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From the VDGIF Virginia Outdoor Report on The James River, Upper (Iron Gate to Scottsville):
Fishing in the upper James
River in 2012 should be pretty good for smallmouth bass. The river went
through several years (1999-2003) with below average to poor smallmouth
spawning success, which means that the fish from those years aren't plentiful.
In more recent years, the spawning success in 2004 was outstanding, in
2005 it was average, and in 2006 it was a little below average. There
should be pretty good numbers of smallies in the 8-14 inch range. Fish
bigger than 14 inches are going to be somewhat rare, but they are out
there. If we get a good spawn in 2009, then fishing will continue to be
good on the upper James for the near future. The spawning success in 2009
was poor, and fishing declined a bit by 2009-10. However, last years season
was good for growth and 2012 should be a good season for both numbers
*Smallmouth fishing best at 3-5 foot level (clarity should be cloudy or clear). Virginia State fishing license required for all anglers 16 years and older.
Doug Uncapher of Keene, Virginia shows off a 21 inch 5 pound smallmouth (on right) along with another 4 pound fish. Both fish were fooled by a super fluke lure and released live back into the James River.
This image shows some favorite smallmouth lures and tackle box essentials! Items would include a good fish scales, bent angle forceps, nail clippers, tape measure, a variety of jig heads and curly tail grubs, Yamamotos, and pig tail pork rinds. Top water baits such as torpedoes, buzz baits, and Lucky Sevens will work well. Spinnerbaits are another essential along with Rapalas, and other assorted shallow dive crankbaits. Beetlespins and rooster tails work well also, but tend to catch smaller and a better variety of fish. Remember to carry a hook file to keep those hooks good and sharp and extra line for your reels. Always keep your license in a waterproof container within your tacklebox or bag. Most important of all, be sure to practice CATCH AND RELEASE so your children and grandchildren can enjoy the same thrill as you do catching the the elite smallmouth bass.
|"Gunz" with a beautiful
spring 4.9 pound smallmouth!
Kranenburg had a tremendous day fishing The James
River. His comments say it all:
Even the occasional carp will hit hard but anglers better have some heavy rig! This one was caught on surf tackle using a special home made bread dough recipe. The carp weighed 30 pounds and was 36 inches long!