Fishing Report 10-18-17

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Normal Lake Level – 131.0

Current Lake Level – 130.63

Discharge – 1,500 cfs

Water Temperature – 80′-85′

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

FISHING FORECAST – Great fall fishing going on now  on Lake Livingston.  Fall fishing on Lake Livingston is some of the best fishing of the year.  While deer camps and campfires are in order Lake Livingston fall fishing patterns are cranking up.   The water is in great shape and good reports of fishing are coming in from all parts of the Lake.  White Bass, Crappie, Black Bass and Catfish are now being caught in good numbers. Lake Livingston consists of 90,000 surface acres of water and over 450 miles of shoreline.         


Black Bass {largemouth} – The river channel on the north end of the lake is clear and green.  Fish June bug and black Lizards around log jams and rocks from Carolina creek to Harmon Creek. Fish Charlie’s 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. Fish texas rig, Berkly Neon Chigger  Craw and  Strike King June bug Speed Craw.

Catfish – Good fishing for Blue cats in Harmon Creek on popping corks baited with fresh cut shad and peeled shrimp. Baited holes producing Channel and Blue Cats in Harmon.   Also some good catches coming on jug lines in Carolina and Bethy Creeks.  Drift fishing fresh shad mid and lower lake from 15 to 25′.

Crappie – Crappie are being caught in the boat houses and   brush tops. White Rock, Carolina, Bethy and Harmon creeks are now producing excellent Crappie fishing. Best bite has been on live minnows and jigs.

White Bass – White Bass are coming in from all over the lake. The  190 road bed is producing good catches of Whites by jigging Tsunami Zombie Eye jigs off structure 12′ to 17′. Best bite has been at mid morning as long as the wind lays.  Look for birds and schooling Whites mid lake and south lake early morning .   The  river channel is producing Whites throwing medium diving crank baits in the cuts to major creeks. Also troll the river with medium diving crank baits and rattle traps.

Stripers – occasional Hybrids and Stripers being caught fishing for Whites.  Look for schooling fish south lake area early am.  Follow the birds to the schools. Some good Hybrids and Whites being caught in the River near Riverside 

Duck hunting   The Lake is in great shape for holding ducks and prospects are good for the regular season opener.   Duck season opens North zone Nov. 11, 2017

David Scott Cox

Palmetto Guide Service