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4-Hour Bowfishing Trip

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Trophy Alligator Gar Bowfishing

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Fishing in Houston
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trip description for "Alpha" Alligator Gar Bowfishing in Houston

Head out with Mike for an awesome day of freshwater Gar bowfishing! Alligator Gar are one of the most distinctive looking fish you can find, and Mike is one of the best guides around to help you spear one. His success rate with these exciting monsters is as high as 90 percent! This Alligator Gar trophy hunting trip is designed for the individuals looking for a monster wallhanger. This all-inclusive trip features everything you need for the Gar trip of a lifetime—3 days of fishing, 2 nights of lodging and meals are all included, as well as pickup to and from the hotel, fishing locations and dining spots. On these 3 days of exciting fishing, Mike will motor you out on Lake Livingston in the morning where you'll be bowfishing for trophy-sized Alligator Gar for 8 hours, or until you get your fill! These 3 day trips will give you more than enough tremendous opportunities to connect on a trophy sized Alligator Gar. Plus it allows Mike to move to another location if one area has slowed down due to changes in weather and conditions. All bowfishing packages include equipment (let Mike know if you are a lefty or righty) & fish cleaning. Mike's boat holds 8 comfortably, so make sure to bring some good company! All deposits are final and non-refundable. However, if necessary you may reschedule your date or dates if needed due to unforeseen circumstances. Trips can also be extended at customers' request! Mike hunts anywhere in Texas. Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Houston

"Alpha" Alligator Gar Bowfishing

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1 - 4 People From $4,200
Fishing in Houston
Fishing in Houston
Fishing in Houston
trip description for 4-Hour Bowfishing Trip in Houston

This trip is great for beginner and advanced bowfishers! The goal of every trip is to put you on the fish in a safe and comfortable way, and having a great time all the while. Once you're on the boat, you'll be on the hunt for longnose gar, buffalo fish, spotted gar, tilapia and more. If there's a specific species you want to target, please let us know in the notes section at check out, so we can customize this trip as much as possible to you. Mark has spent time on pretty much every body of water in Texas, but if there's a special place you'd like to go or try, make note of that as well and he can accommodate. Sunscreen, snacks and drinks, and your fishing license is all you'll need to get your day started bowfishing with Mark, he'll supply the rest. However, if you'd like to bring your own bow set up, you are more than welcome! Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Houston

4-Hour Bowfishing Trip

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21 ft 1 - 8 People From $750
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trip description for Trophy Alligator Gar Bowfishing in Houston

Head out with Gar Master Mark for an awesome day of freshwater bowfishing! Alligator Gar are one of the most distinct fish you can find, and Mark is one of the best guides around to help you spear one. His success rate with these exciting monsters is as high as 90 percent! These hunts give you opportunities for several TROPHY Alligator Gar as well as many other legal species such as Small and Large Mouth Buffalo, Common Carp, Grass Carp, Tilapia, Shad, and all the other Gar species to name a few. Plus your fish will be prepped for your travel home or to the taxidermist. If you’re just coming for the meat Mark will be happy to clean and bag your filets for you. On these 6 to 7-hour trips, you and Mark will motor out on Lake Livingston where you'll be bowfishing for trophy-sized Alligator Gar. Learning how to aim can take some getting used to, as the water refracts the position of the fish (Mark will tell you all about it), but in general bowfishing is straightforward, even for beginners; Mark will get you to the prime spots to see some Gar! All bowfishing packages include equipment (let Mark know if you are a lefty or righty) & fish cleaning. Hunts can be day, night or both. Marks boat holds 8 comfortably, so make sure to bring some good company! Read More

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Trophy Alligator Gar Bowfishing

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Lake Livingston

What are the best fishing trips in Lake Livingston?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Lake Livingston with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 5 trips in Lake Livingston, and the most popular trips in the area are 4-Hour Bowfishing Trip guided by Mark, Trophy Alligator Gar Bowfishing guided by Mark, and "Alpha" Alligator Gar Bowfishing guided by Mark.

Our guides in Lake Livingston are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3197 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Lake Livingston? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Lake Livingston.

What types of fishing trips are common in Lake Livingston?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Lake Livingston as well as river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Lake Livingston are: 1. alligator gar, 2. carp, 3. smallmouth buffalo, and 4. tilapia.

The most common fishing techniques in Lake Livingston are bowfishing, cut bait fishing, and light tackle fishing.

How much does a Lake Livingston fishing trip cost?

in Lake Livingston prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $4,400, but the average price for a half day trip in Lake Livingston is $806. The average price for a full day trip in Lake Livingston is $2,794.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Lake Livingston?

The most popular season for fishing in Lake Livingston is fall, and most anglers book their trips 57 days in advance.

Do I need a Lake Livingston fishing license and what are the bag limits in Lake Livingston?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Lake Livingston, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Lake Livingston. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Lake Livingston.

What is fishing in Lake Livingston all about?

Fishing in Lake Livingston, located in East Texas, offers anglers a diverse and rewarding experience in one of the state's largest reservoirs. Spanning over 90,000 acres, Lake Livingston is renowned for its abundant fish populations and scenic beauty, making it a popular destination for both recreational and tournament anglers. The reservoir is home to a variety of freshwater species, including largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and white bass, providing anglers with plenty of opportunities for success throughout the year.

Largemouth bass fishing is particularly popular in Lake Livingston, with anglers targeting these prized gamefish along the reservoir's shoreline, submerged structure, and weed beds. Using a variety of techniques such as flipping, pitching, and topwater fishing, anglers can enjoy the thrill of hooking into trophy-sized bass while surrounded by the serene beauty of the lake. Whether fishing from a boat or casting from the shore, Lake Livingston offers anglers of all skill levels the chance to reel in some impressive catches.

In addition to bass fishing, Lake Livingston also provides excellent opportunities for catfish and crappie anglers. Catfish enthusiasts can target channel, blue, and flathead catfish using a variety of baits such as chicken liver, shad, and stink bait. Crappie fishing is also popular in the reservoir, particularly during the spring spawning season when these panfish congregate in shallow waters near submerged brush piles and vegetation. With its diverse range of fishing opportunities and scenic beauty, Lake Livingston promises anglers an unforgettable fishing experience in the heart of East Texas.

What are the most popular months to fish in Lake Livingston?

Fishing seasons in Lake Livingston, located in Texas, offer anglers a variety of opportunities throughout the year, influenced by the changing seasons and the lake's diverse ecosystem. Winter, from December through February, can bring colder temperatures to the region, but fishing remains productive. During this time, anglers can target species like crappie, catfish, and striped bass in the deeper waters of the lake. Crappie, in particular, are abundant in the winter months, often congregating around submerged structure and brush piles. Anglers targeting crappie typically use live bait such as minnows or jigs to entice these tasty panfish.

Spring, from March to May, marks the beginning of the prime fishing season in Lake Livingston. As temperatures rise, fish become more active, and the lake comes alive with activity. This season offers excellent opportunities for targeting largemouth bass, as they move into shallower waters to spawn. Anglers can also target species like white bass and hybrid striped bass, which are abundant in the lake's tributaries and river channels during the spring spawning runs. Additionally, spring is an excellent time for crappie fishing, with these panfish remaining active and feeding aggressively in preparation for spawning.

Summer and fall, from June through November, provide some of the best fishing of the year in Lake Livingston. The warmer months see an increase in fishing activity, with species like largemouth bass, catfish, and striped bass remaining abundant in the lake's waters. Summer is also an excellent time for targeting species like bluegill and sunfish, which can be found in shallow waters around structure and vegetation. Fall brings opportunities for targeting migrating species like white bass and crappie, which move into the lake's shallower waters in search of cooler temperatures and abundant food. Whether fishing from a boat or the shore, anglers in Lake Livingston can enjoy a productive and enjoyable fishing experience throughout the seasons.

What types of fishing are popular in Lake Livingston?

Fishing in Lake Livingston, one of Texas's largest reservoirs, offers anglers a variety of fishing experiences tailored to different preferences and techniques. Largemouth bass fishing is a favorite among anglers, with the reservoir's expansive waters providing ample opportunities to target these prized gamefish. Anglers often employ a range of techniques, including flipping, pitching, and topwater fishing, to entice bass from the lake's shoreline, submerged structures, and weed beds. Whether fishing from a boat or casting from the shore, Lake Livingston's bass population ensures plenty of excitement and the chance to reel in some impressive catches.

Catfish angling is another popular pursuit in Lake Livingston, with anglers targeting channel, blue, and flathead catfish using various baits such as chicken liver, shad, and stink bait. The reservoir's deep waters and abundant forage make it an ideal habitat for catfish, providing anglers with consistent action and the opportunity to reel in some hefty specimens. Whether fishing from a boat or along the shoreline, catfish fishing in Lake Livingston offers anglers a relaxed and enjoyable experience in a picturesque setting.

For those seeking panfish, Lake Livingston also offers excellent opportunities for crappie fishing. During the spring spawning season, crappie congregate in shallow waters near submerged brush piles and vegetation, making them easy targets for anglers. Using light tackle and live minnows or jigs, anglers can enjoy the challenge of hooking into these tasty panfish while taking in the scenic beauty of the reservoir. With its diverse range of fishing opportunities, Lake Livingston promises anglers of all levels a memorable and rewarding fishing experience in the heart of East Texas.

What species are popular in Lake Livingston?

Lake Livingston, nestled in Texas, offers anglers a diverse range of fish species to target throughout the year, making it a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. One of the most sought-after catches in the lake is the largemouth bass, known for its aggressive strikes and thrilling fights. Largemouth bass can be found in abundance in Lake Livingston, particularly around submerged structures, brush piles, and weed beds. Anglers often use a variety of techniques, including casting crankbaits, flipping jigs, and fishing topwater lures, to entice these prized gamefish.

In addition to largemouth bass, Lake Livingston is also home to a variety of other popular fish species. Crappie, with their delicious flesh and feisty fights, are abundant in the lake and provide excellent sport for anglers of all levels. These panfish can be found around submerged structure and brush piles, particularly during the cooler months of fall and winter. Catfish are another favorite target among anglers in Lake Livingston, with species like blue catfish and channel catfish being prevalent in the lake's deeper waters. Anglers targeting catfish often use bait such as cut bait, chicken liver, or stink bait, fished on the bottom using a variety of rigs.

Furthermore, Lake Livingston offers opportunities to catch species like white bass, hybrid striped bass, and bluegill. White bass and hybrid striped bass can be found in the lake's tributaries and river channels, particularly during the spring spawning runs. These hard-fighting fish provide exciting action for anglers casting jigs, spoons, and crankbaits. Bluegill, also known as bream or sunfish, are abundant in the lake and provide excellent sport for anglers of all ages. Whether targeting largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, or any of the other species in Lake Livingston, anglers are sure to enjoy an exciting and rewarding fishing experience in this scenic and productive fishery.

Does Lake Livingston have good fishing?

Lake Livingston, located in East Texas, is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities and scenic beauty, drawing anglers from across the state. As one of the largest reservoirs in Texas, spanning over 90,000 acres, Lake Livingston offers a diverse fishery that includes popular species such as largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, and striped bass. The lake's expansive waters and varied habitats, including submerged timber, shallow flats, and deep channels, provide ideal conditions for anglers of all skill levels to enjoy productive fishing year-round.

Fishing conditions on Lake Livingston vary with the seasons, influencing where and when certain species are most active. Spring and fall are typically prime times for bass fishing, as fish move into shallow waters to spawn or feed on baitfish. Anglers often find success using a variety of techniques such as crankbaits, jigs, and topwater lures along shoreline structures and drop-offs. Summer months see white bass and striped bass schooling in deeper sections of the lake, where trolling and live bait fishing can yield exciting catches. Winter can be productive for crappie and catfish, particularly around submerged brush piles and creek channels.

Beyond its fishing appeal, Lake Livingston offers anglers and outdoor enthusiasts a chance to explore the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of East Texas. The lake's shoreline is dotted with parks, campgrounds, and marinas, providing convenient access to fishing spots, boat launches, and amenities. Local fishing guides and bait shops are available to assist anglers with equipment, knowledge of local hotspots, and techniques to enhance their fishing experience on Lake Livingston. Whether you're fishing from a boat, kayak, or the shore, Lake Livingston promises memorable fishing adventures and a peaceful retreat into Texas' scenic countryside.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Very satisfied with the trip we did with Mark. He was very knowledge and worked hard to get us in the fish. Very personable with a great attitude, and the supplied gear worked great. Would not hesitate to book with him again!!!

    Jason H. with Mark M. of Houston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    For sure was not the trip of a lifetime nor worth all the money and extra expenses, didn’t end up shooting any hogs or seeing anything the first night nor did we get to even get to hunt hogs for the second night like planned due to weather however did have very friendly, accommodating and respectable guides all around.

    Leah A. with Mark M. of Houston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Mark is the outfitter every serious bowfisher wants. He won’t quit until he puts you on fish. Very very knowledgeable and a trip that we will never forget! We will be back!

    Kale G. with Mark M. of Houston, Texas

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