Lake Palestine Crappie are fantastic. Black Bass are in the shallows, and Catfish are always good. Our fishing guides and frequent anglers say Lake Palestine is perfect because it’s not overfished or crowded. Flat Creek Marina & RV Camping has a great boat launch and is situated for the best visual experience on the lake.
Because of the amazing fishing, the Flat Creek store caters to fishermen and campers. We stock live bait. Minnows are our number one seller. We carry black saltys and worms. In addition, we stock frozen baits such as liver, hearts, shad, and shrimp. If you are planning to make a large or group purchase of live bait, call ahead and we will ensure we have your order ready!
Plastic / Soft Bait
We carry plastic baits! Flat Creek focuses on locally owned businesses and balance that with a selection of popular brands. Our locally owned brands are Crappie Assassin Bait and BoneHead Tackle. We also carry brands like Panfish Assassin, Zoom Bait Company, Strike King Lure Company, and YUM – all made in the U.S.A.
Flat Creek store carries punch bait. We carry Stubby, Catfish Charlie, Danny King’s, and Magic Bait.
Single and Double Spinner Baits by H&H, Strike King, FJ Neil Co.
Crappie Jigs by Lindy and FJ Neil Co.
Slabs/Spoons with Treble Hooks by FJ Neil Co and Bomber.
Flat Creek Store carries a variety of fishing poles, hooks, minnow dip nets, large nets, minnow buckets, stringer, wire baskets, life jackets and floating seat cushions, fishing line, bobbers, bobber stoppers, fishing knives, electric fishing knives, sinkers, etc. We even have a scale to weigh your largest catch!
Surface area: 25,560 acres
Maximum depth: 58 feet
Conservation Pool Elevation: 345 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2.2 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately Clear
Hydrilla and native submergent, emergent and floating plants; moderate in upper end and creek arms, particularly in Kickapoo Creek
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.
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.
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.
Tips & Tactics
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.
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Upper Neches River Authority
PO Box 1965
Palestine, Texas 75802