Went to Winni yesterday hoping to try it out for the first time. We arrived in Merideth around 6:00am but there was nobody collecting money at either dock so we were unable to get in the water. This was very frustrating so we went to squam and got skunked:(Is there a way to pick up a launching pass or something beforehand or do you have to wait for someone to collect your money later in the day? Are there any other launches on the ashland side of the lake I could use?
No place for free, if you take River street (just before the Lake) before you go over the covered bridge there is a place on the right, not sure what he charges or what parking is like ???
What is wrong with the state ramp on the channel, great launch, plenty of parking right there, open 24/7, etc ?
We just about got skunked Saturday ourselves (1 small Bow and 1 Bass) did a little better Sunday. The only bite lately is from from 1st light to 7:00 or 8:00 am, if you can't get there before the sun comes up, stay home.
Channel is very low in parts, especialy coming back in off the big lake, stay as far to the left as possible coming in, mostly sand however. Tons of rocks showing all over the Big lake, some I've never seen before, so be sure to be on the right side of all the markers. Marinas are straight out doing props and lower end units, not kidding.
I see boats launching out of Harillas Landing on Long Island all the time. I believe that is a state launch no fee usually easy to find parking along the road and a short ride to the fishing grounds. Good luck.