Lake James
Current Temperature:
28°
Est Water Temperature:
36° (What's This)
Barometric Pressure:
30.19 (Rising)
Wind Speed:
North-West at 07 Knots (8 MPH)
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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!
State:
North Carolina
Latitude:
35.754975
Maximum Depth (ft):
120
County:
Burke
Longitude:
-81.906829
Normal Elevation (ft):
1140
Inpoundment Type:
Lake
Water Clarity:
6-10 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
6812
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
Other
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Guest
2014-03-12
Species: Walleye
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 47
Went fishing for walleye on March 11, 2014 at 8am and the water temp was at 47 in the main channel and 52 at 3pm. Got a few smallmouth bass but no walleye.
Guest
2013-05-05
Species: Smallmouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 62
Fished 2 times May 1 & 3, caught an abundance of Smallmouth using Rapala Shad Raps ( all released, 1 -19\" Walleye. On the 3rd I caught & Released a 15\" Trout, 4 Lb Smallmouth and several white bass, all on the Rapala Shad Rap.
Guest
2012-11-09
Species: Walleye
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Fishing pretty poor unless you like White Bass.
Guest
2012-11-09
Species: Walleye
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Hard to get a bite unless your into white bass .
Lake James Largemouth Bass Rating:
3.5
Lake James Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 36 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 Rating:
4
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 36 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 Rating:
4
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 Rating:
3.5
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 Rating:
3.5
Lake James Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
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 Rating:
2.5
Lake James Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
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 Rating:
3
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White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Lake James Striped Bass Rating:
3.5
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Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

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:

08:19 EST

Sunset:

19:04 EST

Moon Phase:


% Illuminated
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