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Lake Palestine - 2021 Survey Report

Prepared by Jacob Norman and David R. Smith
Inland Fisheries Division - Tyler South District

This is the authors' summary from a 41-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Palestine were surveyed in 2021 using electrofishing and in 2022 using lowfrequency electrofishing and gill netting. Anglers were surveyed with a creel survey from June 2021 through May 2022. Historical data are presented with the 2021–2022 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Lake Palestine is a 25,560-acre impoundment located on the Neches River approximately 15 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas. Water level has remained within 3 feet of conservation pool since 2012. Lake Palestine has high productivity. Habitat features consisted of standing timber, rocks, aquatic vegetation, and boat docks.

Management History

Important sport fish include White Bass; Hybrid Striped Bass; Largemouth Bass; White and Black Crappie; and Blue, Channel, and Flathead Catfish. The management plan from the 2017 survey report included stocking Hybrid Striped Bass at 10 fish/acre every year and Florida Largemouth Bass annually at 1,000/km of shoreline. Channel and Blue Catfish were intensively sampled in 2022 as part of a statewide effort to characterize important catfish fisheries as well as conduct a gear evaluation of TPWD standardized gill net surveys. A revised trophy Blue and Channel Catfish harvest regulation allowing 25 fish per day (of which no more than five could be greater than 20 inches, and one could be greater than 30 inches) replaced the Blue and Channel catfish regulation on Lake Palestine in September 2021.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-221-M-3 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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