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Livingston Reservoir - 2011 Survey Report

Prepared by Michael Homer, Jr. and Mark Webb
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-E, Bryan, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 33-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Livingston were surveyed in 2011 using electrofishing and trap netting and by gill netting in 2012. Anglers were surveyed from June 2011 through May 2012 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 mainstream impoundment on the Trinity River in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, and Walker Counties, Texas. Constructed in 1969 by the Trinity River Authority (TRA) and the City of Houston, the reservoir has provided water for municipal, agricultural, and industrial purposes. Private and commercial real estate development, as well as Lake Livingston State Park and several TRA public parks, are present in 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 fish/angler/day) for channel and blue catfish. Striped bass fingerlings are stocked annually. The tailrace provides TPWD hatcheries with brood-stock for striped bass and palmetto bass production. Primary management challenges include heavy silt loading and management of the invasive aquatic plants giant salvinia, water hyacinth, and water lettuce. Florida largemouth bass are stocked periodically.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Statewide length and bag limits will continue to be used to regulate sport fish harvest. Cooperative efforts with the TRA will continue to address invasive aquatic vegetation issues.

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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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