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Livingston Reservoir - 2020 Survey Report

Prepared by Todd Driscoll and Dan Ashe
Inland Fisheries Division
Jasper District, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 40-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Livingston were surveyed in 2020 using electrofishing and 2021 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from June through August 2020 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2020-2021 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Livingston is an 83,277-acre mainstream impoundment on the Trinity River in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, and Walker counties. The reservoir was constructed in 1969 by the Trinity River Authority (TRA) and the City of Houston for municipal, agricultural, and industrial purposes. In cooperation with the TRA and the City of Houston, East Texas Electric Cooperative operates a hydroelectric facility at the dam (construction completed in June 2020). Private and commercial real estate development, Lake Livingston State Park, and several TRA public parks are present around the lower half of the reservoir. Primary fish habitat is standing timber, woody debris, and boat docks.

Management History

Important sport fish include catfishes, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, and crappies. All recreational fisheries have been regulated with statewide length and bag limits, except for the bag limit for Blue and Channel Catfish (50 fish/day; commercial harvest is allowed) and the 48-inch maximum length limit for Alligator Gar. The management plan from the 2016 survey report recommended continued support for the Friends of Lake Livingston (FoLL) Friends of Reservoirs chapter littoral vegetation restoration efforts. Since 2013, FoLL, in cooperation with 8 independent school districts and numerous other partners, has propagated and introduced approximately 35,000 water willow plants at 20 sites throughout the reservoir. Striped Bass are stocked annually to provide TPWD hatcheries a source of broodfish for temperate bass production. Primary management challenges include siltation and habitat loss, and control of invasive species, primarily giant salvinia and water hyacinth.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-2 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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