the big lake. As you’ll see in the accompanying video, you don’t have to paddle—or pedal—very far to score with good-sized smallies on Winnie, although it helps when boating traffic is light in the early season. Just be sure to dress appropriately and wear a PFD, as the chilly waters at this time of year pose a potential danger if you happen to capsize.

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