We went to make a memory on a new stretch of water, and we got more than we bargained for. This is the thought I had after a great day of fishing with my brother and nephew just this past Saturday. We decided to try out a new place to fish that none of us had ever been on before and settled on Lake Umbagog (properly pronounced um-BAY-gog with the stress on the second syllable ) in Errol, NH.
We launched our boats at 7am on a cool, slightly foggy morning, moving west on the lake from the boat launch. We slowly made our way along the shoreline until we reached Thurston Cove. We were catching a bunch of fish so we never explored any farther than here.
We caught a few fish in the first half hour, but as soon as the fog lifted, we started catching bigger ones.
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Umbagog is an Abenaki word meaning “Shallow Water”, which really does describe this body of water. The lake is 7,850 acres with the average depth being 15 feet and a maximum depth of 48 feet. I urge you all that if you have the time, try this fantastic lake. While you’re at it, stop at L. L Cote in Errol and you will see some photos of all the different large fish caught in this lake and let me tell you, if you take the time to go to Umbagog you will be in for a “reel” fishing treat.
Tight lines, the Amateur Angler