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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.13
Water Temperature:
52 degrees






  Catfish tournament set at Lake Palestine
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, Tenn.
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 Lake Palestine.
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 catfish.”
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 fourth.
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 complex.
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 point.
“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 Waco.
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 that fish.
Campbell’s phone rang again a short time later. Jeremy Bruton of Blooming Grove had landed a 13.05-pounder from Richland-Chambers Reservoir.
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.


Upcoming games


March 14
MHS @ Spring Hill
KHS vs Quinlan Ford

March 15
EHS @ Commerce


March 18
KHS @ Crandall*

March 20
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS vs Ferris*

March 17
MHS g/b vs Lancaster* (g)
(end regular season)

*District contest

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