About The Lake

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

Predominant Fish Species
      • Largemouth bass
      • Bluegill
      • Blue, channel & flathead catfish
      • White bass
      • Striped bass
      • Crappie
Fishing Regulations

Statewide regulations apply to all fishes with the exception of blue and channel catfish. For portions of the lake in Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties, the daily bag and possession limit for blue and channel catfish is 50.

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.
Fishing 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.

Fishing Tips

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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