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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Float- Marble Ground, Monday

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 22nd, 2016


Put in at marble ground/extension of V access and paddled up stream to next gravel bar for the afternoon/evening to hang out and fish with the wife. read more…

5 Year Walleye

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 19th, 2016


I got out on the river this weekend and had my best day yet, this year..The river is low enough I could get out of the kayak and fish. My day started out with a deer coming down to see what I was doing. And later I followed an eagle down the river. I don’t have a camera that’s good at long distance pictures, usually my fish are not that far away. My biggest fish was a cat that broke my 8 lb line. I guess I forgot how to play a fish. My largest bass threw my 99 cent e-bay lure, yes I buy lures on e-bay, did not replace the hooks, lesson learned. Caught smallmouth, perch, gogle-eyes and one walleye. My streak continues…..one walleye, per year, in the James for the last 5 years. He wasn’t in one of the walleye holes but up one riffle, I guess one of the flood brought him up. The method was not cranking and stopping or ripping the bait through the water but to cast, over and over and over again to where I thought the fish where, with several different lures, over and over and over, until I think, the fish got pissed off and hit the lure.  I think I’m going to have to start using colored line, yellow or tangerine, eyes getting weak, and if I never catch another fish or fewer fish I will know its the line. Took pictures of a few..released them all…….Great day on the river….. read more…

James River, June 11

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 12th, 2016


Floated from Hootentown to Marble grounds yesterday. Great trip, water is in great shape, and the fish were agreeable! I like this float because it’s usually other fisherman you run in to, so the crowds are lighter. read more…