Winnipesaukee Early-Season Smallmouths


Lake Winnipesaukee is a boater’s playground, and it also happens to offer excellent fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, especially from late May to late June!

Tom Richardson and Parker Kelley sampled some of the local bass fishing in spring 2016 with guide Hope Eagleson after launching their Hobie kayaks from Fay’s Boatyard in the town of Gilford. As you’ll see in the accompanying video, you don’t have to paddle—or pedal—very far to score with good-sized smallies, although it helps when boating traffic is light in the early season and the fish are congregating in shallow water.