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Popular Fish Species Badin Lake, NC

Badin Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Badin Lake due to excellent fisheries management. Fishing for largemouth bass is particularly good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Badin Lake Popular Fish -Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie roam in good numbers around Badin Lake, and are averaging a particularly good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent. Crappie always like cover and structure, so look for brush, wood and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Badin Lake Popular Fish - Blue Catfish

Blue Catfish

This year blue catfish are running in giant sizes in Badin Lake. Fishing for blue catfish is most often productive summer around any kind of structure. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with live bait, cut bait or other popular catfish baits. Other catfish in the lake include channel and flathead catfish.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to 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.

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.

Badin Lake in North Carolina is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a diverse angling experience. Nestled within the Uwharrie National Forest, this scenic reservoir offers a wealth of fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, striped bass, and white bass.

Anglers visiting Badin Lake can target largemouth bass, known for their aggressive strikes and thrilling fights. The lake's structure, including submerged trees, rocky points, and shallow flats, provides ideal habitat for bass. Anglers can use a variety of techniques, such as flipping jigs, casting crankbaits, or working topwater lures, to entice these bass species.

Crappie fishing is another highlight of Badin Lake, with both black crappie and white crappie abundant in its waters. Anglers can target crappie using jigs, live minnows, or small crankbaits around submerged structures, brush piles, or drop-offs. Crappie fishing can be particularly productive during the spring spawning season and in the cooler months of fall.

Catfish enthusiasts will also find plenty of opportunities at Badin Lake. The lake holds populations of channel catfish and flathead catfish, which can be targeted using a variety of baits such as cut bait, chicken liver, or stinkbaits. Anglers can fish near deep holes, rock ledges, or the mouths of feeder creeks to target these catfish species.

Badin Lake in North Carolina offers a diverse range of fish species, excellent boating opportunities, and convenient camping facilities. Whether you're targeting bass, crappie, catfish, or other species, the lake provides ample opportunities for anglers to enjoy a rewarding fishing experience.

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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

Boating is a popular activity on Badin Lake, allowing anglers to access various fishing spots and cover more water. Whether you prefer a motorized boat, kayak, or canoe, the lake provides opportunities for anglers to explore its vast expanse and find productive fishing locations.

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.

Fishing Guides On Badin Lake

Fishing Guide And Cruises On Badin Lake - catfish, crappie, bass

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Badin Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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Camping facilities are available near Badin Lake, making it an ideal destination for anglers who wish to extend their fishing adventure and immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape. Camping near the lake allows for early morning and late evening fishing sessions, ensuring anglers can maximize their time on the water and enjoy a complete outdoor experience.

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

Contact Information

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


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