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White Bass Run Beginning

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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: tomdoglover29@aol.com




The annual migration of the white bass, or also known as sand bass on Lake Texoma is beginning.


White bass from Lake Palestine are beggining their annual spawning run up the rivers and streams that feed into Lake Palestine.


Mostly smaller males lead the way. Typically by early February the males will begin to gather up in larger schools. River bends and deeper holes with less current will usually hold these larger schools of males. Once the larger females start to show up the catch rates skyrocket.


A limit of 25 fish can be caught in a matter of minutes once the fish are enmass in the rivers or streams. By the end of April the activity will wind down and the remaining fish will head back downstream.


The recent high lake levels might make it a little more difficult harder to find the white bass. Any confluence of two tributaries will be a great spot to start. The migrating fish need running water to spawn.


Check on the downstream side of sandbars or the any deeper holes or eddies that schools can stage up in while waiting for others.


Best bait choices include Roadrunners by Blakemore, or any small inline spinner bait. Beetle spins, small crankbaits and crappie jigs will all work well. White bass won’t turn down minnows, small crawfish and night crawlers.


Color choice is based on water clarity. White or Chartreuse if the water is clear to stained and darker colors if the water color is stained to muddy.


Photo courtesy of TPWD


 




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Lake Palestine Weather Forecast

Wednesday

Becoming Sunny

Hi: 57

Wednesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 40

Thursday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 54

Thursday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 48

Friday

Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 65

Friday Night

Thunderstorms Likely

Lo: 60

Saturday

Thunderstorms

Hi: 69

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 43


Lake Palestine Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 2/20: 345.62 (+0.62)



Lake Palestine Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 20)

Water lightly stained; 49–53 degrees; 0.65’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines.