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Lake Waccamaw, NC

Popular Fish Species Lake Waccamaw, NC

Lake Waccamaw Popular Fish - Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Lake Waccamaw has a good population of yellow perch, which are fun for all ages to catch. Fishing for yellow perch is simple, their primary diet consists of minnows and other small fish, insects and worms. Use a small hook and sinker. Bait a small hook with minnows, worms or small jigs using 6 to 10 pound line. They make for an excellent fish fry, are a food source for many of the larger predator fish in the lake. White perch are also present in the lake in good numbers, and are very active in summer.

Lake Waccamaw Popular Fish -Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie are a staple for anglers at Lake Waccamaw, and they are averaging a pretty good size this year. Crappie fishing is fun, especially when they run in sizeable schools. Crappie 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.

Lake Waccamaw Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Lake Waccamaw 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.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, redear sunfish, white bass, white perch and striped bass at Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina.

Probably one of the best white perch fishing lakes in North Carolina, Lake Waccamaw is under fished for virtually all fish species in the lake. This 8,900-acre lake, located in the south-east part of the state, beckons you to come enjoy the great fishing. It is a perfect lake for small craft - inflatable's, canoes, kayaks, john boats and aluminum boats fit the bill. As a result of plentiful vegetation and thriving perch and sunfish populations, bass and catfish thrive here and can grow to trophy size. With relatively clear water, most lures will attract bites. Smaller lures - crankbaits, spinners, and spinnerbaits, will attract bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and perch. Using small sizes, you never know what will charge your lure next.

Lake Waccamaw, located in southeastern North Carolina, is a unique and captivating destination known for its natural beauty and diverse ecosystem. The lake is a popular spot for fishing enthusiasts, offering a wide range of fish species to target.

Anglers visiting Lake Waccamaw can expect to find a variety of fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish. Largemouth bass are particularly abundant and provide exciting fishing opportunities throughout the year. The lake's pristine waters and abundant vegetation provide an ideal habitat for bass and other fish species. Crappie and bluegill can be found in good numbers, especially around submerged structures and vegetation. Catfish, including channel catfish and bullheads, are also common and provide anglers with thrilling battles.

Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina is a captivating destination for fishing, boating, and camping. With its diverse fish species, including bass, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish, anglers can enjoy a rewarding fishing experience. Boaters can explore the tranquil waters of the lake, while campers can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Lake Waccamaw State Park offers additional recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking a relaxing fishing trip, an adventurous boating excursion, or a peaceful camping getaway, Lake Waccamaw has something to offer for everyone.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Waccamaw

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redear Sunfish White Bass White Perch Striped bass

Lake Waccamaw Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES (Small craft)
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is a popular activity on Lake Waccamaw, with several boat ramps available for easy access to the water. Whether you prefer motorized boats or non-motorized options like kayaks and canoes, you can explore the expansive lake and enjoy its tranquil atmosphere. The calm waters of Lake Waccamaw are perfect for leisurely cruises, fishing excursions, or water sports such as tubing and water skiing.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

NC Wildlife Boat Ramp
Paved parking, a dock and a two-lane, concrete boat ramp make for easy launching here. It is located mid lake on the west side of the lake off Wooded Acres Road.

Fishing Guides On Lake Waccamaw

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Lake Waccamaw Fishing Video
Fishing License

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For those who wish to spend more time in this scenic location, camping facilities are available near Lake Waccamaw. The lake offers a campground with amenities such as RV hookups, tent sites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Lake Waccamaw allows visitors to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings and experience the peacefulness of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Waccamaw State Park Campground - 910 646-4748

Last Chance Campground - 910 770-0746

Ambassador Camp Campground - 910 646-3909

Lake Waccamaw NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Waccamaw
Lake Waccamaw State Park
1866 State Park Dr
Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450
910 646-4748


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Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina.

Perch, sunfish, bass and catfish fishing in southeast NC.

Fishing at Lake Waccamaw, in North Carolina.