Lake James

Current Temperature:
52°

Est Water Temperature:
59° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
29.90 (Falling)

Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 MPH)

Forecast   |   Trends

Lake James
National Pro Reports

Old Hickory Lake, TN
2015-04-15
Fishing on Old Hickory is on FIRE!!! WE have been running very successful trips over the last week with good number and quality and look for the good days to continue. The fish have made a big push u... [more]

-Ian Huey

North Carolina Reports

Falls Lake, NC
2015-04-14
Out Monday 4/13 Got on water about 9:30 A fished until 1:45 towards the dam area and landed 7 bass 13\" to 15\".all caught on green 6\" lizard carolina rigged and fished slow.5 out of 7 on timber... [more]

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 Community Fishing Reports


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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):
At 59 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is in pre-spawn now. It's time to get fishing. Female bass are going to be moving up to the spawning beds. Male largemouth bass will be starting to build the spawning nests in protected coves. Bass prefer to spawn in weedy and woody cover deep in coves that will be protected from the wind and other elements. This is the best time to catch the lake record bass. The female bass will be feeding until they reach the beds and start the spawn. The smaller male bass will be attacking lures also. It is on like donkey kong!!! Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
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):
The smallmouth bass spawn is in full swing now. Fishing will become slower but won't turn off completely. If you are fishing for female bass go with plastics and really slow your presentation and stay around the spawning beds. You should be able to find some larger females and male bass on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding and the fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again. Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
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):
The crappie spawn should be really heating up now. Crappie prefers to spawn on gravel bottom typically with brush and/or emergent vegetation for cover. If the lake is void of gravel bottoms, find the rocks or rip rap. Crappie will use the larger structure rocks for cover. Cast some small grub baits in the shallows looking for the spawning crappie. Good luck today!
Lake James Walleye Fishing

[ Walleye Info ]
Lake James Walleye Rating:
   3.6/5
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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):
The walleye are coming off of the spawn now. Fish will be feeding very more aggressive making up for lost time eating during the spawn. Walleye will start moving back to their typical structure of choice and should be getting into the lake flats and deep structure. It?s time to hit the water. This may be the best water temperature to be on the water. There shouldn?t be too many fishermen on the water this early and there are many species that are hitting their prime water temperatures to be biting very well. Have fun today!
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):
The spotted bass spawn is in full swing now. Fishing will become slower but won't turn off completely. If you are fishing for female bass go with plastics and really slow your presentation and stay around the spawning beds. You should be able to find some larger females and male bass on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding and the fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again.
Lake James White Bass Fishing

[ White Bass Info ]
Lake James White Bass Rating:
   3.1/5
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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 crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.
Sunrise:
06:44 EST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
20:06 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...