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Livingston Reservoir - 2007 Survey Report

Prepared by Jeff Henson and Mark Webb
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-E, Bryan, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 35-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Livingston were surveyed in 2007 using electrofishing, and in 2008 using trap netting and gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2007 to May 2008 with a roving creel survey. 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 impoundment on the Trinity River in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, and Walker Counties, Texas. Lake Livingston was constructed in 1969 by the Trinity River Authority (TRA) and the City of Houston to provide water for municipal, agricultural, and industrial purposes. There is considerable private and commercial real estate development, as well as Lake Livingston State Park and several TRA public parks, around the lower two-thirds of the reservoir.

Management History

All sport fisheries at Lake Livingston are regulated under statewide length and bag limits, with the exception of the bag limit (50/angler/day) for channel and blue catfish. Striped bass fingerlings are stocked annually, and the tailrace provides TPWD hatcheries brood-stock for striped bass and palmetto bass production. The primary management challenges are heavy silt loading and infestations of the noxious exotic plants water hyacinth and water lettuce. Florida largemouth bass were stocked periodically.

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-30-R-33 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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