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Newfound Lake, NH

Popular Fish Species Newfound Lake, NH

Newfound Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Newfound Lake, as they are plentiful and easy to catch, once located. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Newfound Lake Popular Fish - Lake Torut

Lake Trout

Year round, fishing for lake trout in Newfound Lake is often quite good and the fish are plentiful. These large trout can be caught from as shallow as 15 to 30 feet in Spring and Fall, to as deep as 150 feet or more during Summer and Winter. Good electronics are a big help in locating lake trout. They feed on baitfish, so jigs rigged to imitate their prey often work well straight down under the boat. Trolling with numerous set-ups can also produce good catches. It is a monumental help to use fish finders to locate lake trout. When the lake freezes over, ice fishing for big lake trout with spoons can deliver some great catches.

Newfound Lake Popular Fish - Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

Landlocked salmon are stocked annually here in Newfound Lake, as well as over a dozen other lakes in New Hampshire. Known as the “king of fish”, Atlantic salmon live in both fresh and saltwater, which means they are anadromous. They are renowned for their impressive athleticism, and delectable taste. Native to the North Atlantic Ocean, these fish undertake extraordinary journeys from their natal rivers to distant feeding grounds in the open ocean and back again to spawn. In recent years, the allure of fishing for landlocked Atlantic salmon in lakes has grown in popularity. These are populations of Atlantic salmon that are confined to freshwater environments, unable to access the sea due to geographical barriers such as waterfalls or dams. Landlocked Atlantic salmon in lakes exhibit similar behaviors to their sea-run counterparts, including feeding frenzies and impressive displays of strength when hooked. Anglers most often target landlocked salmon by trolling open water. The pursuit of landlocked Atlantic salmon also comes with a responsibility. Conservation efforts are essential to ensure the long-term sustainability of these populations. Anglers must adhere to catch-and-release practices, follow local regulations, and support habitat restoration initiatives to safeguard the future of this cherished species.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, lake trout, bluegill, rock bass, Atlantic salmon and chain pickerel at Newfound Lake in New Hampshire.

One of the best lake trout and landlocked salmon fisheries in the state, Newfound Lake is a 4,100-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Bridgewater, NH. Green trees and rolling hills surround the 20 miles of shoreline which is filled with clear, cold water from underground springs.

Newfound Lake, located in the town of Bristol, New Hampshire, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its crystal-clear waters and scenic surroundings, this glacial lake offers excellent fishing opportunities. Newfound Lake is known for its diverse fish population, making it a popular spot for anglers of all levels. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, pickerel, and white perch. Anglers can take advantage of the lake's deep waters, rocky structures, and submerged vegetation to target these prized fish.

Newfound Lake's exceptional fishing prospects, boating opportunities, and nearby camping facilities make it a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts in New Hampshire. Whether casting a line, cruising the lake's tranquil waters, or spending nights under the stars at a nearby campground, Newfound Lake promises a memorable and enjoyable experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the state.

Big lake trout and Atlantic salmon draw anglers from throughout the New England area in hopes of catching a trophy. Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and bluegill also deserve attention. There is a public boat launch ramp at Wellington State Park, plus three others around the lake. A marina, campgrounds, lodging and other conveniences are at or nearby the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Newfound Lake

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Smallmouth bass Rainbow Trout Lake trout Bluegill Rock Bass Atlantic Salmon Chain pickerel

Newfound Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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In addition to fishing, Newfound Lake provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can explore the expansive waters, enjoying the breathtaking views and calm atmosphere. The lake allows various water activities, such as motor boating, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Whether you prefer a leisurely cruise or an adrenaline-filled adventure, Newfound Lake offers an ideal setting for boating enjoyment.

Fishing Boat Rentals

West Shore Marine
Rentals: Pontoon boats
603 744-2900

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Wellington State Park Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off W Shore Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


West Shore Marine Gas Dock
315 West Shore Road
Bristol, NH 03222
603 744-2900

Fishing Guides On Newfound Lake

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Newfound Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

Click here for a New Hampshire Fishing License.

Camping options are available near Newfound Lake, providing an opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds offer tent sites, RV hookups, and amenities for a comfortable outdoor experience. Waking up to the sounds of nature, surrounded by the scenic landscapes and fresh air, is a fantastic way to enhance the fishing and boating adventures at Newfound Lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Newfound Hills Campground - 603 744-2830

Newfound RV Park - 603 744-3344

Newfound Lake NH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Newfound Lake
Wellington State Park
614 W Shore Rd
Bristol, NH 03222
603 744-2197


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