:Lake Monticello: Catfish: Fair. Fishing for big fish is slow overall, mainly because fish are at various stages of the spawn. Scarred up males, laid-out females and females busting with eggs are typical right now. Some of the best reports have been from anglers anchored around mussel beds in 5-25 feet of water. Post-spawn fish typically like to feed on mussels because they provide an easy meal for recovering fish. Using small pieces of cut bait about the size of a mussel is a good option. A few large fish are also being caught around deep, open water humps when current from the hydroelectric station is flowing over them.