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Lake Info: Palestine, Texas


Location: On the Neches River, 15 miles southwest of Tyler on Texas 155
Impounded: 1962

Water Conditions

Conservation Pool Elevation: 345 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2.2 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Upper Neches River Authority
PO Box 1965
Palestine, Texas 75802
(903) 876-2237

Aquatic Vegetation

Hydrilla and native submergent, emergent and floating plants; moderate in upper end and creek arms, particularly in Kickapoo Creek

Facilities and Parks: 

Five public boat launches provide access to Lake Palestine. More than a dozen private marinas, motels and campgrounds offer additional ramps and other services.

Fishing Description: 

Angling Opportunities

Lake Palestine offers something for everyone in terms of a fishery. 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.

Fishing Cover/Structure

Most vegetation and inundated timber are located above the Texas Highway 155 bridge in the main lake, Highsaw and Ledbetter arms, in Kickapoo and Neches River arms and in Flat Creek. Anglers have placed brush piles in many locations between the dam and the bridge; these can be found using graph recorders. The bridge itself provides excellent structure on the main crossing between Dogwood and Coffee Cities and over Highsaw/Ledbetter creeks.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Hybrid stripers and white bass are particularly active from the dam to Highway 155 during winter months and into spring. Largemouth bass anglers report greatest success in the upper end of the lake (above the pipeline), in Cobb and Stone Chimney creeks, and Saline Bay. Catfish anglers frequently drift fish with worms or chicken livers between Hawn point (at the mouth of Flat Creek) to the Highway 155 bridges, and will catch more legal sized fish if they target blue catfish using live fish or cut fish as bait. Crappie anglers do well near 155 during the spring with small jigs or minnows.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Crouch Bait & Tackle
  • 1926 Fm-315 - Chandler, TX
  • (903) 849-4920
    Wilkerson Gro Bait & Tackle
  • New Salem - Henderson, TX
  • (903) 854-9453

Boat Rental

    White Oak Boats & Motors
  • 1801 E Us-80 - White Oak, TX
  • (903) 297-1800
    Boat House
  • 9928 S Us Highway 287 - Corsicana, TX
  • (903) 875-1500

Vacation Rental

    Silver Leaf Resorts
  • Rr 1 - Bullard, TX
  • (903) 894-8102
  • 23202 Gatlin Rd - Frankston, TX
  • (903) 876-4607

Bar and Restaurant

    Stamps Restaurant & Bar
  • 402 E Rusk St - Jacksonville, TX
  • (903) 589-3646
    Texas BBQ
  • 18776 Us-69 S - Tyler, TX
  • (903) 839-7964
    Hickory Fare Bar-B-Que
  • - Tyler, TX
  • (903) 561-8881

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