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Lake Livingston Fishing Report

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level –  132.43

Release - 17,000 cfs

Water Temperature –  68 - 75'

Water Clarity –  upper river channel off color, mid lake and lower lake clear, upper creeks clearing.

 

FISHING FORECAST:  Great action on Lake Livingston should continue for all species of game fish in weeks ahead.  While the lake level has been fluxuating with recent run off  don't miss out on the great spring fishing. Fish are always biting somewhere. Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.     

 

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth}- Mostly post spawn fish now taking white double tandem blade spinner baits  inside cuts of major creeks. Fish to five lbs. taken recently in Thomas Lake flipping Charlies swiming jig,  black and red under boat houses.  Several good fish caught recently in Penwaugh Bay near the marina flipping boat docks with soft plastic.  Medium diving crank baits in sexy shad and chartruese blue are taking fish off mid lake  rocky points and off points in White Rock and Bethy Creeks. 

 

Catfish : Blue Cats to 5lbs moving into the bulk heads and sand bars where they can be caught early in good numbers on fresh shad fished 2' down under a cork.   Good fishing for big Blue Cats on drifted shad mid lake and lower lake regions. Great action now for Blue Cats on rod and reel baited with shad fished in the river channel. Jug line fishing for blue cats has been good in in the Bays when the wind is blowing.

 

 Crappie  Excellent Crappie now coming out of upper lake creeks in clear water. Look for spawning Crappie on the banks in less tha 4 ' of water.  Fish jigs and minnows around lay downs. 

 

 

White Bass -  Whites are scattered all over the Lake now and are being caught from Bedias Creek to the Dam.  Look for concentrations of Whites showing up on mid and lower lake humps.  If the river continues to clear fish for Whites in the cuts and mouths of major creeks.



Lake Livingston Fishing Report

3/22/17

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level –  131.43

Release - 4,000 cfs

Water Temperature –  62 - 68'

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

 

FISHING FORECAST:  Spring has sprung early this year on Lake Livingston. Warmer than normal ambient air and water temperatures have provided outstanding action for sportsmen.  The lake is in great shape and all species of fish are biting. Crappie have moved shallow and Whites have moved up the river and creeks. This pattern should continue through spring with no major drop in water temperature or rains. Conditions are good for a for the spring run of White Bass.  Crappie and Whites are now being caught with eggs ready to spawn.

 Don't miss out on the great spring fishing.   Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

 

 

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth}-  Throw white double tandem blade spinner baits near wood on the inside cuts of major creeks. Fish to five lbs. taken recently in Carolina Cove flipping June Bug Charlie's Gecko and Charlies swiming jig,  black and red under boat houses.  Fish wood and laydowns in the river channel.  Several good fish caught recently in Penwaugh Bay near the marina flipping boat docks with soft plastic.  Medium diving crank baits in sexy shad and chartruese blue are taking fish off mid lake  rocky points and off points in White Rock and Bethy Creeks. 

 

 

 

Catfish - Look for Blue cats to start moving into the bulk heads and sand bars whre they can be caught in good numbers on fresh shad.   Good fishing for big Blue Cats on drifted shad mid lake and lower lake regions.  Fishing the bird roost in Harmon Creek has been good for Blues on fresh shad fished under a popping cork. Jug line fishing for blue cats has been good in in the Bays when the wind is blowing.

 

 Crappie  Some excellent Crappie coming out of upper lake creeks in clear water. Look for spawning Crappie on the banks in less tha 4 ' of water.  Fish jigs and minnows around lay downs.  Good Crappie also being caught in the river channel near wood.

 

 

White Bass - The Run is on!!!  Fish the deep holes near sand bars as far as you can get up the major creeks.  Look for clearing or tea colored water following a local rain. Throw inline spinners, jigs and small rattle traps in the creeks.  If the water stays clear in the river the Whites will spawn in the river channel.  HERE you can throw medium diving crank baits, rattle traps and sassy shad.  Long troll 1/2 oz. rattle traps or a pet spoon behind a diver in the river channel. Key on  cut banks and major points.  


Lake Livingston Fishing Report
2-15-2017
David Scott Cox
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Normal Lake Level – 131’
Current Lake Level – 131.50   
Water Temperature – 60’-63’   
Water Clarity  –  Lower  lake,  clear, mid lake, cloudy,  upper creeks, cloudy to tea colored.

FISHING FORECAST –Spring has sprung and White Bass are running. White Bass fishing  in the creeks has been outstanding. Black Bass are moving off the beds and holding  tight to structure on the cut banks in mid area creeks.  Fish “Charlie’s Black Gecko around wood rocks and boat houses.  Crappie fishing has been good and  with sustained warm weather the Crappie should move shallow and spawn.   Blue cats are starting to show up shallow on the bulk heads.   

SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth} –  Fair to good fishing  spinner  baits and “Charlie’s worms fished shallow around wood and lay downs .

Catfish – Good  fishing for Blue Cats with popping corks baited with fresh shad and fished under the “bird roost”  in Harmon Creek.   Several big “ Opps” were brought in recently to Bethy Creek Resort and Carolina Cove Resort caught in the river channel on trot lines baited with live perch.   Also, good fishing for Blue Cats with jug lines baited with fresh shad. 

Crappie – Good fishing for Crappie recently in all the upper creeks.  Look for clear water and fish minnows and jigs around boat houses and lay-downs.   Use a slip cork set from 1-4’ 

White Bass – White Bass have been “all over the place”, from lower lake to the upper creeks.  Spawning Whites are still being caught in the upper creeks and in the river.  Lots of males have been in the creeks with the large females being in the river.  Best bite has been in clear or “tea” colored water.



Lake Livingston Fishing Report

01-06-2017
David Scott Cox
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Normal Lake Level – 131.0
Current Lake Level –  131.43
Release - 4,000 cfs
Water Temperature –  62 - 68'
Water Clarity –  upper river channel clear, mid lake and lower lake clear, upper creeks clear.

FISHING FORECAST:  Spring has sprung early this year on Lake Livingston. Warmer than normal ambient air and water temperatures have provided outstanding action for sportsmen.  The lake is in great shape and all species of fish are biting. Crappie have moved shallow and Whites have moved up the river and creeks. This pattern should continue through spring with no major drop in water temperature or rains. Conditions are good for a for the spring run of White Bass.  Crappie and Whites are now being caught with eggs ready to spawn.
 Don't miss out on the great spring fishing.   Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       



SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth}-  Throw white double tandem blade spinner baits near wood on the inside cuts of major creeks. Fish to five lbs. taken recently in Carolina Cove flipping June Bug Charlie's Gecko and Charlies swiming jig,  black and red under boat houses.  Fish wood and laydowns in the river channel.  Several good fish caught recently in Penwaugh Bay near the marina flipping boat docks with soft plastic.  Medium diving crank baits in sexy shad and chartruese blue are taking fish off mid lake  rocky points and off points in White Rock and Bethy Creeks. 


 
Catfish - Look for Blue cats to start moving into the bulk heads and sand bars whre they can be caught in good numbers on fresh shad.   Good fishing for big Blue Cats on drifted shad mid lake and lower lake regions.  Fishing the bird roost in Harmon Creek has been good for Blues on fresh shad fished under a popping cork. Jug line fishing for blue cats has been good in in the Bays when the wind is blowing.

 Crappie –  Some excellent Crappie coming out of upper lake creeks in clear water. Look for spawning Crappie on the banks in less tha 4 ' of water.  Fish jigs and minnows around lay downs.  Good Crappie also being caught in the river channel near wood.


White Bass - The Run is on!!!  Fish the deep holes near sand bars as far as you can get up the major creeks.  Look for clearing or tea colored water following a local rain. Throw inline spinners, jigs and small rattle traps in the creeks.  If the water stays clear in the river the Whites will spawn in the river channel.  HERE you can throw medium diving crank baits, rattle traps and sassy shad.  Long troll 1/2 oz. rattle traps or a pet spoon behind a diver in the river channel. Key on  cut banks and major points.  


Lake Livingston Fishing Report

12-12-2016

David Scott Cox

Palmetto Guide Service

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Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level – 131.14

Discharge -2000 cfs.       

Water Temperature – 65'-72'

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake off color, upper river channel "off color

 

FISHING FORECAST –  Great fall fishing is cranking up now on Lake Livingston. Look for Crappie to move into the deep holes in the creeks.  With any sustained warming trend White Bass will kick off their annual run.  The weather this time of year is a major factor in fishing.  Sustained water temperature over 60' and all species of fish will get the spawning urge. 

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

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Now is the time to think about  catching  a trophy. Fish will be transitioning from deeper depths to mouths of creeks and creek ledges. Slow roll spinner baits in deep cuts off the creeks.  Fish Charlies June bug "Brush Buster" Texas rigged around wood an rocks in Bethy and Carolina Creeks.  Black Bass up to five lbs. have been caught recently in Thomas Lake and up Carolina Creek.

 

Catfish – Look for some great blue Cat action in the river channel  with new water coming down.  Good fishing for Blue cats in Harmon Creek on popping corks baited with fresh cut shad and peeled shrimp.  Also some good catches comming on jug lines in Kickapoo, Carolina and Bethy Creeks.  Good fishing for Blue cats over baited holes

 

Crappie  Look for pre spawn Crappie to stack up in thedeep holes in the major creeks where the will take minnows and jigs fished slowly in 8-11'water.  Crappie will move shallow with any warming  trend.

 

White Bass – Scattered reports of White Bass are comming in from the upper lake creeks. Local rain, water temperature over 60' with a south wind will get the Whites moving up the creeks.  Fish Bear Paws jigs, Berkly power grubs and sassy shad up the creeks.  Fish the baits slow on the bottom.  Best bite has been at mid daylake and south lake.   Look for Whites to move into Deep holes inWhite Rock. Harmon and Carolina and Bethy Creeks.

 

Duck hunting -  Good hunting for wood ducks with lots of acorns holding birds in the timber.  Good numbers of Mallards are now down.  Check Trinity River Authority duck hunting regulations before heading out.


11-15-2016
Lake Livingston Fishing Report

David Scott Cox

Palmetto Guide Service

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Normal Lake Level – 131.40

Current Lake Level –  131.63

Release - 4,000 cfs

Water Temperature –

Water Clarity –  upper river channel murky, mid lake and lower lake clear, upper creeks clear with some cloudy streaks.

 

FISHING FORECAST: Duck, Bass, Crappie, just some of the action that has been heating up this fall on Lake Livingston.  Warmer than normal ambient air 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.  Duck numbers are up and waterfowl hunting looks good.

 Don't miss out on the great fall fishing.   Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

 

 

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth}-  Fish to five lbs. taken recently in Carolina Cove flipping June Bug Charlie's Gecko and Charlies swimming jig, black and red under boat houses.  Fish wood and laydowns in the river channel.  Several good fish caught recently in Penwaugh Bay near the marina flipping boat docks with soft plastic.  Medium diving crank baits in sexy shad and chartreuse blue are taking fish off mid lake  rocky points and off points in White Rock and Bethy Creeks. 

 

 

 

Catfish -- Good fishing for big Blue Cats on drifted shad mid lake and lower lake regions.  Fishing the bird roost in Harmon Creek has been good for Blues on fresh shad fished under a popping cork. Jug line fishing for blue cats has been good in in the Bays when the wind is blowing.

 

 

 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 Hybrid Whites have been caught recently in the same areas.  If weather patterns remain warm look for Whites up Harmon, White Rock and Bethy Creeks.

 

 

Duck Hunting-   Hunters are seeing good numbers of Wood Ducks and Gadwall.  Scattered Mallards  now working decoy spreads.  Watch for occasional  Snow or Whitefronted goose showing up.  Good numbers of Mallards will show up with freezing weather to the north.

   



Lake Livingston Fishing Report
9-15-2016
David Scott Cox
Palmetto Guide Service
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Normal Lake Level – 131.0
Current Lake Level – 131.33   
Water Temperature – 80'-85'
Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake clear, upper river channel "tea color"

FISHING FORECAST – Great fall fishing is cranking up now on Lake Livingston.  The water is in great shape and good reports of fishing for all species are coming in from all parts of the Lake.  White Bass, Crappie, Black Bass and Catfish are now being caught in good in good numbers and should get better as fall approaches.  Lake Livingston consists of 90,000 surface acres of water and over 450 miles of shoreline.       

SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for a good spinner bait bite on the north end of the lake in comming days.  Fish Charlies June bug "Brush Buster" Texas rigged around wood an rocks in Bethy and Carolina Creeks.  Black Bass up to five lbs. have been caught recently in Thomas Lake and up Carolina Creek.

Catfish – Good fishing for Blue cats in Harmon Creek on popping corks baited with fresh cut shad and peeled shrimp.  Also some good catches coming on jug lines in Carolina and Bethy Creeks.  Rod and reel fishing in the river channel has been slow. Good fishing for Blue cats over baited holes

Crappie – Crappie are beginning to move shallow and are being caught in the boat houses and   brush tops at 6'.  Fish the mid lake boat houses also, White Rock, Carolina, Bethy and Harmon creeks for Crappie. Best bite has been on live minnows and jigs. 

White Bass – Scattered reports of White Bass are coming in from all over the lake.  190 road bed and hells 1/2 acre  areas are producing good catches of Whites by jigging Tsunami Zombie Eye jigs off structure 12' to 17'. Best bite has been at mid day.  Look for birds and schooling Whites mid lake and south lake.   The mouths of Harmon and Carolina  Creeks are producing Whites early am. on medium diving crank baits.

Stripers - occasional Striper being caught fishing for Whites.  Look for schooling fish south lake area early am.  Follow the birds to the schools.

Duck hunting -  Good hunting for Blue Winged teal for the season opener.  The Lake is in great shape for holding ducks and prospects are good for the regular season opener.  

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Lake Livingston Fishing Report
8-18-2016
David Scott Cox
Palmetto Guide Service
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Normal Lake Level – 131.40
Current Lake Level – 132.65
Release - 3,000 cfs.
Water Temperature – 78-80'
Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake clear, upper river channel clearing

FISHING FORECAST;  Lake Livingston is now producing some of the best fishing of this year.  Finaly, after a wet spring the lake has returned to normal levels and is clear in most areas. Fishing for all species of fish is good now and should remain that way through coming weeks.
  Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

       SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth} – .  Fish up to five lbs. recently on.   "Charlie's Flippin Bug"  fished around boat houses.  Fish June Bug creature baits and Lizards around shallow brush and rocks on the north end.  Fish medium diving crank baits around rocky points and rip rap.  Penwaugh, Kickapoo, White Rock and Carolina creeks have all produced 2-4lb fish recently.

Catfish – Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina , Bethy and Kickapoo creeks.   Drift fresh shad on rod and reel across the 190 flats and old river channel now for monster Blue Cats.  Fish the old 190 bridges with  chicken liver and shad for Blue Cats.     

Crappie –   Crappie are being caught in the  major creeks now .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Water has finally cleared in the major creeks.  Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs.  Best jig has been black and chartreuse tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

White Bass –   White Bass are biting EVERYWHERE now.  I have been consistantly catching limits of Whites off mid lake humps on the Palmetto double tandum jig rig. Follow the birds to surface schooling Whites.  Look for Whites up the major creeks now. Harmon Creek has been good for big Whites on rattle trtaps in the 980 bridge area near Harmon Creek Marina.

Duck Hunting -  We are starting to see Blue Winged Teal now and numbers should increase for the Teal season opener here Sept. 10. 

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Lake Livingston Fishing Report

6-15-2016

David Scott Cox

Palmetto Guide Service

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Normal Lake Level – 131'80

Current Lake Level – 131.18

Release - 31,400 cfs.

Water Temperature – 72-77'

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake off color, upper river channel off color, upper creeks clearing

 

FISHING FORECAST;  The lake is finally settling out and returning to normal levels following recent rains.  The north and mid Lake areas remain mostly off color. White Bass fishing is improving in the traditional mid lake and lower Lake regions.      Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

 

       SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for clear pockets of water in  Carolina, Bethy and Harmon Creeks.   Fish up to five lbs. recently on   "Charlie's  3/8oz.swimmin jig" black red neon  fished around boat houses and flooded grass.  Fish Tx. rigged  watermelon green creature baits and Lizards around shallow brush and flooded grass on the north end.  Fish the boat house in Thomas Lake. Throw  Chikara medium diving crank baits around rocky points.

 

Catfish Excellent juglining  across the  flats in  Carolina , Bethy and Kickapoo creeks.    Blue cats continue to be caught in good numbers taking fresh cut shad  on rod and reel in the river channel.  Best bite when the river is rising. Drift fish the lower lake river channel with rod and reel baited with shad.  Also, fish the bridge rails on the old 190 road bed  with shad and chicken liver

 

Crappie  Fish mid lake and lower lake boat houses with minnows and jigs. Best jig has been black and chartruese tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head. The deep holes on the north end major creeks are producing Crappie around brush tops.

 

White Bass   Trolling pet spoons off lower lake humps are producing fish. Pine Island, the Lump, the 190 road bed and Dove Island should produce fish.  Also verticle jig the same areas with 1 oz. Tsunami Zombie Eye jigs. and White Slabs.   The river Channel is still off color however could produce some good catches of Whites as it settles out. Best baits for Whites in the upper river channel include  200 series natural shad crank baits and Tsunami Cocktails.  White and chartruese best colors. Be on the look out for birds working over schooling fish now.  Follow the birds to the fish.

 

Lake Raven  -  Producing trophy fish now  punching Tx. rigged soft plastic beaver baits and creaturebaits  through the lilly pads.



 Lake Livingston Fishing Report

5-15-2016

David Scott Cox

Palmetto Guide Service

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Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level – 131.33        

Water Temperature – 80'-85'

Water Clarity –  south lake clearing, mid lake clearing, upper river channel "off color"

 

FISHING FORECAST – Great summrr fishing is cranking up now on Lake Livingston.  The water is setteling out after spring rains and good reports of fishing for all species are coming in from all parts of the Lake.  White Bass, Crappie, Black Bass and Catfish are now being caught in good in good numbers .  Lake Livingston consists of 90,000 surface acres of water and over 450 miles of shoreline.        

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for clear water in the creeks and key on wood and  rocks near the cut banks.  Fish Charlies June bug "Brush Buster" Texas rigged in Bethy,  Carolina and Newton  Creeks on the north end. Fish Penwaugh and Kickapoo on the South end.    Black Bass up to five lbs. have been caught recently in Thomas Lake.

 

Catfish – Good fishing for Blue cats in Harmon Creek on popping corks baited with fresh cut shad and peeled shrimp.  Also some good catches comming on jug lines in Carolina and Bethy Creeks.  Rod and reel fishing in the river channel has been excellent.  Good fishing for Blue cats over baited holes. Blue cats continue to be caught on the mid and lower lake bulk heads running the shad at first light.

 

Crappie   Fish the mid lake and lower lake boat houses with live minnows or jigs.   Best bite is around the deeper boat houses in clear pockets of water. 

 

White Bass – Scattered reports of White Bass are comming in from all over the lake.  190 road bed to Pine Island and hells 1/2 acre  areas are producing good catches of Whites by jigging Tsunami Zombie Eye jigs off structure 12' to 17'. Best bite has been at mid day.  Look for birds and schooling Whites mid lake and south lake.   The mouths of Harmon and Carolina  Creeks are producing Whites early am. on medium diving crank baits.

 

Stripers - occasional Striper being caught fishing for Whites.  Look for schooling fish south lake area early am.  Follow the birds to the schools.

 



Lake Livingston Fishing Report
4-13-16
David Scott Cox
Palmetto Guide Service
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Normal Lake Level – 131'
Current Lake Level – 131.27
Release - 7,000 cfs.
Water Temperature – 68-70'
Water Clarity –  south lake clearing, mid lake clearing, upper river channel clearing.

FISHING FORECAST;  Once again the lake is settling out and returning to normal conditions following significant spring rains.  While much of the lake has been off color and fishing challenging,  Team Palmetto has consistantly put customers on fish.  White Bass, Large Mouth or catfish there is always fish to be caught on Lake Livingston.  Look for white to start stacking up on ridges and humps in the mid lake and lower lake regions.   Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for clear pockets of water in the upper lake creeks. Throw 3/8 oz. tandem spinner baits, white or chartruese around shallow wood.  Key on rocky points in Bethy Creek and White Rock Creeks .  Throw Chikara 3d holographic 6-8' diving crank baits in shad or spring craw patterns down the rocks.    Fish up to five lbs. have been taken recently recently on.   "Charlie's Flippin Bug"  fished around boat houses.  Fish June Bug creature baits and Charlie's  Gecko around shallow brush and rocks.

Catfish – Look for Blue to move in shallow on mid lake and lower lake bulk heads and major sand bars.  Fish fresh shad under a cork near the bulk heads and tight line the sand bars.  Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina , Bethy and Kickapoo creeks.        

Crappie –   Some Crappie being caught in the  major creeks .  Bethy , White Rock , Harmon and Caney are all producing fish.  Best bite is in areas of clear water 3-5'.  Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs.  Best jig has been black and chartruese tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

White Bass –     The river Channel is still off color however could produce some good catches of Whites in the next few weeks as it settles out considering no more run off.  Look for  Whites to start showing up on mid and lower lake humps including the 190 road bed and Pine Island areas. Key on humps 12'-17' and verticle  jig the Tsunami Zombie  Eye Jig  1oz. Also, trolled pet spoons over the humps.

Stripers - Key on old bridge rails and drop offs around the old 190 bridge and the river channel.   Verticle jig the same Tsunami Zombie Eye jig for the Stripers.

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Lake Livingston Fishing Report
3-15-2016
David Scott Cox
Palmetto Guide Service
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Normal Lake Level – 131'
Current Lake Level – 132.65
Release - 53,000 cfs.
Water Temperature – 68-70'
Water Clarity –  south lake clearing, mid lake off color, upper river channel off color

FISHING FORECAST;  The lake is on the rise again with all the water comming into the lake as a result from all the recent rains to the north.   Moving water in the river will continue to roll into the lake providing a excellent bite for Blue Cats.   Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for clear pockets of water in the upper lake creeks.  Fish up to five lbs. recently on   "Charlie's Gecko"  fished around boat houses and wood.  Fish June Bug creature baits around brush and rocks in Kickapoo and White Rock Creeks,

Catfish – Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina , Bethy and Kickapoo creeks.   Big Blue cats taking fresh cut shad  on rod and reel in the river channel.
Good numbers of Blues caught in Harmon Creek under the bird roost using fresh shad fished about 3' under a popping cork.    

Crappie –   Some Crappie being caught in the  major creeks .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Best bite is in areas of clear water and during warming trends. Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs.  Best jig has been black and chartruese tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

White Bass –   White Rock Creek, Nelson and Harmon creeks have been slow.  The river Channel is still off color however could produce some good catches of Whites in the next few weeks as it settles out considering no more run off.  Look for Whites to start showing up in mid lake area on the humps.





Lake Livingston Fishing Report

2-15-2016

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131'

Current Lake Level – 131.18

Release - 12,000 cfs.

Water Temperature – 50-58'

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake off color, upper river channel off color, upper creeks clear

 

FISHING FORECAST;  The lake is finally settling out and returning to normal levels following the rains and flooding in 2015.  It has been since the early 1980's  that the lake had reached these record setting  levels three times in the same year. Recent mild spring  temperatures have all species of fish moving shallow to spawn.  White Bass will stack up the creeks providing world class fishing in March.    Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for clear pockets of water in the upper lake creeks.  Fish up to five lbs. recently on.   "Charlie's Flippin Bug"  fished around boat houses.  Fish June Bug creature baits and Lizards around shallow brush and rocks on the north end.  Throw  Chikara medium diving crank baits around rocky points.

 

Catfish Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina , Bethy and Kickapoo creeks.   Big Blue cats taking fresh cut shad  on rod and reel in the river channel. Blue Cats will be moving onto the bulk heads mid and lower lake areas by late March. Fish fresh shad under a cork around the bulk heads.     

 

Crappie Moving shallow  now  in the  major creeks to spawn .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs at two - four foot.  Best jig has been black and chartreuse tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

 

White Bass   Look for big female Whites to stack up in the deep holes in the major feeder creeks.   The river Channel is still off color however could produce some good catches of Whites in the next few weeks as it settles out. Best baits for spawning Whites include sassy shad, power grubs and Tsunami Cocktails.  White and chartreuse best colors.  Fish the down stream side of sand bars with a slow retrieve.  Also, trolling for Whites in the creeks can produce fish.

 

Lake Raven  -  Black Bass to 8lbs now on the nest.  This is the time to catch a trophy fish on Lake Raven




Lake Livingston Fishing Report
1-15-2016
David Scott Cox
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Normal Lake Level – 131'
Current Lake Level – 134'
Release - 41,600 cfs.
Water Temperature – 68-70'
Water Clarity –  south lake clearing, mid lake off color, upper river channel off color

FISHING FORECAST;  The lake is on the rise again with all the water coming into the lake as a result from all the recent rains to the north.  It has been since the early 1980's  that the lake has reached these levels three times in the same year.  Moving water in the river will continue to roll into the lake providing a excellent bite for Blue Cats.   There are lots of ducks on the north end of the lake now with all the water.    Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.     

Lake Raven  (Huntsville State Park) -  Conditions are excellent for Black Bass fishing now.  Look for sows to be moving on the beds in February.

SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for clear pockets of water in the upper lake creeks.  Fish up to five lbs. recently on.   "Charlie's Flippin Bug"  fished around boat houses.  Fish June Bug creature baits and Lizards around shallow brush and rocks on the north end.

Catfish – Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina , Bethy and Kickapoo creeks.   Big Blue cats taking fresh cut shad  on rod and reel in the river channel.     

Crappie –   Some Crappie being caught in the  major creeks .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Best bite is in areas of clear water and during warming trends. Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs.  Best jig has been black and chartreuse tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

White Bass –   White Rock Creek, Nelson and Harmon creeks have been slow.  The river Channel is still off color however could produce some good catches of Whites in the next few weeks as it settles out considering no more run off.  Look for Whites to start showing up in the major creeks.

Duck Hunting -  The excellent duck hunting this year should continue with all the "new"  water flooding pastures and timber.  Good numbers of Wood Ducks, Mallards and Gadwall have dominated straps.  For duck hunters the rest of the season should be excellent.

Snow Goose -  Snows are moving into rye grass fields now on the Katy Prairie.  Conditions are excellent for the Snow Goose Conservation Season opening February 1st. 



Lake Livingston Fishing Report

12-11-2015

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131'

Current Lake Level – 132.65

Release - 46,000 cfs.

Water Temperature – 68-70'

Water Clarity –  south lake clearing, mid lake off color, upper river channel off color

 

FISHING FORECAST:  The lake is on the rise again with all the water comming into the lake as a result from all the recent rains to the north.  It has been since the early 1980's  that the lake has reached these levels three times in the same year.  Moving water in the river will continue to roll into the lake providing a excellent bite for Blue Cats.   There are lots of ducks on the north end of the lake now with all the water.    Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.       

 

       SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for clear pockets of water in the upper lake creeks.  Fish up to five lbs. recently on.   "Charlie's Flippin Bug"  fished around boat houses.  Fish June Bug creature baits and Lizards around shallow brush and rocks on the north end.

 

Catfish Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina , Bethy and Kickapoo creeks.   Big Blue cats taking fresh cut shad  on rod and reel in the river channel.     

 

Crappie   Some Crappie being caught in the  major creeks .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Best bite is in areas of clear water and during warming trends. Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs.  Best jig has been black and chartruese tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

 

White Bass   White Rock Creek, Nelson and Harmon creeks have been slow.  The river Channel is still off color however could produce some good catches of Whites in the next few weeks as it settles out considering no more run off.  Look for Whites to start showing up in the major creeks.

 

Duck Hunting -  The excellent duck hunting this year should continue with all the "new"  water flooding pastures and timber.  Good numbers of Wood Ducks, Mallards and Gadwallhave dominated straps.  For duck hunters the rest of the season should be excellent.

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Lake Livingston Fishing Report

11-16-2015

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131’

Current Lake Level – 131.98

Release - 53,000 cfs.

Water Temperature – 76-80'

Water Clarity –  south lake , mid lake off color, upper river channel high and muddy

 

FISHING FORECAST: Flooding once again here now as a result of all the rains north of here recently.  The Trinity river is the water shed for Lake Livingston and is high and muddy. It will take some time for the lake to return to normal levels.  Check with local Marinas for launching conditions before trailering.  Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.  .     

 

 SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Fish up to five lbs. recently on medium diving crank baits worked off main lake rocky points  and rip rap.    Fish  "Charlie's Flippin Bug" around boat houses in Kicapoo and Penwaugh creeks. 

 

Catfish Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina and Bethy creeks.  Good numbers of Blue Cats being caught on fresh shad  fished on rod and reel in the river channel.  Good Blue Cats on popping corks baited with fresh shad in Harmon   

Creek

 

Crappie – No reports

 

White Bass   Most of the  Lake and the river channel is muddy now making Fishing for Whites difficult.  With the rising water there could be some good fishing for Whites up the creeks in pockets of clear water.

 

Duck Hunting - Lots of Wood Ducks in flooded timber on the north end of the lake.  Spotty hunting over all.  Gadwall and Pintails working flooded flats.  A few Mallards being seen on recent hunts.

 

 

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Lake Livingston Fishing Report
10-13-2015
David Scott Cox
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Normal Lake Level – 131’

Current Lake Level – 130.95

Release - 1000 cfs.

Water Temperature – 76-80'

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake clear, upper river channel clear to cloudy.

 

FISHING FORECAST:  Lake Livingston is in great shape with normal water levels and good fishing for all species.  Fall patterns should continue through the month of November. Crappie fishing is heating up and should remaining good in coming weeks.  White Bass   are being caught in  the main lake the upper river and below the dam.     Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.  

 
SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {Largemouth} – Fish up to seven lbs. recently on medium diving crank baits worked off main lake rocky points  and rip rap.    Fish  "Charlie's Flippin Bug" rigged on Charlie's 1/4 oz. shakey head around mid and lower lake boat houses.  Fish Tx. rig June Bug Lizards around log jams and rocks  in the river channel  in the Riverside area.  Best bite for soft plastics has been mid day.

 

Catfish – Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina and Bethy creeks.  Best bite with a south wind.  Good numbers of Blue cats on popping corks baited with fresh cut shad under the Cormorant roost in Harmon Creek noth of Riverside.  Steady action for  Blue cats taking prepared baits over baited holes .   Several big cats taken recently dropping shad and chicken liver around the old 190 bridge in 12 -17' water.

 
Crappie –  Good Crappie being caught now in the Riverside area in the river and major creeks .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Fish the log jams and lay downs in the creeks and river channel with live minnows and jigs.  Best jig has been black and chartreuse tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.  Best fishing in the creeks has been near the bottom at about 6' down.

 

White Bass –    Look for improving White Bass  fishing in the upper river channel.    Fish the cuts with medium diving crank baits early am.   The river channel should produce some good catches of Whites in the next few weeks.  Follow the birds and look for schooling fish here.   Good fishing for Whites recently off mid lake humps 12 -19'.  Fish White slab baits and Tsunami Zombie Eye jigs near the bottom.    Occasional Stripers being caught along with the Whites on mid lake humps.  Good fishing for Whites and Stripers below the Dam.

 

Drum - Excellent action for freshwater Drum in the upper river channel now.  Fish fresh cut shad on  the bottom  near the cuts in the river channel.  Best bite is early to mid morning.
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  Lake Livingston Fishing Report

9-15-2015

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level – 131.33        

Water Temperature – 80'-85'

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake clear, upper river channel "tea color"

 

FISHING FORECAST – Great fall fishing is cranking up now on Lake Livingston.  The water is in great shape and good reports of fishing for all species are coming in from all parts of the Lake.  White Bass, Crappie, Black Bass and Catfish are now being caught in good in good numbers and should get better as fall approaches.  Lake Livingston consists of 90,000 surface acres of water and over 450 miles of shoreline.        

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Look for a good spinner bait bite on the north end of the lake in coming days.  Fish Charlies June bug "Brush Buster" Texas rigged around wood an rocks in Bethy and Carolina Creeks.  Black Bass up to five lbs. have been caught recently in Thomas Lake and up Carolina Creek.

 

Catfish – Good fishing for Blue cats in Harmon Creek on popping corks baited with fresh cut shad and peeled shrimp.  Also some good catches coming on jug lines in Carolina and Bethy Creeks.  Rod and reel fishing in the river channel has been slow. Good fishing for Blue cats over baited holes

 

Crappie – Crappie are beginning to move shallow and are being caught in the boat houses and   brush tops at 6'.  Fish the mid lake boat houses also, White Rock, Carolina, Bethy and Harmon creeks for Crappie. Best bite has been on live minnows and jigs. 

 

White Bass – Scattered reports of White Bass are coming in from all over the lake.  190 road bed and hells 1/2 acre  areas are producing good catches of Whites by jigging Tsunami Zombie Eye jigs off structure 12' to 17'. Best bite has been at mid day.  Look for birds and schooling Whites mid lake and south lake.   The mouths of Harmon and Carolina  Creeks are producing Whites early am. on medium diving crank baits.

 

Stripers - occasional Striper being caught fishing for Whites.  Look for schooling fish south lake area early am.  Follow the birds to the schools.

 

Duck hunting -  Good hunting for Blue Winged teal for the season opener.  The Lake is in great shape for holding ducks and prospects are good for the regular season opener.

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Lake Livingston Fishing Report

8-12-2015

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131.0'

Current Lake Level – 131.86'

Release - 8000 cfs.

Water Temperature – 89-92

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake clearing,   upper river channel off color

 

FISHING FORECAST;  Lake Livingston is finally recovering from all the spring flooding. Fishing has been good for most species recently.  While a inconvenience and hardship for many people the rising water this year is good for the overall biological process of lake Livingston.  The fishing here should be great in coming years.  I have been catching fingerling Black Bass in my cast net every morning throwing for shad. Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.     

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Fish up to five lbs. recently on "Charlies Salt Bango Watermelon Red" rigged weightless and worked around boat houses in Thomas Lake and Bethy Creek.    Fish  "Charlie's Flippin Bug" around mid and lower lake boat houses.  Good reports of Black Bass recently coming out of White Rock Creek.

 

Catfish Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina and Bethy creeks.  Excellent numbers of Blue Cats  biting fresh cut shad fished on rod and reel in the river channel in the Riverside area.

 

Crappie    Slow with a few reports of Crappie caught off docks.  Mostly short fish.

 

White Bass    Scattered reports of White Bass coming in from all around the lake.  Look for schooling fish under the birds early morning and late afternoon lower lake, mid lake and White Rock creek.  Whites have been moving on and off structure mid lake humps 11-15' south of 190 bridge.  Trolling pet spoons or jigging, " Tsunami Holographic Zombie Eye 1 oz. Jig" have produced fish recently.

 

Striper - Look for stripers Schooling early morning under the birds lower lake.  Also some good fish caught around Pine Island trolling pet Spoons and jigging structure off the river channel near Pine Island.

 

 

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Lake Livingston Fishing Report
4-13-2015
David Scott Cox
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Normal Lake Level – 131’
Current Lake Level – 131.13
Release - 5000 cfs.
Water Temperature – 76-80'
Water Clarity –  south lake clearing, mid lake off color, upper river channel off color
 
FISHING FORECAST:  Lake Livingston is in great shape with normal water levels and good fishing for all species.  Spring patterns should continue through the month of April. Crappie fishing is heating up and should remaining good in coming weeks.  White Bass run is slowing down in the creeks as  migrating Whites move into  the main lake.  Catfishing is excellent in the river.  Blue cats are starting to show up on the bulk heads.   Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.

 

SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {largemouth} – Fish up to five lbs. recently on medium diving crank baits worked off main lake rocky points  and rip rap.    Fish  "Charlie's Flippin Bug" around mid and lower lake boat houses.  Fish June Bug creature baits and Lizards around shallow brush and rocks on the north end.

 

Catfish – Fish fresh cut shad drifted on jug lines across the  flats in  Carolina and Bethy creeks.  Good numbers of Blue cats taking a variety of baits fished on rod and reel in the river channel noth of Riverside.  Look for shad and cats on the bulk heads.

 

Crappie –  Good Crappie being caught in the Riverside area in the major creeks .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs.  Best jig has been black and chartruese tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

 

White Bass –   White Rock Creek, Nelson and Harmon creeks have been slow.  The river Channel is still off color however could produce some good catches of Whites in the next few weeks as it settles out considering no more run off.  look for Whites to start showing up on mid lake humps 11' to 15'.


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Lake Livingston Fishing Report

1-15-2015

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131’

Current Lake Level –  131.13

Water Temperature – 54-57

Water Clarity – tea colored up the creeks, muddy in the river, clear lower lake

 

FISHING FORECAST – Fishing overall the past few days has been slower with the cold temp. and north wind.  Fishing should improve with the next warming trend and south wind.  Large Mouth Bass, White Bass and Crappie should spawn with the next sustained water temp. over 60’

 

SPECIES REPORT:

Black Bass {Largemouth} –  Good to four lbs. in the mouths of creeks on “Charlie’s  June Bug Craw” fished around wood and brush.

 

Catfish –  Good  in the river channel on rod and reel baited with fresh shad,  jug lines good in Carolina Bethy and Harmon Creeks.

 

Crappie – Fair up the creeks  on minnows fished about four deep in the cut banks around brush.

 

White Bass – Lots of White Bass up the creeks now preparing to spawn the bite has been mostly a soft bite on jigs bounced slowly on the bottom.   Fish the deep holes in the mid creek areas.


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 Lake Livingston Fishing Report

 12-16 2014

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131’

Current Lake Level – 131.20

Release at the Dam – 1000cfs

Water Temperature – 48-52’

Water Clarity – Lower Lake, clear, mid lake clear, river channel muddy.  Upper creeks clearing.

 

FISHING FORECAST – Fishing has been good between cold fronts and this pattern should continue in coming weeks.   Crappie are now stacking up in deep holes in the creeks.   Limits of White bass have been caught in the creeks when the conditions are right.  Black Bass have been seen moving shallow on warmer days.  This is the time to fish for big Ops in the river channel.

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Black bass have been tight to the wood in the cut backs up the creeks.  .  Fish Charlie’s “3/8 oz. Green Pumpkin swimming jig,” rigged with Charlie’s “Green Pumpkin Chunk”.  Fish the jig slow bouncing off rocky points in 4-6’ water.  Throw white or chartreuse 3/8 oz. tandem spinner bait on warmer days.  Fish "Bandit" 100 series crank baits off rocky points.   

 

Catfish – The river channel north of Riverside has been good for blue cats on rod and reel baited with fresh shad.  The bird roosts in Harmon Creek have been good for Blue Cats fishing fresh shad under a cork.  Jug fishing remains steady in the bays.  Now is the time to catch a big Op twenty to fifty lbs.  In the river channel on trot lines baited with live perch.

 

Crappie – Excellent Crappie fishing now in Kickapoo, Harmon and White Rock creeks.  Crappie are taking a variety of jigs and minnows fished slow over brush piles and in cut banks in 10 to 15 feet of water.    Any warming trend in the upcoming weeks will move the fish shallow were they will be caught on jigs and minnows fished around shallow brush.

 

White Bass – Outstanding White Bass fishing up the creeks recently during warming trends.  Limits of fish have been caught off the sand bars on in line spinners and jigs.  Trolling the creeks has also produced Whites recently.   The water is clearing in Harmon and White Rock creeks now.  The Whites are in the creeks and will turn on with warmer days and sunshine.

 

Duck hunting –Good numbers of Wood ducks on the upper lake and river system.    Good hunts recently for Mallards, Gadwall, Pintail and Red Heads.

 

Goose Hunting - Excellent decoy action for Dark Geese in the Garwood Katy Prairie region.  Snow Goose best on windy or foggy days.

 


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Lake Livingston Fishing Report

10-15-2014

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131’

Current Lake Level – 130.37

Release - 1000 cfs.

Water Temperature – 86-90'

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake clear, upper river channel clear

 

FISHING FORECAST;  Lake Livingston is in great shape with normal water levels and good fishing for all species.  Fall patterns have set in and should continue through the month of November. Fall Crappie fishing is heating up and should remaining good in coming weeks.  Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.  White Bass  action  continues to be good with consistent limits being taken off mid and lower lake humps.     

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Fish up to five lbs. recently on medium diving crank baits worked off main lake rocky points  and rip rap.    Fish  "Charlie's Flippin Bug" around mid and lower lake boat houses.

 

Catfish Fish fresh cut shad drifted across 14' flats and the old river channel.  Fish fresh shad and chicken liver around the old 190 bridges.  Fishing in the river at Riverside has been slow.  Carolina and Bethy creeks continue to produce good numbers of Blue Cats on jug lines.

 

 

Crappie  Good Crappie being caught in the river channel in the Riverside area and in the major creeks .  Bethy , White Rock and Harmon are all producing fish.  Fish the log jams and lay downs with live minnows and jigs.  best jig has been black and chartreuse tube jig rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head.

 

White Bass  Good fishing for White Bass  in the mid lake area on humps 12-15’ near the old river channel.   Best bite has been on “Sammy’s slab and Tsunami Zombie Eyes, white, green or blue jigged off the bottom.    Best bite has been mid morning or when there is a little wind moving the water.  Look for schooling Whites around the old river channel in the mid and lower lake areas.  Good White Bass fishing in the river channel near Riverside.  Fish crank baits in the cuts early.  Fish slabs later in the morning.  Follow the birds.

 

Striper-  Some schooling action for Striper's early am. south of Pine Island.  Follow the birds.

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Lake Livingston Fishing Forecast

9/24/2014

David Scott Cox

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Normal Lake Level – 131’
Current Lake Level –130.05

Release-1500cfs

Water Temperature – 89-93’

Water Clarity –  Clear

 

FISHING FORECAST – Fishing in the river Channel north of White Rock Creek has been excellent in recent days.  This pattern should continue without any changes in the weather.  The Lake is slowly dropping.  White Bass have been surface schooling  in many parts of the lake but are hard to pattern.   Follow the birds now to get in on the schooling action.  

 

SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Good numbers being caught now in the river channel in the Riverside area.  Fish medium diving crank baits in perch or shad patterns around the cut banks and log jams in the river.  Flip Charlie’s Gecko in the log jams in the river channel. 

 

Catfish –  Drift fish  the flats and old river channel in the mid lake and lower lake area with fresh shad for big Blues.    Tight line chicken liver, fresh cut shad and prepared baits now around the old bridges on the 190 road bed.  Key on the edges and drop offs 11’to15’.  Jug line fishing has been very good on fresh cut shad in the bays.  Best bite is when the wind is blowing.   Some good Blues are being caught with rod and reel using popping corks baited with fresh shad in Harmon creek.

 

Crappie – Good in the river channel in the Riverside area in the log jams.  Use live minnows on a slip cork or black and green jigs fished 4-6’ down in the log jams.   Look for the log jams that are suspended over deep water in the cut banks of the old river channel.   Some good Crappie are also being caught in the deep holes in the upper lake creeks on live minnows and jigs.  Baited holes are producing better numbers of fish.

 

White Bass –  Excellent catches of White Bass recently in the river channel north of White Rock creek.  Best bite has been on fresh cut shad bounced on the bottom early morning near the cuts.  The bite is better when the wind is blowing into a point or cut where medium diving crank baits are taking fish up to 15”.   Jig Sammy’s 1/18oz. Green slab bait and Tsunami 1 oz. Blue Silver Glow, Zombie Eye Jigs.  near humps and drop offs in the river channel.   Good numbers of Whites are also being caught in the lower lake region on the jigs worked off humps in 12-22’ of water.  The Whites seem to be moving up on the humps around mid-morning.   Watch for birds in the lower lake and river channel areas for schooling Whites now.

 

 Striper- Occasional Stripers being caught mixed in with the Whites. Look for schooling Stripers at first light south of Pine Island. Watch for the birds.  Throw Zara Spooks into the schooling fish.


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Lake Livingston Fishing Report

8-18-2014

David Scott Cox

Palmetto Guide Service

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Normal Lake Level – 131.00

Current Lake Level – 130.08

Water Temperature – 86-90'

Water Clarity –  south lake clear, mid lake clear,upper river channel clear

 

FISHING FORECAST;  Lake Livingston is in great shape with  near normal water levels and good fishing for all species.  Summer patterns should continue through the month of Sept.   Lake Livingston consist of over 90.000 acres of water and 450 miles of shore line.   Fishing is good for all species of freshwater fish.         

 

 SPECIES REPORT:

 

Black Bass {largemouth} – Fish up to four lbs. recently on Blue Green 100 & 200 series Bandit crank baits worked off main lake rocky points  and rip rap.    Fish  "Charlie's Flippin Bug" around mid and lower lake boat houses.  The river channel in the Riverside area is clear with "green water" now providing outstanding action for Large Mouth.