Lake Livingston Fishing Report

Lake Livingston Fishing Report

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Normal Lake Level 131'
Current Lake Level 131.44
Water Temperature 65'-75'
Water Clarity south lake clear, mid lake murky, upper river channel "muddy"


The lake should be settling out after the recent rise from local rains and fresh water comming down from the Dallas area. All species of fish are settling into their summer patterns. White Bass fishing on the humps has been outstanding and this pattern should continue. Look for surface schooling Whites and Stripers now.


Black Bass (Largemouth) – Fish Charlies June bug "Brush Buster" Texas rigged around wood and rocks in Bethy and Carolina Creeks. Fish Norman and Bandit medium diving crank baits in shad patterns off mid lake rocky points.

Catfish – Blue Cats are being caught off the bulk heads at first light on shad or prepared baits. Drift fish the old 190 road bed and the main river channel with fresh shad. Rod and reel fishing has been good in the river at Riverside and this pattern will continue with moving water. Jug fishing has been productive and should continue in Harmon, Bethy and Carolina creeks. Best jug fishing has been on windy days.

Crappie – Mid lake boat houses and cut banks in the creeks should produce Crappie on minnows and jigs. Look for the deeper boat houses then fish the front and middle pilings about 4' down with minnows rigged on a slip cork.

White Bass – Look for White bass to stack up on mid and lower lake humps and ridges. The Whites have been on the Old 190 Road Bed where good numbers can be caught on White Slabs. Use your electronics to find the fish on top of the humps at 12- 15' or on the edge of the humps 17-21'. Good numbers of short Stripers are running with the Whites with the occasional 18" keeper being caught. Watch the wind out in the open water. Try to get out when the wind lays.

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