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Squam Lake, NH

Popular Fish Species Squam Lake, NH

Squam Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Squam Lake is one of the top smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the state, they are plentiful, feisty and come in large sizes. 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.

Squam Lake Popular Fish - Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

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. In recent years, the allure of fishing for landlocked Atlantic salmon in Squam Lake has grown in popularity. Anglers most often target landlocked salmon by trolling open water. 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. 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 must adhere to local regulations, and support initiatives to safeguard the future of this cherished species.

Squam Lake Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Again this year, fishing for rainbow trout in Squam Lake is good year round. Traditional methods for fishing for rainbow trout here include worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, jerkbaits and small crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, white perch, yellow perch and chain pickerel at Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

Nestled in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, Squam Lake is a 6,700-acre lake with over 60 miles of shoreline. The lake consists of a main upper lake and a smaller lower lake (Little Squal Lake).

Squam Lake, located in the town of Holderness, New Hampshire, is a breathtaking destination for fishing enthusiasts. As one of the state's largest lakes, Squam Lake offers exceptional fishing opportunities in a serene and picturesque setting. The lake is known for its diverse fish population, making it a sought-after spot for anglers of all skill levels. Popular fish species found in Squam Lake include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, lake trout (togue), pickerel, and white perch. Anglers can explore the lake's varied shoreline, rocky structures, and submerged vegetation to target these prized fish.

Squam Lake's exceptional fishing prospects, boating opportunities, and nearby camping facilities make it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether casting a line, exploring the lake's pristine waters by boat, or spending nights under the stars at a nearby campground, Squam Lake promises an unforgettable and rejuvenating experience amidst the captivating landscapes of New Hampshire.

A short natural channel between the two bodies of water allows boaters to travel between them. There is a public boat launch ramp on this connecting waterway. Fishing enthusiasts enjoy the pursuit of bass, trout, salmon, sunfish, perch and pickerel in this breathtakingly beautiful setting. The area is a great place for a fishing trip or a family vacation, and it is a great choice for ice fishing in winter. Smallmouth bass fishing is the main draw here, and at times is considered to be as good as smallie fishing gets. Lots of islands, creek channels, ledges, timber, drop-offs, rock and vegetation provide cover and ideal habitat in this clean, clear-water lake.

Fishing Boats For Rent In New Hampshire

Primary fish species residing in Squam Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Lake trout Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Atlantic salmon Chain pickerel

Squam 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, Squam Lake is a paradise for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the lake's peaceful waters, surrounded by stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The lake's calm and clear waters provide an ideal setting for various water activities, such as motor boating, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Whether you prefer a leisurely exploration or an exhilarating adventure, Squam Lake offers a remarkable boating experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Holderness Harbor
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
603 968-9001

Riveredge Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
603 968-4411

Squam Boat Livery
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
603 968-7721

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Squam Lake Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off State Route 113, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Riveredge Marina
283 River Street
Ashland, NH 03217
603 968-4411

Squam Boat Livery
853 US-3
Holderness, NH 03245
603 968-7721

Fishing Guides On Squam Lake

Fish NH Guide Service - bass

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Squam Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

Click here for a New Hampshire Fishing License.

Camping options are available near Squam Lake, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds and nearby state parks offer amenities such as tent sites, RV hookups, and access to hiking trails. Camping near Squam Lake allows visitors to wake up to the tranquil sounds of nature, enjoy stunning lake views, and create lasting memories in the heart of New Hampshire's wilderness.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Owls Landing Campground - 603 279-6266

Rockywold-Deephaven Camps Campground - 603 968-3313

Savoie's Lodging and Camping Campground - 603 279-3141

Squam Lake NH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Squam Lake
Rockywold-Deephaven Camps
18 Bacon Rd
Holderness, NH 03245
603 968-3313


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