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Lake Palestine - 2013 Survey Report

Prepared by Richard A. Ott and Jacob D. Norman
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 40-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Lake Palestine were surveyed in 2013 using electrofishing and trap netting and in 2014 using gill netting. Anglers were surveyed from June 2013 through May 2014 with a creel survey. Historical data are presented with the 2013-2014 data for comparison. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir.

Reservoir Description

Lake Palestine is a 23,434-acre reservoir on the Neches River, Texas, built to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes, and recreation. Boat access is adequate, but public bank angler access is limited to public boat ramps or at bridge crossings (where parking is limited). None of the public boat ramps have facilities marked as handicap-specific, but the courtesy pier nearest the dam has guard rails making wheelchair accessibility possible. Overall coverage of submersed aquatic vegetation remains approximately 1%. No nuisance levels of exotic species were detected.

Management History

Important sport fishes include Blue, Channel, and Flathead Catfishes; Largemouth Bass; White Crappie and Black Crappie; White bass; and Palmetto Bass (White x Striped Bass). Florida Largemouth Bass stockings were conducted during 2008-2009 and again 2012-2013. Palmetto Bass stockings were conducted (at some level) most years since 2002. A revised Blue and Channel Catfish harvest regulation allowing 50 fish per day (of which no more than 5 could be greater than 20 inches) replaced the statewide regulation in September 2011. An aquatic vegetation introduction program was implemented in 2012; monitoring and maintenance continues annually.

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-4 Inland Fisheries Division Monitoring and Management Program

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