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Hyco Lake, NC
2016-05-03
Took the canoe out with trolling motor. 2 hrs fishing, 2 bass 14"+ and one that snapped my 12lb line :/ overall was good. Caught one trolling a crank bait too!... [more]

Falls Lake, NC
2016-04-23
My son and I out this morning and landed 22 bass 7 2.5-4.5 and rest 12" -14" caught on Bass pro stick-o no weight and carolina rig green lizzard .left at 1:30 had a blast... [more]

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):
At 58 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 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):
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 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):
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 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
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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 Rating:
2.5
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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 Rating:
3
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White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Lake James Striped Bass Rating:
3.5
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Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

Sunrise:

06:32 EST

Sunset:

20:15 EST

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