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~ Guided Lake Trolling Charters ~

Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout & Brook Trout

In the Lakes Region:
Lake Winnisquam ~ Lake Winnipesaukee ~ Webster Lake ~ Lake Opechee

In Pittsburg, NH:
Lake Francis ~ 1st Connecticut Lake

The "North Star" is a 2002, 19' Carolina Skiff center console fishing boat set up for trolling. She is powered by a 2006 Mercury 60HP 4-Stroke Engine and equipped with Penn Down-Riggers, Lowrance Fish finder, VHF communications, and top quality fishing tackle. She has a flat floor so you can stand up, stretch your legs and walk around. Well set up for spending a long time on the water.

TROLLING WINNISQUAM / WINNIPESAUKEE LAKES:
Lake Winnisquam and Lake Winnipesaukee are well known for their abundant population of Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout. While many New England Lakes can also make this claim, The "Winni's" are famous for their larger fish. A four to six pound Salmon measuring over 20" is not uncommon. Boating a large Salmon on a trolled fly rod, is a thrill that must be experienced to be appreciated. They hit hard, they run -- they jump, they take line, and when they see the boat they do it all over again.

TROLLING PITTSBURG, NH
Lake Francis and 1st Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg, NH is a scenic and remote fishing opportunity in the wilds of NH's North Country.  While trolling a lake, you can often see moose along the shoreline and Bald Eagles soaring above. The water stays cooler longer here next to the Canadian border, so fly trolling is possible well into late June. Once the lakes warm up, we switch to lead-core lines and downriggers.


TROLLING SMALLER LAKES REGION AREA LAKES:
Webster Lake and Lake Opechee both hold a nice population of Brown and Rainbow Trout. These lakes are too shallow for downriggers, so trolling with fly rods and/or lead core lines are the methods we use. These lakes are only accessible with smaller boats and can be fished only during springtime when water is cool.


AT YOUR SERVICE:
It is my primary goal that you have a great time. Every step is carefully taken to ensure a pleasurable voyage, and the landing of some "keepers". Families, corporate charters, vacationers, and sportsmen graciously welcomed. If you're a novice fisherman you needn't worry, a good time can be had by all. You do not need to be an experienced angler to enjoy a trolling charter. Fishing party size is limited to three anglers.

Yes, you can keep what you catch. Legal fish sizes are 15" for Salmon and Rainbow Trout and 18" for Lake Trout. Bag limit is two fish of any kind.

2009 TROLLING CHARTER RATES


HALF DAY - 5 HOUR TRIP
5:00 am to 10:00 am
Or
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
$225.00
(Lakes Region only - no single half day charters for Pittsburg)

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FULL DAY - 10 HOUR TRIP
5:00 am to 3:00 pm
Or
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
$375.00

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HALF & HALF - TWO 5 HOUR TRIPS
One evening charter followed on the next day with one morning charter
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Then
5:00 am to 10:00 am

Two Half Day trips at the Full Day Price
$375.00

Two Half Day trips at the Full Day Price on Lake Francis - Includes Lodging ( at my camp in Pittsburg, NH  )
$425.00

(Requires one overnight stay - Lake Winnisquam, Lake Francis and 1st Connecticut Lake only. Limitations apply, see below for details)

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*** NO EXTRA CHARGE PER PERSON ***

All Gear, Bait, Tackle and Rods Provided


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

When staying in the Lakes Region, please consider staying on Lake Winnisquam. Winnisquam is plenty big, and experiences far less fishing pressure than does Lake Winnipesaukee and considerably less boat traffic too.

At Lake Winnisquam, to qualify for the Half & Half rate you must stay at The Lord Hampshire Inn so that I can leave my boat tied to their dock overnight. This way, when we complete our first afternoon charter and I can drop you off by boat at your hotel. In the morning, we meet at the dock and pick up right where we left off and fish the morning charter. You will receive a special rate at the Lord Hampshire by booking any charter with North Star Guide Service.

Half & Half charters are also available when booking a charter in Pittsburg, NH. I have a camp in Pittsburg that sleeps four (myself and up to three guests). Only full day charters and "Half & Half" charters are available for Pittsburg - sorry, single half day charters alone are not offered. There is an additional charge of $75.00 per night (
not per person) if you would like to stay at my camp. You may make other lodging arrangements in Pittsburg if you prefer that since staying at my camp is an option, not a requirement. If you choose to book your own lodging in Pittsburg, the cost for a Half & Half goes back to the basic rate of $375.

For details on my camp in Pittsburg, NH, click HERE

Other Questions? See this page: FAQ

SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS

SPRING:
April dates are subject to ice conditions. The average "ice out" occurs in mid April. There must be sufficient open water to navigate safely and fish. The spring trolling season (April thru very early June depending on water temperatures) after ice out is by far the most productive time of year for Salmon and Lake Trout. Salmon and Lakers are chasing the spawning Smelt, and can be had just under the surface. Trolling streamers with fly rods is my personal favorite, as the fish are strong, hungry and ready for a fight. Fishing can be rewarding all day long, in nice or lousy weather. About one month after ice-out, when water temps are in the 53-58 degree range is considered prime time. During this early season I dispense with the fancy gadgetry of downriggers and lead core lines in favor of a more traditional trolling experience. Trolling with fly rods is a traditional New England / Atlantic Canadian method, and has been a time tested successful and fun way to fish. Fighting a fish with a fly rod is a far superior experience to the heavier tackle we are forced to use once the water warms up. Fish run hard, they jump, they take line and when they see the boat they do it all over again, so hold on !!! There is no casting involved so if your not a fly fisher- no problem or we can still use conventional equipment if you are more comfortable with that.


SUMMER:
Holiday weekends (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day) on Lake Winnisquam, and particularly Lake Winnipesaukee are subject to VERY heavy boating traffic during the summer months. Buzzing by jet ski's, other boaters coming too close, and dealing with wakes of large boats makes trolling a chore, if not downright impossible. Thus, it might be advisable to avoid booking dates that will fall on Holiday weekends. Weekday early mornings or late afternoons make for the best times to fish. Action can be somewhat slower in mid to late summer, especially at mid day. Being out at first or last light is critical. Early morning before the sun gets high or late in the afternoon as the sun begins to wane, present the best opportunities.
NOTE: Sorry, because of heavy boat traffic, No Weekend charters on Lake Winnipesaukee

AUTUMN
During September, as air and water temperatures begin to cool, the fish start to feed a little more aggressively to put on weight for the long winter ahead. Many of the boats have been taken out of the water after Labor Day, and a calmness returns to the lakes again. Fish move a little closer to the surface and catch rates increase over summer time. Also, afternoon charters are recommended for late summer and fall. As the air starts to get chilly at night, the lake water retains much of its summer warmth. The result of 70+ degree water with 50 something degree night air is a heavy fog that forms on the lake almost every morning. This thick morning fog is impossible to navigate through and usually takes until about 9:30 to burn off. By then the morning bite is over.

Please consult the Fishing Season & Species Chart for best times to go.

SOME OF THE FINE PRODUCTS USED

Trolling Rods

Downriggers

Trolling Reels

DAMON
DOWNRIGGER AND FLY RODS

Rod Holders

Lures / Spoons

VENTURE 7 - FLY REEL

DOWN-EASTER ROD HOLDERS

Other

Lines

FLY LINES & MONO