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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white catfish, rainbow trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, yellow perch and chain pickerel at Bashan Lake in Connecticut.

Bashan Lake, CT

Four miles of shoreline surround Bashan Lake, a 270-acre lake in the south-central section of Connecticut. Virtually all the surrounding land is privately owned, so public access for fishing from the bank or boating access is via the state-owned boat launch near the southeast end of the lake.

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Nestled in the town of East Haddam, Connecticut, Bashan Lake is a picturesque water body that offers a serene and rewarding fishing experience. This 280-acre lake is a favorite among anglers seeking a peaceful fishing getaway in a scenic setting.

One of the most popular fish species found in Bashan Lake is largemouth bass. Anglers can enjoy targeting these feisty game fish throughout the year. The lake's structure, including submerged logs, weed beds, and rocky areas, provides ideal habitat for bass. Anglers often use plastic worms, crankbaits, and topwater lures to entice the bass lurking in the lake's waters.

Besides bass, Bashan Lake is also home to other sought-after fish species, including northern pike and pickerel. Pike fishing can be particularly exciting as these aggressive predators offer thrilling strikes and powerful fights. Anglers target pike using large spoons, spinnerbaits, or live bait such as large minnows.

When planning a fishing trip to Bashan Lake, it is important to familiarize yourself with the fishing regulations specific to the lake, including size and creel limits for different fish species. Following these regulations ensures the preservation of the fish population and the sustainability of the lake's ecosystem.

Bashan Lake in Connecticut offers a delightful fishing experience in a serene and natural setting. With its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, it is a perfect destination for anglers seeking a peaceful and fulfilling fishing adventure.

Most amenities for camping, lodging, shopping and dining are a few miles away from the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Bashan Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass White catfish Rainbow trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Yellow Perch Chain pickerel

Bashan Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity on Bashan Lake, allowing anglers to explore different areas and find their preferred fishing spots. The lake allows for motorized boats, making it convenient for anglers to navigate the waters and access various fishing grounds. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are also commonly seen on the lake, offering a quieter and more intimate fishing experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Bashan Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Ballakack Road #1, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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For those looking to extend their fishing trip, there are camping options near Bashan Lake. Nearby state parks and private campgrounds offer facilities for anglers to set up their tents or RVs and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature. Camping provides an impressive experience, allowing anglers to fully embrace the peaceful ambiance and maximize their fishing opportunities.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Wolf's Den Family Campground - 860 873-9681

Grandview Camping & Cottages - 860 873-3332

Bashan Lake CT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Bashan Lake
Bashan Lake Boat Launch
Ballahack Rd No 1
East Haddam, CT 06423
860 424-3000


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