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Popular Fish Species Belews Lake, NC

Belews Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Belews Lake due to excellent fisheries management and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is 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.

Belews Lake Popular Fish - Spotted Bass

Spotted Bass Fishing

Spotted bass are often found in some of the same areas one would find largemouth bass. Here at Belews Lake, they are a favorite of many local anglers, as they are plentiful and put up a very strong battle. Fishing for spotted bass can be good anytime you can locate them. Their diet consists mainly of crayfish and insects, but they also eat baitfish, small sunfish and bluegill. Most of the time, spots prefer to stage on steep rocky or gravel banks, and may move up and down the water column throughout the day. When shallow, use topwater or shallow crankbaits around rip rap. When they are deep, use worms and jigs. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Smallmouth bass are also caught here in decent numbers.

Belews Lake Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie Fishing

Black crappie take a back seat to bass in Belews Lake, but don't miss out on catching some very good size crappie this year. Crappie fishing is great and they run in schools. They always like cover and structure, so locate brush 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.

Belews Lake Fishing Video

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, bluegill, bream and white bass at Belews Lake in North Carolina.

Due to the warm water runoff from the power plant, Belews Lake maintains a warmer water temperature during winter than most other area lakes. As a result the growing season is extended for both predators and prey. This 3,860-acre lake, located in the northwest part of the state, has been both a boom and a bust during its storied history. Once the power plant resolved some issues years back, the lake has been on the rise as far as fishing goes. Bass and crappie are the primary species of choice, but the lake also has nice populations of white bass, catfish and sunfish. Don't be afraid to fish deep here (down to 50 feet or more) as the clear water often drives the bulk of the fish away from the shallows. At the same time, there may also be fish extremely shallow even in clear water. Boat ramps, boat rental, marinas, restaurant, store, campgrounds and lodging are all available at the lake.

Belews Lake in North Carolina is a fantastic destination for fishing enthusiasts looking to cast their lines in a serene and productive setting. Located near the town of Stokesdale, this 3,863-acre reservoir offers a variety of fish species, making it an attractive spot for anglers of all skill levels. The lake is known for its excellent bass fishing, with largemouth bass being the primary target for many anglers. These elusive and hard-fighting fish can be found near the lake's submerged structures, brush piles, and weed beds. Anglers often employ various techniques such as flipping jigs, crankbaits, or plastic worms to entice the bass.

In addition to bass, Belews Lake is home to other species, including catfish, crappie, and striped bass. Catfish, such as channel catfish and flathead catfish, are abundant and provide exciting opportunities for anglers targeting these bottom-dwelling fighters. Crappie, both black crappie and white crappie, can be found around the lake's submerged structures and provide an enjoyable angling experience, especially during the spring spawning season.

Overall, Belews Lake is a picturesque fishing destination in North Carolina, offering opportunities to target a variety of fish species, enjoy boating adventures, and explore the beautiful natural surroundings. Whether you're a bass angler, catfish enthusiast, or crappie aficionado, Belews Lake is sure to provide an enjoyable and memorable fishing experience for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Fishing Boats For Rent In North Carolina

Primary fish species residing in Belews Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish White catfish Black crappie Bluegill White Bass

Belews Lake Amenities

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is popular on Belews Lake, and anglers can take advantage of the boat ramps and marina facilities available for easy access to fishing spots throughout the lake. Whether you prefer a motorized boat, kayak, or canoe, exploring the various coves, points, and drop-offs allows anglers to locate productive fishing areas.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Carolina Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
336 427-0498


Carolina Marina
548 Shelton Rd
Stokesdale, NC 27357
336 427-0498

Humphrey's Ridge Family Marina
241 Humphreys Ridge Dr
Stokesdale, NC 27357
336 427-3949

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Carolina Marina
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, this multi-lane concrete boat launch ramps offers plenty of paved parking and docks. It is accessed via Shelton Road.

Piney Bluff Boat Launch
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Belews Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete boat ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Pine Hall Public Boat Ramp
This is a one-lane, concrete boat ramp with a dock and paved parking. It is located in the northwest quadrant of the lake off Pine Hall Road.

Fishing Guides On Belews Lake

Bob Hensch Fishing Charters - bass, crappie, perch, catfish

Reel Action Fishing Guide - bass, crappies, stripers

If you offer fishing guide services on Belews Lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.

Camping facilities are limited at Belews Lake, but nearby campgrounds and accommodations make it convenient for anglers to enjoy an extended fishing trip. The lake's proximity to urban areas also offers anglers the flexibility to make day trips while enjoying the comforts of nearby amenities.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Humphrey’s Ridge Campground - 336 427-3949

Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Belews Lake
Carolina Marina
548 Shelton Rd
Stokesdale, NC 27357
336 427-0498


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Fishing at Belews Lake, in North Carolina.