Lake Monticello: Lake Monticello water temperatures are hot, ranging from the mid-80s to 90. Lake levels generally fluctuate daily.
The offshore bass bite is still pretty good on Lake Monticello, and the best pattern remains unchanged from recent reports. However, tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that it is starting to get tougher out there. You can still catch fish on the deeper places, but instead of catching a bunch you now get 1 or 2 off a spot. They seem to be getting better educated as the summer goes on, probably because of the fishing pressure and just seeing so many lures. Fish that are related to brush seem to be a little more willing to consistently eat than ones that are just related to humps and long points.
There is still a topwater pattern first thing.
On the catfish front, Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that the fishing has turned around in addition to the mussel die-off being behind us the majority of the catfish spawn seems to be past. The best pattern is fishing around deep humps in the 45-65 foot range with fresh cut bait, be that perch, bream or gizzard shad.
The free-line drifting bite has also gotten good again, and should stay that way through August. Fish can be caught over 15-150 feet of water this way, and they could be over trees, humps, points or just out in the middle. Anglers need to study their graph to decide where to fish.