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.


Live Bait

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.

Punch Bait

Flat Creek store carries punch bait.  We carry Stubby, Catfish Charlie, Danny King’s, and Magic Bait.

Other Baits

  • 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!

Hunting & Fishing Licenses Sold Here

You can find information about the types of fish and Lake Palestine information at the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.  And, for the most current Lake Palestine Fishing Report, go to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Lake Characteristics

Surface area: 25,560 acres
Maximum depth: 58 feet
Impounded: 1962

Water Conditions

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

Aquatic Vegetation

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

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 Regulations

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
(903) 876-2237