James River

Richmond, Virginia

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Short Take: More than 60 miles of fishable water; numerous tributary creeks, abundant shallow cover, tidal influence. Perhaps nowhere else in the United States can anglers mix American history and bass fishing as easily as on the James River south of Richmond, Virginia. Both the Colonial era as well as the Civil War are well represented along the river, including not only several magnificent antebellum plantations but also Jamestown, site of the first permanent American settlement. The bass fishing is as rich as the history, too. This is essentially a shallow-water fishery with an abundance of cover, and rarely will any bass be caught deeper than about six feet. Flooded cypress trees, lily pads, rocks, shell beds, duck blinds, piers and pilings, and laydown logs are all abundantly present. Although the James River can be fished for miles above Richmond, it is a totally different fishery there than below the city. That’s because right in Richmond the river crosses a “fall line,” a series of ledges and waterfalls marking the end of the Piedmont and the beginning of the coastal plain region of the state. Above the fall line the river is best known for its smallmouth while below it largemouth dominate. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.
America's Best Bass Fishing

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America's Best Bass Fishing

by Steve Price (Falcon Guides)

Short Take: More than 60 miles of fishable water; numerous tributary creeks, abundant shallow cover, tidal influence. Perhaps nowhere else in the United States can anglers mix American history and bass fishing as easily as on the James River south of Richmond, Virginia. Both the Colonial era as well as the Civil War are well represented along the river, including not only several magnificent antebellum plantations but also Jamestown, site of the first permanent American settlement. The bass fishing is as rich as the history, too. This is essentially a shallow-water fishery with an abundance of cover, and rarely will any bass be caught deeper than about six feet.

Flooded cypress trees, lily pads, rocks, shell beds, duck blinds, piers and pilings, and laydown logs are all abundantly present. Although the James River can be fished for miles above Richmond, it is a totally different fishery there than below the city. That’s because right in Richmond the river crosses a “fall line,” a series of ledges and waterfalls marking the end of the Piedmont and the beginning of the coastal plain region of the state. Above the fall line the river is best known for its smallmouth while below it largemouth dominate. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.

© 2000 Steve Price/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Richmond
Season & Limits: Best May through September
Driving Directions: Directions to James River

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