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Lake Info: Livingston, Texas


Lake Livingston is a man-made reservoir located in the East Texas Piney Woods. Lake Livingston was built, is owned and is operated by the Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) under contract with the City of Houston for water supply purposes. The lake is the largest lake constructed for water supply purposes located totally within the State of Texas. The Livingston Dam, constructed across the Trinity River approximately 7 miles (11 km) southwest of the city of Livingston is 2.5 miles (4 km) in length and has an average depth of 55 feet (17 m)

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.

Facilities and Parks: 

Six public boat ramps and a number of privately operated ramps offer access to the lake. Camping is available at Lake Livingston State Park and many private resorts.

Fishing Description: 

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.

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.

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.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

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.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Shiloh Bait & Tackle
  • 139 Gettysburg Dr - Livingston, TX
  • (936) 365-2952
    Dolen Grocery & Bait
  • 10169 Fm 787 Rd W - Cleveland, TX
  • (281) 432-1940
    Oakhurst Bait Company
  • 1131 Us Highway 190 - Oakhurst, TX
  • (936) 377-2654

Boat Rental

    Indian Hills Boat Rentals
  • 125 Indian Hill Blvd - Livingston, TX
  • (936) 967-4161
    Lake Conroe Boat Rentals
  • 12947 Lake Conroe Hills Dr - Willis, TX
  • (936) 228-0845
    Lake Livingston State Park Market & Marina
  • 300 State Park Rd Apt 65 - Livingston, TX
  • (936) 365-3000

Vacation Rental

    Vacation Rentals at Walden
  • 12500 Melville Dr - Montgomery, TX
  • (936) 718-3615

Bar and Restaurant

    L Bar J Restaurant
  • 1100 E Houston St - Cleveland, TX
  • (281) 592-1668
    The Texas Pepper Restaurant
  • 930 Highway 59 Loop N - Livingston, TX
  • (936) 327-2794
    Bodacious Bar-B-Q
  • 200 South Point Loop - Livingston, TX
  • (936) 328-5855

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