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Live Well Not Big Enough


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

East Texas has become famous for its winter trophy blue catfish fishing, with Lake Palestine ranking number two behind Lake Tawakoni. Robert Holloway recently caught a 48.2 pound lake rod and reel record from Lake Palestine.

Fishing four poles Holloway was about to call it a day when the fish took the bait. He reported the fish went down, but it didn’t stay down like normal. The big Blue swam to the left 80 yards out and then did a 180-degree turn to the other side of the boat and got in the anchor line. Fishing alone it took him several minutes to land the big fish, realizing that neither his net nor his live well were big enough for a fish that was 45.5 inches long and 31.75 inches in girth. His previous big blue catfish was a 32-pounder.

March, April and May are all good catfish catching months, but March and April have been his best months. He attributes it the warming water temperature, switching to drift fishing.

When he caught his record fish he was sitting in 7 feet of water and fishing only 3- to 4-feet deep. Holloway only uses 25-pound monofilament line in case he is drifting and needs to break off. He does use a 50-pound leader the last two feet to a No. 7 circle hook, a style he uses because of the hook-up success over the years.

Photo courtesy Robert Holloway


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Lake Palestine Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 91

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 74


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 93

Friday Night


Lo: 73


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 94

Saturday Night


Lo: 74


Partly Sunny

Hi: 94

Sunday Night

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Lo: 75

Lake Palestine Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/4: 345.16 (+0.16)

Lake Palestine Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 3)

EXCELLENT. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.27’ high. Largemouth bass are good working TEXAS rigged craws, swimbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows around bridges and marinas in 12-25’. Hybrid stripers are very good on slabs and live bait. White bass are excellent on swimbaits and slabs in 25-45’. Look for birds diving over feeding schools. Catfish are excellent on cut shad, chicken livers, and prepared baits.