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.
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.
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.
Several reputable, experienced fishing guides are available for assistance on Lake Palestine.
Five public boat launches provide access to Lake Palestine. Read the detailed list of Lake Palestine public access facilities from TPWD.
More than a dozen private marinas, motels and campgrounds offer additional ramps and other services.
Photo of Texas Highway 155 bridge looking south between Dogwood City and Coffee City
Boat docks on Lake Palestine