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Fishing with Chris by CHRIS WILKERSON

It has been a great summer and fall season on Lake Livingston. We have had two good championships come to our lake, which brought a lot of people and a boost to the economy in the area.

The beginning of November brings on the start of deer season, so our great lake is virtually void of people. November has some of the best black bass fishing of the year producing some of the easiest bass fishing you will encounter.

The bass are now in a feeding frenzy, gorging themselves on shad and crawfish. They are stocking up on food to supply them with the energy they need during the dormant cold weather months of December and January.

Bass are cold-blooded animals, which means their movements and feeding habits are controlled by the temperatures of the water. Their body temperature stays the same as the water, the prime water temperature on Livingston is 55 to 75 degrees.

Humans are warm blooded which means our body temperature remains the same regardless of the outside temperature. That is why weather and water temperatures affect the fishing.

The best areas to fish in November are the very south lake areas. The State park, Indian creek and the rocks at the dam. The bass seem to migrate south during the fall and winter. The main river channel swings up right close to the State park which makes it my number one choice. The baits to use in this area are the mid-depth white crankbaits such as the Norman Middle N. You want to concentrate on the 5 to 7 foot depths with timber or brush.

You will also want to try a 1/2 ounce Cyclone white spinnerbiat with willow/colorado blade combination. If the bite slows down a black and blue jig with a pork chunk or a craw worm trailer pitched at timber and bank structure.

Go inside of the pockets and work your way all the way to the back. You will want to concentrate on the secondary points and brush. My best day of fishing ever on Lake Livingston came last November on a cold winter day. Water temperature was 56 degrees, air temperature was in the 40’s. We caught over 40 bass in the 3 to 4 pound range. All from inside the State park on a black and blue Cyclone jig with a Larew craw worm.

So get out and enjoy some cool weather and some great fishing on Lake Livingston.

You can visit my wed site at to get the most up to the minute lake level reports as well as information on upcoming events. 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 a call at 936-329-2750.

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