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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, white perch and striped bass at Roanoke Rapids Lake in North Carolina.

Roanoke Rapids Lake, NC

A quiet and relaxing getaway, this is a great lake for kayaking, sailing, canoeing...and of course fishing. Roanoke Rapids Lake, at 4,600 surface acres has room for all types of water-related activities. The lake is situated downstream of Gaston Lake, in the northeast part of the state, at Roanoke Rapids, NC. Known for exceptional striped bass fishing in the fall, and generally good fishing all season long for a variety of species, it is a good choice for those who like to avoid crowds. There are day-use areas at the lake and campgrounds with RV spaces nearby. Come fish Roanoke Rapids Lake for big stripers and catfish, as well as load up the ice chest on crappie and perch. Multiple marinas offer services and supplies for boating, as well as boat rentals.

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Roanoke Rapids Lake, situated in North Carolina, is a fantastic destination for anglers seeking a rewarding fishing experience. This picturesque reservoir covers approximately 4,650 acres and offers a diverse range of fish species, making it a popular spot among fishing enthusiasts.

One of the most sought-after fish species in Roanoke Rapids Lake is striped bass. This lake is known for its excellent striped bass fishery, attracting anglers from far and wide. The lake is stocked with striped bass regularly, ensuring ample opportunities to catch these hard-fighting and highly prized game fish. Anglers can employ various techniques such as trolling with artificial lures or using live bait to entice these powerful predators.

In addition to striped bass, Roanoke Rapids Lake is home to other popular sportfish species, including largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Largemouth bass can be found throughout the lake and provide exciting angling opportunities for bass enthusiasts. Crappie fishing is productive in the lake, with both black crappie and white crappie available. Catfish, such as channel catfish and flathead catfish, can also be targeted and provide thrilling battles on the line.

Roanoke Rapids Lake in North Carolina offers a rewarding fishing experience with its diverse fish species and scenic surroundings. From striped bass to largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish, the lake provides a range of angling opportunities for all skill levels. Whether you're a dedicated angler or simply enjoy the serenity of nature, Roanoke Rapids Lake is a wonderful choice for fishing and recreation in North Carolina.

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Primary fish species residing in Roanoke Rapids Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie White Perch Striped bass

Roanoke Rapids Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Roanoke Rapids Lake, with multiple boat ramps available for easy access. Anglers can bring their own boats or rent them from nearby marinas. The lake's expansive waters offer plenty of space for boating and provide opportunities to explore different fishing areas. Whether you prefer trolling, casting, or drifting, Roanoke Rapids Lake offers versatility and room to maneuver.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

5th Street Boat Landing
Located at the north end of West 5th Street, in the southeast corner of the lake, this two-lane, concrete boat ramp has docks and plentiful, paved parking.

Thelma Boating Access
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, on Van Warren Road, this one-lane, concrete ramp has a dock and gravel parking.

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Camping options are available near Roanoke Rapids Lake, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. There are campgrounds with amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restroom facilities, providing a comfortable camping experience. Camping near the lake allows anglers to maximize their fishing time and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

R V Resort At Carolina Crossroads - 252 538-9776

Lake Gaston RV & Camping Resort - 252 586-4121

Sherwood Forest Campground - 252 537-2526

Roanoke Rapids Lake NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Roanoke Rapids Lake
Day Use Park at Roanoke Rapids Lake
100 Oakwood Avenue
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
252 410-6318


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Roanoke Rapids Lake in North Carolina.

Exceptional striped bass fishing in northeast NC.

Fishing at Roanoke Rapids Lake, in North Carolina.