Lake Palestine was impounded in 1962 and is located on the Neches River in Texas. It is approximately 15 miles southwest of Tyler TX. It has 25,560 acres of water with a maximum depth of 58 ft. and a pool level of 345 ft.
Fishing Reports indicate that Largemouth Bass are the most popular on Lake Palestine, as indicated by the many tournaments held here. Crappie fishing is also good with live minnows and jigs fished in deeper water. Conditions change daily, so be sure to get the latest Lake Palestine fishing report when planning a fishing trip to Lake Palestine. Catfish are excellent to fish. You can do best by using stinky bait or cut bait. A trophy size catfish can be caught here.
It holds the following species; Largemouth bass rated good, Blue & channel catfish rated excellent, White & striped bass rated good, Crappie and Bluegill rated good.
Hydrilla is the main vegetation. Fish are more active during the fall, winter and spring months due to the cooler weather. Fish are active much longer during daylight hours and are normally found in shallow water early morning and late afternoon For active fish use, spinner baits and crank baits are most fisherman’s choice. A variety of watermelon plastic worms seems to work during the hot months in grass. Early top water baits or just about anything that floats work well. I normally fish Poppers, Prop Baits, Flukes, or just about any Stick Bait.
As with most Texas Lakes, cabins for rent are easy to find and are affordable. Check with various marinas and private campgrounds for availability. Be sure to make reservations well in advance and also make sure what is included with the rental. The cabin can come complete with everything you need, or it can be wilderness camping where you must bring your own linen and kitchen utensils.
Fishing Guides are licensed and are most knowledgeable and can put you on the fish and their prices are comparable to other lakes. Many lake marinas have their own fishing guides that work exclusively out of that marina. Again, book well in advance.
Lake Palestine Texas is probably one of the popular lakes in Texas. It has produced some trophy bass and catfish.