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Livingston help... #13580490 06/03/20 02:36 AM
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Spent a bunch of time on Whitney lately lighting up the sandies and stripers, but the wife and kids want to try something new. Headed to Livingston Friday-Sunday. Any ideas where I can start to get them in some sand bass action? Never been on the lake. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: Livingston help... [Re: Randywatts08] #13580721 06/03/20 12:47 PM
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First thing to do is call a marina and ask if the lake is clear enough to fish. It has been muddying up in the winter/spring in recent years.

Re: Livingston help... [Re: Randywatts08] #13580724 06/03/20 12:50 PM
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GO TO PINE INLAND ON SOUTH END.EVERYBODY LIMITING RIGHT NOW.WHERE DID YOU CATCH THE STRIPERS AT

WHITNEY

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In the flats between old fort park and white bluff cove as well as off the point on Steele creek. Been pretty solid right there for suspended fish. Also doing really well at first light top water in the state park.

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i just got a text from them.hammering stripers up to 8 at the state park.

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Nice. Headed down this afternoon. Will be there the entire weekend. I’ll hopefully have good news to report back. Thanks for the info.

Re: Livingston help... [Re: Randywatts08] #13584690 06/06/20 12:55 AM
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So, first time on Livingston today. Tried around the island for a good while. Marked fish in several places. Never got a bite. Watched people catch them trolling, not my thing, but it does put fish in the boat. Feel like I was around enough fish that I should been able to catch some. Tried slabs vertically and casting as well as Little George and rattle traps. Nada... wife and kids gave up after a while and we settled on swimming and tubing. Will try again tomorrow...

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If at first you don’t succeed, try try again... caught probably 30 sandies around the island tonight and one monster hybrid. 9.1lbs. Good times had by all...

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Sorry I missed your post before your trip I might could have helped you some .


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Re: Livingston help... [Re: DEWAYNE BULLARD] #13587807 06/08/20 11:16 PM
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I may hit you up next time we go to get some tips. We enjoyed it very much. It will not be the last time we visit Livingston.

But for now, this Saturday will be a trip to Whitney...

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Anytime if I can help I will .


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Re: Livingston help... [Re: Randywatts08] #13588531 06/09/20 03:07 PM
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It's hard to believe someone would leave Lake Whitney to fish Lake Livingston, but I guess changing it up a bit is always fun. Pine Island is a good "go to" for someone new to the lake. Its beautiful and if you're lucky you might see a couple bald eagles.

The fish are making their annual summer time transition to the mid lake area now, so if you come back you might want to hit the flats west of the Indian Hills peninsula. Good luck!

Re: Livingston help... [Re: Randywatts08] #13588606 06/09/20 04:07 PM
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Well, now that mid-lake area seems to be clear enough to fish, here are some tips for:

Fishing the Old 190 roadbed and bridges:
I assume you have a topo map of the lake. Locate old hwy 190. It goes all the way across the lake at mid-lake area. From west of Indian Hills point (which is on east side of lake) all the way to the west side of lake the top of the roadbed averages 12 to 14 ft deep with 20+ ft water on both sides. Whites can be any where along it but, the best fishing is on the submerged bridges and just off each end of them. There are 3 bridges east of the river channel and 4 bridges west of it. Find the roadbed a little west of Indian Hills Point then follow it west. From this point to the river channel the roadbed is in line with a large light blue building on the far west side. To find the bridges get on the roadbed shoulder (about 17 ft) and go toward the blue building keeping depth at 17 ft. When you come to a bridge the bottom will suddenly drop to 20+ feet (the creek the bridge goes over). The bridge structure is intact, so if you were on the right shoulder swing around to the left and go back and forth over the roadbed until you see the bridge. The bridges have rails on both sides 7-8 ft deep. The middle of the bridges is about 10 ft deep. Locate and set up at either end of the bridge and cast in 4 directions to find fish: down the roadbed, diagonally into the bar ditch to either side and down the middle of the bridge. Try not to let your lure land on the rails or it will likely get hung up. The whites hang out at end of bridges and within 2 to 3 ft of the rails on top of the bridge. You don't have to find them surfacing. They are down there. I fished Livingston for 25 years and now live on Cedar Creek. How good can it be? On one outing with my sister, she and I caught 110 whites from 7:30 am to 11:30 am in early July. On another trip a friend and I caught 206 from 7:45 am to about 1:30 pm in early August. Most were 13 to 14 inches and all caught working the bridges - none on surface feeding fish. The bridge on the river channel was dynamited when lake was created but there is a 20 yard section of it on the west side of river. Also, just west of the river channel bridge the roadbed turns about 10 degrees to the left as you are moving in western direction. Two-thirds of the way across the lake going west it turns about 5 degrees back right. There is one bridge in the section of roadbed after it turns left 10 degrees. It is called Hell's Half Acre. After roadbed turns back right 5 degrees there are two more bridges closer to the west end of roadbed..


"Rail fishing" for whites: You have to use the inline spinner (I use #2 Mepps with 3/16 oz mash-on weight about 14 inches up the line) technique for this to work. When fishing is slow, try "rail fishing". Locate a bridge and position the boat directly over one edge of it. You will be right over one rail and the other will be about 20 ft away running parallel to it. You can fish the rails 2 ways. The most productive way is to cast the inline spinner far enough to go over the opposite rail out into the deep water. Let it go to bottom then crank it back a few turns and let it go to bottom again. Crank it in some more and when the spinner gets close enough to the rail, you can feel the drag of the line coming over the rail. Keep cranking at a medium to medium fast speed so the spinner will not hook the rail. When the spinner clears the rail, you will feel a let-up on line tension (assuming a fish didn't latch on as it came over). Immediately release and let the bait drop just this side of the rail. When it hits the bottom, take up slack and crank several times as usual. If no bite, try a 2nd crank on top of bridge. You catch the most fish on the 1st crank this side of the rail. You will also catch a lot as spinner comes over top of rail and on 2nd crank after you come over rail.

The other way to rail fish is to make medium length cast down the bridge just inside the rail you are sitting over. Just work the inline spinner technique parallel to rail and on top of bridge close to the rail all the way back to boat. All the bridges (at Lake Livingston on Old 190) have in tact rails except the 1st one east of the river channel. The rails are OK on each end of it but the middle section of bridge is out.

My family and friends have been using this to catch whites since the early eighties. When fishing is really tough, you can usually catch them this way. Good luck and feel free to ask questions if I didn't explain it well enough.

Re: Livingston help... [Re: Dennis Christian] #13589246 06/10/20 01:02 AM
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Thanks for the info guys. We will be back. Enjoyed the lake very much. Actually went to visit some friends that have bought a house there and are planning to retire down there. I’m nowhere ready to retire but we are looking at a place to potentially invest in a lake house. Been to a few places that I wouldn’t care to live on, but we really enjoyed Livingston.

Chris, I saw your post on Whitney. Put the smack down on them. We have enjoyed catching quite a few stripers and sandies this year on Whitney. I haven’t caught the size you came up with but have caught some nice fish. I’m assuming you were using shad? I’m not really set up to live bait fish. Right now I’ve got a champion bass boat as up until last year I’ve really only largemouth bass fished. Do you think you can get that size fish with artificial consistently or no?

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