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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, striped bass and chain pickerel at Lake Gaston in North Carolina.

Lake Gaston, NC

Fast becoming "the lake" for big blue catfish, Lake Gaston has set the last three state records for blues. It is a 20,000-acre reservoir on the northern border of the state, 2 miles north of Littleton, NC. In addition to catfish, the lake has healthy populations of bass, crappie, walleye, stripers, white bass and chain pickerel. In fact, Lake Gaston served up the state record chain pickerel. Whether you want to catch a bunch of fish for a fish fry, or go in search of monster fish, Lake Gaston is a great destination for anglers. With over 350 miles of shoreline there is plenty of room for fishing from shore, or from your choice of boats, canoes and kayaks. Boat docks, creek channels and areas with aquatic vegetation are the primary targets for locating fish.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

Lake Video

Lake Gaston, situated in North Carolina, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a diverse range of fish species and abundant fishing opportunities. Spanning over 20,000 acres, this reservoir is known for its excellent fishing conditions and scenic beauty.

One of the prized fish species in Lake Gaston is the largemouth bass. The lake boasts a healthy population of largemouth bass, attracting anglers from all skill levels. With its numerous coves, submerged structures, and ample vegetation, the lake provides ideal habitats for bass. Anglers can employ various techniques such as topwater lures, plastic worms, and crankbaits to entice the bass into biting. Lake Gaston is renowned for producing trophy-sized bass, offering anglers the chance to reel in their dream catch.

Lake Gaston is also home to other popular fish species, including striped bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Striped bass, or "stripers," are highly sought after for their fighting strength and delicious taste. Anglers can target striped bass by trolling with artificial lures or using live bait. Crappie fishing is also excellent in Lake Gaston, with both black crappie and white crappie available. Catfish and sunfish provide additional fishing opportunities, making the lake a versatile destination for anglers.

Lake Gaston in North Carolina offers a remarkable fishing experience with its diverse fish species and picturesque setting. Anglers can pursue largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish, among others. Whether you're seeking trophy-sized bass or simply looking to relax in nature, Lake Gaston provides an unforgettable fishing and recreational experience.

Fishing Boats For Rent In North Carolina

Primary fish species residing in Lake Gaston

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Striped bass Chain pickerel

Lake Gaston Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Lake Gaston, and the lake offers numerous boat ramps and marinas for easy access. Whether you prefer cruising in a motorized boat, paddling in a kayak, or fishing from a pontoon, the lake provides ample space for boating and exploring its vast waters. Boaters can enjoy the scenic views, find their favorite fishing spots, or engage in water sports activities.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Eaton Ferry Marina-Keel Marinas
Rentals: Bow riders, deck boats, pontoons, canoes and kayaks
252 586-4661

Northampton Marine
Rentals: Pontoon and deck boats
252 537-7900


Eaton Ferry Marina-Keel Marinas
1865 Eaton Ferry Rd
Littleton, NC 27850
252 586-4661

Southpointe Marina
1835 Eaton Ferry Rd
Littleton, NC 27850
252 586-7547

Washburn's Marina
2192 River Rd
Henrico, NC 27842
252 537-1335

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Salmon Landing
This is a small, concrete ramp with a dock, located just east of the Highway 903 Bridge. The parking is limited, and unimproved.

Summit Landing
Located at the end of Bluebird Lane, in the southeast corner of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Click here for a North Carolina Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available near Lake Gaston, allowing visitors to extend their fishing trip and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, there are options to suit different preferences and comfort levels. Camping near Lake Gaston provides an opportunity to wake up to beautiful sunrises, enjoy lakeside campfires, and experience the tranquility of the outdoors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Gaston RV & Camping Resort - 252 586-4121

Sherwood Forest Campground - 252 537-2526

Lake Gaston Americamps Campground - 434 636-2668

Lake Gaston NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Gaston
Lake Gaston RV & Camping Resort
561 Fleming Dairy Rd
Littleton, NC 27850
252 586-4121


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Lake Gaston in North Carolina.

Excellent catfish fishing in northern NC.

Fishing at Lake Gaston, in North Carolina.