Lake James

Current Temperature:
32°

Est Water Temperature:
42° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.57 (High)

Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 MPH)

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Lake James
National Pro Reports

Old Hickory Lake, TN
2015-02-18
There has not been much change over the last month or so in the fishing on Old Hickory but I believe that is about to change. After this weeks absolutely frigid weather and all the snow melt it will b... [more]

-Ian Huey

North Carolina Reports

Lake James General Information
Welcome to FishingNotes.com Lake James fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Lake James water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Interior land and islands at Lake James is mostly state park. The lake is in two counties McDowell and Burk county. There is good crappie fishing in upper lake around big island.


State:
North Carolina

County:
Burke

Inpoundment Type:
Lake

Surface Area (acres):
6812

Lake Management:
Other

Latitude:
35.754975

Longitude:
-81.906829

Water Clarity:
6-10 ft

Water Temp Factors:


Maximum Depth (ft):
120

Normal Elevation (ft):
1140

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

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Lake James Largemouth Bass Fishing

[ Largemouth Bass Info ]
Lake James Largemouth Bass Rating:
   3.5/5
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 42 degrees. If you have a chance to get out on the water, you are going to have to fish deep and slow. Jig fishing and Plastic baits may be your best bet this time of year for largemouth bass. You may also try fishing some sinking jerk baits.
Lake James Smallmouth Bass Fishing

[ Smallmouth Bass Info ]
Lake James Smallmouth Bass Rating:
   4/5
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Lake James Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- trolling with minners 20 to 30 feet cought 2 small mouth 1 larg mouth two to thre pound 1 4 13.
Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 42 degrees. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a smallmouth.
Lake James Crappie Fishing

[ Crappie Info ]
Lake James Crappie Rating:
   3.6/5
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Lake James Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Live minnows 1.5-2\" long, back hooked on 2\' leader with sinker. Work holes just off of submerged trees. This seems to work November-March.
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie fishing is sometimes at its best with the water temperature down this low. Crappie will be in large schools and follow the large shad schools around in extremely deep water. Find the deepest parts of your lake in old river channels and scan your graph for schooling shad. When you find the school, drop your plastics or live bait down to the bottom of the shad and get ready. Many crappie fishermen will be catching awesome numbers and size of fish this time of year. If you are brave enough to get out on the water this time when the water temperature is this cold, it can really pay off. Be careful out there, remember to boat safely. Never take any chances at these temperatures.
Lake James Walleye Fishing

[ Walleye Info ]
Lake James Walleye Rating:
   3.5/5
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Lake James Walleye Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- 10/21/12 water temp 66 caught 2 35\' jigging, 1 was 18.5 inches other 16.5
Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Walleye function very well in the colder water temperatures. Try fishing some open flats and definitely use live bait when the water temperature is this low. Plastics with scent added will also produce results, but nothing beats live bait for walleye.
Lake James Catfish Fishing

[ Catfish Info ]
Lake James Catfish Rating:
   3.4/5
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Lake James Spotted Bass Fishing

[ Spotted Bass Info ]
Lake James Spotted Bass Rating:
   2.3/5
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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
Lake James White Bass Fishing

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Lake James White Bass Rating:
   3/5
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Lake James Striped Bass Fishing

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Lake James Striped Bass Rating:
   3.7/5
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Lake James Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The affects of the moon on freshwater fish and game are at a minimum right now. There will be another full moon coming up here in a few days. The fisherman should never use this as an excuse to not get on the water. The affects of the moon can only enhance the outcome of a day's fishing not decrease potential catch for today. On days without the new or full moon, all other factors including weather, barometric pressure, wind and cloud cover will make up today's equation for success.
Sunrise:
07:59 EST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
19:20 EST







Lake James Links
State Department of Wildlife and Parks
http://www.ncwildlife.org  

State Fishing Licensee
http://www.ncwildlife.org/fs_index_01_li...  

State Parks
http://www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/ncpar...  

State Fishing Records
http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg03_Fishing/p...  

State Fishing Information
http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg02_Regs/pg2b...