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Lake Livingston Fishing Report July 2020

Lake Livingston Fishing Report July 2020

Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level – 131.0

Release – cfs 1,000

Water Temperature – 85- 87

Water Clarity – upper river channel clearing, mid lake clearing, lower lake clear, upper creeks, mostly clear. 


Let’s go electric!  July is electric month on Lake Livingston.  Fishing for White Bass on Livingston in July means using your electronic fish finders and GPS. Structure fishing and slabbing for Whites as it is often referred to. During the hot months of summer White Bass, mid and lower lake can be caught in good numbers fishing this way.  Once fish are located record the GPS coordinates for future days. 

The Whites will stay tight to the humps and ridges usually from 15 ft. to 21 ft. Once found drop a slab bait to the bottom and jig it up and down until a fish grabs it. Often the fish will hit a falling bait so be ready to set the hook.  You can find some of my GPS coordinates in the 2020 edition of Texas Lakes and Bays Magazine published by Texas Fish and Game Magazine where I do a monthly fishing report.

Lake Livingston consists of over 90,000 acres of water and 450 miles of shoreline.      


Black Bass {largemouth} – Summer is time to throw top waters early like the Pop R and Charlie’s June Bug Gecko on Tx. Rig later in the morning.  Key on wood and rock near the cut backs off major creeks.  Newton, Upper Carolina and Harmon Creeks producing Blacks. Some good fish caught recently in Bethy Creek on wood and rocks. Also, fish Penwaugh Creek on the south end.

Catfish – Good fishing for big Blue Cats on drifted shad mid lake and lower lake regions. Great action now for Blue Cats on trot lines line baited with fish shad near the old river channel.  Fishing for Blue Cats on jugs has been good in in the bays when the wind is blowing.

Harmon Creek is producing Blue Cats early morning fishing under the bird roost.

 Crappie – Slow with some fish being caught near sunken brush in 15’water.

White Bass – Good mid lake and lower lake on the humps and ridges 17 ft. to 21 ft.

 Drop a Tsunami Zombie Eye Jig to the bottom and jig it up and down.  

Alligator Gar – Good fishing now for monster gar in the river channel. Large shad fished under a cork or on the bottom will draw strikes.


David Scott Cox

Palmetto Guide Service


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Tsunami Airwave Rods / Awesome Tackle

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