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Lake James Fishing



Lake James Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake James, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Smallmouth Bass

  2. Smallmouth Bass

    There is a 25.88% catch rate for Smallmouth Bass, based on 132 Smallmouth Bass counted.

    Lake James Smallmouth Bass Counts Chart
    Smallmouth

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  3. Yellow Perch

  4. Yellow Perch

    There is a 20.2% catch rate for Yellow Perch, based on 103 Yellow Perch counted.

    Lake James Yellow Perch Counts Chart
    Yellow

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  5. Brown Trout

  6. Brown Trout

    There is a 13.92% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 71 Brown Trout counted.

    Lake James Brown Trout Counts Chart
    Brown

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  7. Redbreast Sunfish

  8. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 10% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 51 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake James Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

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  9. Rainbow Trout

  10. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 7.25% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 37 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Lake James Rainbow Trout Counts Chart
    Rainbow

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  11. Bluegill

  12. Bluegill

    There is a 4.71% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 24 Bluegill counted.

    Lake James Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  13. Rock Bass

  14. Rock Bass

    There is a 4.71% catch rate for Rock Bass, based on 24 Rock Bass counted.

    Lake James Rock Bass Counts Chart
    Rock

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  15. Green Sunfish

  16. Green Sunfish

    There is a 3.73% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 19 Green Sunfish counted.

    Lake James Green Sunfish Counts Chart
    Green

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  17. White Perch

  18. White Perch

    There is a 3.14% catch rate for White Perch, based on 16 White Perch counted.

    Lake James White Perch Counts Chart
    White

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  19. Largemouth Bass

  20. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 1.76% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 9 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake James Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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Recommendations above based on 18 species of fish and 510 fish counted for May around Lake James.

To date, there are 30 species of fish and a total of 3568 fish counted for Lake James and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 4:27:58 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake James are the following:

  1. Canal Boat Ramp


  2. Hidden Cove Boat Ramp


  3. Boat Ramp2250


  4. Rocky Point92


  5. Brown Trout94


  6. Island Point
    Island Point


  7. Rocks403


  8. Good Bank
    Good Bank


  9. Boat Ramp1308


  10. Good Point


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