Bass and Tournament Fishing on Squam

Bass Fishing on Squam

Bass fishing has really taken off over the last decade. The Squam Lakes has seen a rising interest in the bass population and frequently holds many tournaments per season. There are a number of things we can do to help protect the resource while still enjoying the fish.

Catch and Release
Practicing a catch when fishing is a great way to ensure that lunker will swim on to reproduce and perhaps someone else will have the chance to land the big one! Below is a link to a great catch and release video that details proper catch and release methods to ensure as little damage is done to the fish as possible.   

Click Here for the catch and release video

Tournaments on Squam
If you’re planning on visiting Squam this season it might be a good idea to look ahead so you’ll know what to expect. Below is a listing of all the bass fishing tournaments taking place in the lake this season. One tournament per day is allowed. You’ll see that the SLA is holding three quiet recreation style bass tournaments this season. These are in bold. If you'd like to learn more about SLA's bass tournament Click Here!

2016 Bass Fishing Tournaments on Squam Schedule

June 18th 2016 - 7 Boats starting from the State launch 

June 25th 2016: 6 Boats starting from State launch

June 26th 2016 - 12 Boats starting from the State launch

July 9th 8-2pm SLA Canoe Classic – 25 paddle powered boats, lead free tackle, catch and release
July 16th 8-2pm SLA Canoe Classic – 25 paddle powered boats, lead free tackle, catch and release
July 23rd 8-2pm SLA Canoe Classic – 25 paddle powered boats, lead free tackle, catch and release​

July 23rd 2016 - 12 boats starting from the State launch
July 24th 2016 - 12 Boats starting from the State launch

July 28th 2016 - 12 Boats starting from the State launch 

July 30th 2016 - 12 boats starting from the State launch

July 31st 2016 - 15 boats starting from the State launch

August 5th 2016 - 8 boats starting from the State launch

August 6th 2016 - 12 boats starting from the State launch

August 7th 2016 - 15 boats starting from the State launch

August 13th 2016 - 10 boats starting from the State launch

August 14th 2016 - 10 boats starting from the State launch 

August 27th 2016 - 12 boats starting from the State launch

September 7th 2016 - 50 boats starting from the State launch 

September 9th 2016 - 6 boats starting from the State launch

September 18th 2016 - 50 boats starting from the State launch 

September 24th 2016 - 6 boats starting from the State launch

September 25th 2016 - 10 boats starting from the State launch 

October 1st 2016 - 15 boats starting from the State launch 

October 9th 2016 - 15 boats starting from the State launch

October 12th 2016 - 15 boats starting from the State launch 

October 16th 2016 - 70 starting from the State launch 

Click here for more info on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Open Water Tournament Schedule


Radio Tag Study: Tracking Bass Movement in the Squam Lakes

Many bass tournaments require that competing anglers bring their largest bass back to the “weigh-in” at the conclusion of the tournament day. This is where the bass are measured and the winners are decided. There existed some concern that by catching a bass somewhere in Big Squam and releasing it in Little Squam, after the weigh in, the bass would not return from where it was caught or even die as a result. A study was conducted to track bass movement so that managers would better understand this question. 

Click Here to learn about the Radio Tag Study and what was found.

Check out this video It shows how Fish ad Game biologists are tagging the bass!

Click Here to visit NH Fish and Game’s website for more information on,

• Depth / Bathymetry Maps for selected NH lakes and ponds
• Find a Fishing Guide
• Release radio-tagged bass caught in the Squam Lakes
• Rules and Regulations by clicking this link, you will leave the Fish and Game website
• Trout
• Why Restore Anadromous Fish?
• Aquatic Nuisance Species in New Hampshire
• Bait Dealers
• Boating in NH
• Broodstock Atlantic Salmon
• Inland Commercial Hatcheries

and just about  anything else having to do with fishing in New Hampshire!