I posted this over on FB, meant to put it here, too. I went over to this small lake, about 237 acres I believe, launched Super Bowl mid-morning, fished 4 hours. I caught a nice bass, my best of the day . . . on my first cast about 50 yds away from the launch, 3.5 lbs. or maybe close to 4. Then, I had some luck over by the dam, caught the one in the photo attached below in the 2.5 to 3 lbs. range. I thought I had a monster but it turned out that I had my drag set really loose. Ha!
I think this little lake used to have a better reputation, then the grass was killed off. I think I read that it is more of a panfish diet here for LMBs, not so much a big shad lake, so usually this means it fishes like a large stock tank. That was my impression.
I used dark blue plastics since the water is not really clear. Lake vegetation like we have on Athens filters the water to a clearer state. This lake lacks that but I don't mean to say it is dingy water, just a bit darker.
Since the water is still cold, I threw only finesse stuff: a wacky rig, a T-Rig, maybe one other. All on the bottom. I'd take some other lures next time to work different areas in the water column. I would like to cast a Keitech small shad bait around, maybe even a spinnerbait.
No fee for kayakers, very little traffic on this day, maybe 3 boats and me in my kayak, a few bank fisherman. Nice parking area in full view, easy places to launch either from the ramp or off to either side.
I sure wish I had some electronics. One angler was in a jon boat and was motoring around at idle looking for schools. I assume he knew more about the lake than I did. I don't know if he spotted them or not.
I'll likely go back soon, even possibly Saturday as this day seems to be setting up to be the warmest.
Too, the north end of Lake Palestine looks super enticing. Lots of things in the water (old bridge abutments, timber, etc.) so bigger boats generally stay to the south. It'd be great for kayaks up there where the river and creeks feed in.
And, white bass will be pushing up into the Neches River pretty soon. The males are likely starting already to do so. But, it is heavily bank fished. I need to look on a map and see if it could be fished from moving in from the main lake. Might be a long trip, not sure.