Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
Catfish tournament set at Lake
Special to The Monitor
LAKE PALESTINE–The week before Christmas, Mike Weeks of
East Texas Fishing had one of those weeks that fishermen dream about.
On the Monday, he was guiding Kim Dennis on Lake Palestine when she
caught a 55-pound catfish. Tuesday, he caught a 65-pound catfish.
Wednesday, his group caught two 30-pounders and one 40-pounder.
Thursday, he caught a 50-pound catfish, along with catfish weighing 15,
30 and 40 pounds.
Friday, Weeks caught his personal best, a 70-pounder.
Weeks took pictures of all these fish, put them on a disc, and sent the
disc to Richard Crisman of Danny King Catfish Bait. Crisman was so
excited to see the fish that he sent them to Ken Freeman in Selmer,
Freeman, chief executive officer of Ken Freeman Outdoor Promotions,
produces catfish fishing tournaments all across the South, and the
pictures of Weeks’ fish made him want to stage a catfish tournament on
Larry Paxton of Lake Palestine Resort and Weeks of East Texas Fishing
announced a Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Tournament will be held
Saturday, March 29, on Lake Palestine.
The one-day tournament, held in conjunction with the Lake Palestine Area
Chamber of Commerce, will be produced by Freeman and will have more than
$20,000 in prizes to be won by catching catfish, including $1,000 an
hour for the four biggest fish weighed in that hour at the tournament
headquarters, Lake Palestine Resort.
Weeks said that the tournament recognizes Lake Palestine as one of the
best catfish lakes in Texas.
“For quantity, it’s the best,” Weeks said. “For quality, Richland
Chambers Lake used to be the best, but it has fallen off because it has
been fished so much. Lake Palestine is right up there with the best for
Having the tournament in late March, Weeks said, will allow fishermen to
hook bigger fish than can be done in the summer tournaments because of
the oxygen levels in the lake.
In March, Weeks said, fishermen can snare the big catfish that will be
feeding near the banks all day long where in the summer, catfish are
caught more at night.
The tournament will begin at 6 a.m. and fish to 4 p.m. with $1,000
awarded hourly from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The biggest fish will earn $400 for
that hour, followed by prizes of $300, $200 and $100.
A Tracker boat will go to the biggest fish of the day, along with prize
money of $1,000 for first, $750 for second, $500 for third, and $250 for
Entry fees will be $100 per fisherman, with a senior citizen discount of
$50. Kids under 17 are free with a paid adult.
For information, call Lake Palestine Resort at (903) 876-2253 or East
Texas Fishing at (903) 876-2381, or go to
Kemp boxes Foxes, 9-1
Monitor Staff Reports
CADDO MILLS–Behind a dominating performance by Nick Sallings, Kemp’s
Yellowjackets knocked off the hosting Caddo Mills Foxes 9-1 Tuesday.
Now 10-3 on the season, the ’Jackets were scheduled to host Quinlan
Ford’s Panthers Friday in their final non-district game, which also
marked the grand opening of Kemp High School’s new baseball/softball
The ’Jackets will open District 13-3A baseball play at home against the
Eustace Bulldogs Tuesday, March 18.
Thursday, March 20, the Kemp boys will travel to Crandall and then
return home to host the Kaufman Lions Tuesday, March 25, with game time
set at 6:30 p.m. for each contest.
At Caddo Mills Tuesday, Sallings went the distance for the win, giving
up just two hits and racking up 16 strikeouts – eight in a row at one
“I thought Nick did an excellent job of getting ahead of hitters,” new
’Jacket coach Cody Ross said. “He got in some trouble in the middle
innings, but was able to work out of it.”
Sallings and Dudley Chambers each went 2-for-4 at the plate, with
Sallings nailing a double and bringing in two runs.
Josh Carr also added a double.
“Our defense has been sharp lately, and we’re starting to get the timely
hitting we’ve been missing,” Ross added. “That’s a good sign your ball
club is getting better.”
Richland Chambers, Lake Fork
produce 3 ShareLunkers
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Three lakes produced Budweiser ShareLunkers Sunday – Amistad,
Richland-Chambers and Waco.
Lake Fork sent its first fish of the season to Athens Monday night, and
its second Tuesday.
The Lake Waco fish was the first ShareLunker from that lake and the
heaviest largemouth bass reported from there.
Caught by Ricky Culverhouse of Waco while fishing in a Robinson Bass
Club tournament, the fish weighed 13.87 pounds and was 25.5 inches long
and 21.5 inches in girth.
Since 1971, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) has stocked
400,000 largemouth bass and 543,496 Florida largemouth bass into Lake
The previous Lake Waco record largemouth bass weighed 12.89 pounds and
was caught in 1996.
Culverhouse caught the fish on a black-and-red flake Baby Brushhog in
about six feet of water. He had cast to the same area half a dozen times
before he felt a tick on the line and set the hook.
“She took off like a bull,” he said. “I told my partner, ‘I don’t know
what kind of fish I have, but it’s a fish.’ When I got her in, she came
to the top and rolled, and then I knew it was a bass.”
While dealing with that fish, ShareLunker program manager David Campbell
got a call from Chris McEntyre of Devine, who had landed a 13.39-pounder
from Lake Amistad.
McEntyre’s fish was 26 inches long and 20 inches in girth. A truck was
dispatched from the A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery in San Marcos to pick up
Campbell’s phone rang again a short time later. Jeremy Bruton of
Blooming Grove had landed a 13.05-pounder from Richland-Chambers
The fish was 25.25 inches long and 22 inches in girth. Bruton was using
a Stanley Wedge spinner bait in three to four feet of water. He was
fishing in a Richland-Chambers Bass Club tournament.
Bruton’s fish was the fourth Budweiser ShareLunker entry from
Richland-Chambers. TPWD has stocked 3.992 million Florida largemouth
bass fingerlings in the lake since 1988.
Monday evening, Cal Lamb of Forney pulled a 13.02-pounder from Lake
Fork. Lamb was fishing about eight feet deep among stumps when the fish
took his jig. The fish was 25 inches long and 21 inches in girth.
Tuesday morning, Brian Siebenmorgen, a member of the Tie One On Bass
Club from Eureka, Mo., near St. Louis, found himself a ShareLunker,
after years of he and other club members “kidding around” about catching
a ShareLunker fish.
Fishing in 10 feet of water with a waterdog, Siebenmorgen set the hook
on what shortly became Budweiser ShareLunker No. 448. The 13.29-pound
bass was 25 inches long and 20.75 inches in girth.
“I can’t believe I am a member of the ShareLunker program,” Siebenmorgen
said. “It’s a great program. The fish lives on to make babies, and I’ll
have a mount on my wall. Once a year we (club members) come to Texas,
and we love it.”
Siebenmorgen’s fish is the 238th entry into the ShareLunker program from
Lake Fork. While that body of water has produced more than half the
entries, others have come from 54 other public reservoirs and more than
a dozen private lakes.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or larger largemouth bass from Texas
waters, public or private, between Oct. 1 and April 30 may loan or
donate the fish to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for use in a
selective breeding program.
To enter a fish, page program manager David Campbell at (888) 784-0600
and call him at (903) 681-0550. Keep trying until you speak to Campbell
personally. Fish will be picked up anywhere in Texas.
The Budweiser ShareLunker program is made possible through support from
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Since 1991, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, has contributed millions of dollars
in funding to support conservation causes and fishing, hunting and
outdoor recreation programs in Texas.
MHS @ Spring Hill
KHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS @ Commerce
MHS vs EHS*
KHS @ Crandall*
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS vs Ferris*
MHS g/b vs Lancaster* (g)
(end regular season)