James River

One of the major tributaries of Table Rock Lake is the James River, which flows in from the north towards Springfield, Missouri. Its fishing history dates back to the days when there were not any dams on the White River. The White, and rivers like the James River, were then floated by outfitters who fished for smallmouth and largemouth bass, camping and cooking on the riverbanks for their clients. The James is still floated by many anglers in search of the smallmouth bass, which can grow well over 20 inches in length. There are several liveries on the river that supply canoes and shuttles to various accesses up and down the river.

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Lower James Walleye!

Posted by Phil Lilley on April 20th, 2017


Spent a great evening late last week floating from Cox to Blunk. Launched at 5 or so and blew through the upper 3/4 mile, started fishing at the big bend. Had the best evening for walleye I have had in years! Ended up with 13 to the boat, kept two for dinner and released the rest. read more…


Posted by Phil Lilley on March 29th, 2017


So caught this little guy today.  Was happy to get anything today.  Was a good fight on my lightweight rig with rapids and got hug up on tree for a minute as well.   Been catching only goggle eye at Delaware lately.


Blunk to McCords bend Wednesday 03.08.17

Posted by Phil Lilley on March 9th, 2017


Launched the ATAK at Blunks late this morning. Floated to the bend and paddled back. Fishing was good, I don’t remember there being as many Spots in there as I saw today.  read more…