Fishing At China Lake
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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, landlocked Atlantic salmon and chain pickerel at China Lake in Maine.
Two pools comprise China Lake, a 3,900-acre lake. These two large basins are connected by a narrow waterway, and together encompass nearly 30 miles of shoreline.
China Lake is a picturesque lake located in the central part of Maine, nestled in the town of China. It is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts due to its diverse fish population and serene surroundings.
Among the most sought-after fish species in China Lake are smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers flock to the lake to try their luck at catching these feisty and hard-fighting bass, making it an exciting experience for anglers of all skill levels.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout are also abundant in China Lake. These trout species are known for their vibrant colors and excellent taste, making them a favorite among anglers looking for a delicious catch.
Lake trout and Atlantic salmon can also be found in China Lake. These larger and more challenging fish provide a thrilling experience for experienced anglers seeking a trophy catch.
Yellow perch and white perch are common in the lake, attracting anglers seeking a more laid-back fishing experience. Additionally, redbreast sunfish and pumpkinseed add to the lake's panfish population, offering ample opportunities for families and youth to enjoy fishing.
For those who enjoy the thrill of catching predator fish, China Lake has chain pickerel lurking in its waters. These aggressive and predatory fish provide an exciting challenge for anglers who enjoy using various lures and techniques.
Boating and camping are popular activities on China Lake, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Whether fishing from the shore or exploring the lake by boat, China Lake offers a fantastic fishing experience in a peaceful and picturesque setting.
The east basin is a long finger shape and runs north and south along highway 202. The west basin is more circular and is a broader expanse of water, and the deeper of the two. The China Lake West Basin boat ramp is located on the northeast corner of the west basin. There is another boat ramp at the northern tip of the east basin. The lake is considered by many to be the best bass fishing lake in the state, and is home to many bass fishing tournaments. In winter, once the ice is safe, China lake is a favorite ice fishing destination.
Primary fish species residing in China Lake
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China Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
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Fishing Boat Rentals
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Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
China Lake East Basin Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Main Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
China Lake West Basin Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Causeway Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Cabins At Pellerin Campground - 207 445-4136
China Lake ME Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Sunset Pines China Lake Maine
12 Gilman Dr
China, ME 04358
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