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Fishin with Chris
By Chris Wilkerson

Summertime is here in full force and the lake level has finally stabilized, he water has returned to a green color and everything is perfect for some hot summertime fishing.

The white bass fishing remains excellent on Lake Livingston. The best areas are mid lake and south to the dam. Main lake humps and ridges in 12 to 17 foot depths are producing best. On several recent guide trips we have landed over 200 white bass a day. The best lure is the Charlie slab in chartreuse and white. There is a lot of surface schooling occurring right now on the lake. The best time of the day is between 10am and 2pm, unfortunately in the hottest part of the day.

This is when the majority of the schooling is taking place. I have been asked a lot lately what is the best rod/reel line combo for white bass fishing. The slab spoon is a heavy lure, so the rod needs to be a medium action with some flexibility for jigging at the tip. The best reel is whatever you feel comfortable using. You will mainly be fishing in open water, so pin pointing a specific target is not essential. A for as the line size goes, 10lbs to 15lbs Berkley Big Game works the best. Occasionally you will hook into a large striper and you will want to be able to land him. My favorite rod/reel combo for whites is the Shimano/Curado bait cast reel spooled with 15lb Big Game.

On the much sought after black bass, there have been several large black over 7lbs caught and released during the pat month. It seems the hotter it gets the better the fishing is. There are a number of different patterns and baits being used to catch them right now.

We will start with the north lake areas, White Rock Creek, the Trinity River area, to the Hwy 19 bridge. There are numerous log- jams,laydowns, and feeder creeks in these areas. The logs are the favorite for the bass, fishing them correctly is the main key. When approaching a log, you will want to cast a chartreuse, blue black crankbait down the length of the log. This will almost always draw a strike from a hungry bass. The same technique can be used with a spinnerbait--make sure you cast on top of it and pull right next to the log. The logs located on a point and next to a feeder creek entrance will be the first to try.

Next, there is the log jams which consist of a group of logs and brush all piled up together where floods have pushed them. These areas are a magnet for bass. Unfortunately here it is not as quick and as easy. Most of the log jams in the river are to thick to fish with crankbaits. This type of structure must be fished with a Texas rig. The soft plastic worm, lizard or Cyclone tube will be the best bait. You will need to flipp or make a vertical drop into the heavy cover here. Watch your line-- any twitch, you will want to set the hook hard to try to get the bass out to the brush. Heavy line and a Falcon heavy action flipping rod is very essential here.

As we progress down to the South to the mud lake area, the water you will want to fish will be a little deeper. The midlake creeks are holding a lot of bass with a few larger ones mixed in. Boat docks provide shade from the sum and ambush points for bass to feed on bait. Boat docks with brush under them also attract bait fish. There are two ways to fish the boat docks, one is crankbaits and the other is flipping a jig.

During the summer months, the crankbaits are the most productive. You need to cast the crankbait down the length of the pilings. You will want to hit both sides, middle and back. Reel the crankbait by every piling on the dock. You can cover a lot of water this way. When you come upon a dock with submerged brush, youwill want to slow down and fish the Texas rigged worm or Cyclone hard head tube. Flipp it into the brush under the dock, then hit every piling. Ninety percent of the bites will come on the initial fall of these baits. So, drop it by a piling, jig it up and down twice, reel it back in and flipp it to the next piling. The most productive mid and south lake areas have been Indian Creek and Wolf Creek areas.

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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