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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):
With Lake James at 55 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is getting ready to ramp up. The male bass will start moving up from deep water toward spawning coves and the big ones are right behind them. This is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. The female bass will start feeding at this water temperature in preparation for spawn. The male bass may be up shallow especially on sunny afternoons. Fishing sunny spawning grounds that are receiving the warm spring time sun is a great way to get a few largemouth bass in the boat.
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):
With the water temperature at 55 degrees smallmouth bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Smallmouth bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It's time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
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 should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
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):
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 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 ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Spotted bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It?s time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
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 affects of the moon on freshwater fish and game are at a minimum right now. There will be a new 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:

06:18 EST

Sunset:

20:31 EST

Moon Phase:


% Illuminated
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