Lake Livingston Fishing Report

By David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131.00
Current Lake Level – 130.4
Release – 3000,cfs
Water Temperature – 78/80′
Water Clarity – lower lake clear, mid lake tea color, upper river channel clear, upper creeks clearing.


Duck, Bass, Crappie; just some of the action that has been heating up this fall on Lake Livingston. Warmer than normal ambient and water temperatures have provided outstanding action for sportsmen. The lake is in great shape and all species of fish are biting. This pattern should continue through coming weeks until there is a major drop in water temperature. Conditions are good for a fall run of White Bass. We have been consistently catching Hybrid White Bass 17” to 23″. Duck numbers are up and waterfowl hunting looks good.
Don’t miss out on the great fall fishing. Lake Livingston consists of over 90,000 acres of water and 450 miles of shoreline.


Black Bass {largemouth} – Fish to five lbs. taken recently in Carolina Cove flipping June Bug Charlie’s Gecko and Charlie’s Swimming Jigs black and red under boathouses. Fish wood and laydowns in the river channel with June bug lizards. Medium diving crank baits in sexy shad and chartreuse blue are taking fish around mid lake rocky points and off points in White Rock and Bethy Creeks.

Crappie – Some excellent Crappie coming out of upper lake creeks. Look for clear water in the creeks as local rains can muddy up areas. Fish jigs and minnows around lay downs. Good crappie also being caught in the river channel near wood.

White Bass – Good fishing for Whites continues on the south end of the lake off humps and ridges on jigged slabs or trolled pet spoons. Also, good numbers of Hybrids and Whites have been caught recently in the same areas. The river channel near Riverside is clear and producing good numbers of Whites and Hybrids. Trolled cranks baits around the cuts and bends if weather patterns remain warm look for Whites up Harmon, White Rock and Bethy Creeks.

Catfish – Good fishing for big Blues drifting cut shad lower and mid lake around the old river channel. Fish under the bird roost now in Harmon Creek with fresh shad under a cork. Jug fishing good in Carolina, Bethy and Harmon Creeks and the mouth of Penwaugh.

Duck Hunting – Good numbers of Teal showing up with Gadwall and Pintail with scattered Wood Ducks. A good acorn crop this year should keep Wood Ducks and Mallards near the timber. Conditions are good for ducks.