Lake Livingston Fishing Report

Normal Lake Level – 131.0’

Current Lake Level – 135.4’

Release – cfs. 53,000

Water Temperature – 59- 65’

Water Clarity – upper river channel high and muddy, mid lake off color, lower lake cloudy to clear. upper creeks, mostly muddy.


Winter time is settling in now on Lake Livingston. The heavy rains here and north of here has the lake at record highs recently. Flooding has been a major issue for many lake area home owners. Many boat ramps have been closed due to high water. Catfishing the back waters for Blues has been the best bet for fishermen on the north end while action for big Blues and structure fishing for Whites has been good on the south end. Fishing should improve as the lake returns to normal levels.

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


Black Bass – {largemouth} Black Bass fishing has slowed with lower water temperatures. Some good fish still being caught on Charlie’s jigs fished around docks in Newton, upper Carolina and Bethy creeks.

Catfish – Good fishing for big Blue Cats on drifted shad mid lake and lower lake regions. Good action now for Blue Cats on rod and reel baited with fresh shad near the old river channel and flooded pastures. 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 – Poor Crappie now that most major creeks are muddied up from all the recent rains. Crappie fishing should improve as the creeks clear out.

White Bass – Look for Whites now on lower lake humps where they are being caught in good numbers on Tsunami Zombie Eye Blue Silver Glo jigging slabs fished off the bottom in 18 to 22 ft. A few Hybrids over 18″ are being caught along with the Whites.