BLACK BASS ARE BACK

Black Bass fishing on Lake Livingston is back. For the last couple of years, fishing for Black Bass here just seems to be getting better and better. Tournament weigh-ins are as good as any popular bass fishing lake in Texas. Tournament results reported in the Texas Sportsguide Magazine reflect just how good the fishing has been here. Winners of local, state, national and club tournaments here proudly boast their winning weights. It is common to see five fish weights over 10 pounds. Weights of 13, 15, 17 and over 20 pounds have been winning tournaments recently.

This past year, I brought up the subject of great bass fishing on Livingston to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Fisheries biologist there have no concrete explanation for the resurgence in the fishing here, but never the less are equally excited. The stocking of fish here has continued for years, but what fish need for survival is habitat. Lake Livingston badly needs vegetation. Attempts to introduce much needed vegetation have been dismal.

Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist keeping an eye on Lake Livingston give credit to the improved fishing here to mother nature. Reflecting back on the past few years, Lake Livingston has endured several droughts and floods. These types of extremes in water levels produce flooded young vegetation creating the habitat that bass need to grow and reproduce. What mother nature has done in a few short years could not possibly be accomplished by the best efforts of man.

Lake Livingston is over 30 years old now. Most of the standing timber that was flooded in 1969 is now gone. The Black Bass fishing will never be like it was in the 1970s. That doesn't mean that the fishery here is not great. The powers of mother nature have blessed Lake Livingston with a resurgence of the Black Bass fishery. Now is the time to take advantage of the cyclick turns of nature. Realistically, if Lake Livingston remains at or near normal pool of 131 feet in the future for extended periods, bass habitat will die. There is no way to predict the future, but Lake Livingston Black Bass fishing is as good as I have seen it in many years. I believe the good ole days are now. Regular readers of tournament results in the Texas Sportsguide Magazine know just how good the Black Bass fishing is here on Lake Livingston. www.palmettoguideservice.com

Dave Cox of Palmetto Guide Service is a regular contributor to the Lake Livingston edition of the Texas Sportsguide.  This article has previously appeared in that publication.


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