TPWD District Fisheries Office

P.O. Box 427
Snook, Texas 77878
(979) 272-1430
Mark Webb, Biologist

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Lake Livingston

Quick Links: Fishing Regulations | Angling Opportunities | Cover & Structure | Tips & Tactics


Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Trinity River in Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties. Dam is in Polk and San Jacinto counties, west of Livingston and 50 miles north of Houston.
Surface area: 90,000 acres
Maximum depth: 77 feet
Impounded: 1969

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 131 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 1-2 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Moderately to highly turbid

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Trinity River Authority
PO Box 360
Livingston, Texas 77351
(936) 365-2292

Aquatic Vegetation

Native emergent plants are limited to the upper areas of the reservoir and in the backs of coves and embayments. The floating exotic water hyacinth is found throughout the reservoir.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

No free maps are available.

Fishing Regulations

This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.

Angling Opportunities

Lake Livingston is a notable white bass fishery. White bass are plentiful and grow to large sizes. Also notable is the catfish fishery, dominated by blue catfish. Largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie are less abundant but good catches are possible in areas of the reservoir where habitat is available.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass   yes    
Catfish       yes
Crappie     yes  
White Bass       yes
Striped/Hybrid Bass     yes  
Sunfish     yes  
Fishing Cover/Structure

Some native emergent vegetation can be found in the upper areas of the reservoir. Very little cover exists in the lower reservoir due to vertical bulkhead.

Tips & Tactics

White bass are most readily caught in early spring in the many creeks that feed into Lake Livingston. Striped bass can be caught around the 190 bridge area by trolling and vertical jigging spoons or live shad. Largemouth bass are most frequently caught in the bays and creeks from the Kickapoo/Penwaugh area northward. Spring and fall are the most successful seasons for largemouths. Channel and blue catfish can be caught most any time of year on a variety of organic and live baits over the main river channel and in off channel tributaries and creeks.


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