Stretching 18 miles in length, Lake Palestine offers a variety of fishing locations, from wide open deep water, to secluded spots in coves and bays.
The lake is very popular for largemouth bass tournaments due to its consistent success.
Both white bass and hybrid striped bass are present; white bass are particularly popular during their spring run up the Neches River and Kickapoo Creeks.
Channel and blue catfishes are abundant and flathead catfish provide great opportunity for trophy-sized fish. Crappie are plentiful, and Black-Nose Crappie are also caught.
The main crossing of Texas Highway 155 across Lake Palestine is the bridge (see photograph below) between Dogwood City and Coffee City.
Most vegetation and underwater trees are above the Highway 155 bridge in the main lake, Highsaw and Ledbetter arms, in Kickapoo and Neches River arms and in Flat Creek.
|State Highway 155 Bridge Over Lake Palestine|
Reputable, experienced fishing guides are available for assistance on Lake Palestine and other area lakes. Listed below are some ... this website has no affiliation with these; always do your own research in selecting a guide.
Stocking fish at Lake Palestine
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocks Lake Palestine on a regularly basis.
Lake Palestine is being stocked with Palmetto bass, a cross between a striped bass female and a while bass male.
The state has also been working with a Sunshine bass, the reverse cross from the Palmetto, which shows promise for warmer water reservoirs. Palmettos have been known to live about 20 years.
In 2023, Texas Parks & Wildlife stocked 209,000 Sunshine Bass fingerlings, along with 346,000 Lone Star Bass. In 2021, 352,000 Florida Largemouth Bass were stocked.
Lake Palestine has shown signs of a renewed vigor for the last three or four years, after being known as perhaps the finest bass lake in Texas in the years after it opened. The recent upswing in good fishing comes from the lake's drawdown during the 2005-06 drought.
The drawdown was nearly 5' and allowed vegetation to grow where it normally had not, creating new spawning habitats. Then, 2 million Florida bass were stocked in the lake between 1997-2005, followed by another million-plus stocking of the same species in 2008-09.
A valid Texas fishing license is required for any person age 17k and older to fish in Lake Palestine. Licenses can be purchased online, at local sporting goods stores, or from fishing tackle shops. Bag limits, size restrictions, and seasonal regulations are set for varying fish species.
More than a dozen private marinas, motels and campgrounds offer additional ramps and other services, including the following:
In addition, five public boat launches provide access to Lake Palestine.
Detailed list of Lake Palestine public access facilities, boat docks, and marinas.
|Photo courtesy of Flat Creek Marina & RV Camping|
Each year a number of fishing tournaments are held on Lake Palestine.
|Photos courtesy of Freshwater Fishing Adventures|