Lake Livingston Fishing Report

Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level – 131.19

Release – cfs 1,250

Water Temperature – 83-77’

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


“Too Hot to Fish.” Someone said recently. This summer has had some of the best fishing in recent memory reminiscent of the hey days of the 70’s. We start our summer trips about 6:00 am and get off the water by 11:00 am to beat the heat. The river channel near Riverside has been low and green providing outstanding White Bass fishing with numerous big Hybrids being caught. Summer Crappie fishing has remained good in the major creeks. Typical summer patterns are now producing fish in all parts of the lake. These patterns should continue to provide outstanding action in weeks ahead. Lake Livingston consists of over 90,000 acres of water and 450 miles of shoreline.


Black Bass {largemouth} – Black Bass fishing has slowed with higher water temperatures. Some good fish still being caught on Charlie’s June Bug Gecko fished around logjams in the river. Newton, Upper Carolina and Harmon Creeks all producing Blacks. Several good fish caught recently in Bethy Creek near the rocks on medium diving crank baits in sexy shad and blue.

Catfish – Good fishing for big Blue Cats on drifted shad mid lake and lower lake regions. Great action now for Blue Cats on trotlines baited with fresh 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 – Good Crappie now coming out of Bethy, Harmon, Carolina and Bedias Creeks in clear and tea colored water. Also, some good Crappie coming out of lower lake boathouses. Best bait has been live minnows 4-6′ on a slip cork. Lots of short fish being caught now.

White Bass – “Early bird gets the worm,” get on the water at first light to get in on top water schooling action. Look for schooling fish in the River channel. Then, concentrations of Whites showing up on mid and lower lake humps where they are being caught in good numbers on Tsunami Zombie Eye Blue Silver Glow jigging slabs off the bottom. Hybrids over 18″ are being caught along with the Whites.