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 on Lake Palestine. 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 on Lake Palestine. You can do best by using stinky bait or cut bait. A trophy size catfish can be caught here.
Lake Palestine holds the following species; Largemouth bass rated good, Blue & channel catfish rated excellent, White & striped bass rated good, Spotted bass, Crappie and Bluegill.
Hydrilla is the main vegetation on Lk Palestine. 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 on Lk Palestine, 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, Lake Palestine Cabins for rent are easy to find and are quite affordable. Check with various marinas and private campgrounds for availability. Be sure to make reservations well in advance on Lake Palestine. 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 on Lake Palestine 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. You should have a great time on Lake Palestine Texas.
The Lake Palestine water is slightly stained with the water temperature at 51–58 degrees F, with the lake around 0.67' above pool level. The Largemouth bass are only fair on Rat L Traps, Carolina rigs and crank baits. The Crappie fishing is fair to good on live minnows or jigs. The Hybrid striper fishing is only fair on live shad and Sassy-Shad. White bass fishing is good on slabs and live minnows. Catfish fishing is only fair on prepared-bait and chartreuse night-crawlers with Worm Glo.