Lake James, North Carolina Fishing

Location and Fishing Information: Lake James is located in Burke and McDowell Counties in North Carolina. It is home to incredible fishing, boating and camping. This body of water covers just over 6,000 acres of surface area and has a surface elevation of 1,200 feet.

Popular fish species in Lake James

There are numerous different species of fish to find on this body of water. So, what type of fish are in this lake? You can find Black Crappie, Bluegill, White Bass, Tiger Muskie, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass,Walleye and Channel Catfish on these waters.

Species Regulations

Bass: The size and limit depends on what body of water you are fishing. You can find the game fish chart here.

Crappie: Most areas of North Carolina waters the minimum size is at least 8 inches, however there are other lakes and reservoirs that have different stipulations which can be found here

Walleye: Most lakes there is no size limit and the Creel limit is 8 except for a select few areas.

Sauger: There is a 15 inch minimum and a Creel limit of 8 statewide.

Sunfish: 30 Creel limit but you can have no more than 12 redbreast sunfish.

Non-Gamefish: Certain restrictions apply.

Lake James Fishing Videos

Marinas on this lake

Marina Name: Mimosa Boat Landing

Address: 2260 N Powerhouse Rd, Morganton, NC 28655


Phone: (828) 584-1886

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