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Date 01-Sep-17
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Conditions : Lake Monticello: Local ngler Chris Van Duren at Lucky’s of Monticello said the city’s drawdown process has begun; the Monticello city council voted down the AGFC’s proposal to completely draw down the lake for repairs, but will draw it down partially for some work to be done to restore the habitat. Water is low right now, Chris informs. Largemouth bass can be found in shallow water and the bite is good. Use a plastic worm. White bass are schooling and will hit fair on shallow-running crankbaits. There were no reports on other species. The water is clear and the surface temperature was reading 83 degrees.

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About: - Located off Ark. 35 about five miles northwest of Monticello. Lake Monticello is a 1,520-acre impoundment that opened for fishing in 1997. It is owned by the city of Monticello and its fishery is overseen by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, which is managing the lake to produce trophy largemouth bass. A recent catch was documented as the fourth-biggest largemouth ever caught in the state.

Fishing: Sportfish found in the lake include crappie, bream and catfish. Available facilities include two picnic areas with concrete boat ramps and courtesy docks.

Misc Info: - Largemouth bass from 19 inches to 22 inches long must be released immediately.

Largemouth bass daily limit is eight, only one of which may exceed 22 inches.

No limit on white bass and hybrid striped bass.

Because of mercury contamination, pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, women who are breast-feeding, and children under age seven should not eat flathead catfish, blue catfish or largemouth bass longer than 12 inches.

Others should not eat flathead catfish or blue catfish longer than 15 inches, or largemouth bass longer than 16 inches, or more than two meals per month of largemouth bass shorter than 16 inches. Other fish may be eaten without restriction.

Use of common carp as bait is prohibited.

Crappie daily limit is 20.

From March 1-Nov. 30, crappie must be 10-inches long to keep.

From Dec. 1-Feb. 28, the minimum length on crappie is waived and anglers may take 20 crappie per day. No culling is allowed on crappie, and the first 20 caught must be kept.

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