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Guide To Fishing At Badin Lake

AKA: Badin Reservoir, Lake Badin

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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, white bass and striped bass at Badin Lake in North Carolina.

Badin Lake, NC

With depths of over 180 feet, Badin Lake water stays cooler during summer than many of the other lakes in the area. As the shallows warm, the fish move deeper for comfort - following the bait fish. Bass, stripers, crappie, white bass and catfish are favored targets of local anglers. The sunfish populations are healthy and grow to good eating size. Badin Lake is a 5,000-acre reservoir in the central part of the state, with easy access from all directions. Over 100 miles of shoreline offers plenty of fishing opportunity - from shore or from a boat, canoe or kayak. Rocks, brush, boulders and boat docks are favorite targets for bass anglers. The lake has plenty of structure at varying depths as the fish move deeper. Reefs, ledges, points and humps, especially those with drop-offs into deeper creek channels, tend to hold fish as well as schools of baitfish. Campgrounds and RV parks are located around the lake, along with several boat ramps for convenient launching. Several marinas offer gas, boat rentals, fishing tackle, boating supplies, groceries and ice. There is also a grille with snacks, sandwiches and hot meals.

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Primary fish species residing in Badin Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish White Bass Striped bass

Badin Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

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Old North State Club Marina
139 Marina Ln
New London, NC 28127
336 461-4456

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Badin Lake Boat Ramp
This three-lane concrete ramp, with a dock and paved parking, is located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Highway 740.

Circle Drive Boat Ramp
With paved parking for forty vehicles with trailers, this is a concrete ramp with a doc. It is located in the northeast corner of the lake off Shoreline Drive

Cove Boat Ramp
Located at the end of Cove Road, along the east side of the lake, this is a two-lane concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Gar Creek Boat Launch
This is a primitive, one-lane launch ramp and limited parking. Access is off Road 1164 in the northwest area of the lake.

North Shoreline Drive Ramp
Located in the middle-eastern quadrant of the lake, off Road 1177, this is a one-lane concrete ramp with limited parking and a dock.

Old Whitney Boat Ramp
This is a concrete ramp with paved parking and a dock, at the end of Old Whitney Road, in the northwest corner of the lake.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Badin Lake Campground - 910 576-6391

Whip-O-Will Campground - 336 461-2121

Arrowhead Campground - 910 576-6391

Badin Lake Group Campground - 910 576-6391

Badin Lake NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Badin Lake
Fish Tales Marina & Grille
700 Lake Forest Dr
New London, NC 28127
336 461-2565


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Badin Lake in North Carolina.

Bass, stripers, white bass and catfish fishing in central NC.

Fishing at Badin Lake, in North Carolina.