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Fishing With Chris
by Chris Wilkerson

The weather in East Texas this year has been far from stable. We have experienced a very cold winter with a lot of rain. Just as Lake Livingston had begun to stabilized, and the water began to clear up, we had a tropical storm to pass through our area. This caused our lake to rise very quickly and the water nudged up just as fast. There has been a heavy flow of new water and a heavy release at the dam. The water should stabilized and begin to clear soon.

The white bass fishing is excellent right now. Many limits are being caught, and they have now moved to a summer pattern. The best areas are mid-lake, south, the 190 roadbed, Walker's Lake, and around Pine Island. The slab spoon and chartreuse jigged slowly off the bottom is the bait of choice. When the water clarity clears, a white or silver slab will produce well. There is always surface schooling activity through out the day. You can really load the boat fast when you find them schooling.

On the black bass fishing, fluctuating water level has a definite effect on the black bass fishing. There are several variables that effect the water level on Lake Livingston. Local wide spread rains will cause the lake to rise. Heavy rains as far north as Dallas can cause the lake level to rise which often takes weeks to arrive. The release at the dam also has an effect on the water level. It is very important to know the lake level and is it rising or falling when planning your fishing strategy.

When the water is on the rise and steady above normal, you will need to fish bank shallow. There will be a lot of flooded vegetation normal not covered with water. You will need to cover a lot of water. The bass will be scattered but very shallow.

The Cyclone spinnerbait willow leaf/Colorado blade combination is the lure of choice. The Cyclone spinnerbait is a very weed less bait and will come through the flooded vegetation. The flooded reed grass will also be a great place to locate the bass, not just on the outside edge but inside and the backside. The bait of choice here will be the Cyclone tube. Here you will need to get up close to the reeds and drop the tube down into the reeds. Ninety percent of the bites will come on the fall. The lightest weight possible to still penetrate the reeds--the 3/16 ounce is the best choice here. In clear water you will wait to use a watermelon color. A Falcon 7 foot heavy action rod is the best choice to pull the bass out of the heavy cover.

When the lake level begins to fall, the bass will know it. They do not want to be left high and dry. They will first move to the outside edge of the vegetation. Here you want to use the same patterns. As the lake begins to get back to its normal level, the bass will move back to the wood cover. Stumps, logs, brush piles, and boat docks will be what you will want to concentrate on.

The best producing lures for summertime, stable patterns are the buzz bait early morning and late evenings. Then as the sum comes out, the crankbaits, jigs, and worms will be the best producing baits. The north end of the lake has been producing the biggest bass this year. The best areas have seem to be in White Rock creek, Carolina creek, and the river areas. There are large amounts of bass mid lake and south but not the quality as of the north areas have been producing.

So always remember before you head out on your next trip to make sure you evaluate the water levels and it's current conditions to plan for a successful trip. For up to the minute water levels and releases. You can visit my website at www.texasproguide.com and click on lake levels. I also run a professional guide service on Lake Livingston and Lake Sam Rayburn. I can meet each and every need from instructional fishing to the tournament level, you can give me call at (936) 329-2750. As always, these trip are great ideas for you and you family, and especially the kids.

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