Lake Monticello: Lake Monticello water temperatures range from the lower to upper 60s depending on area of the lake, with the lower end warmer because of proximity to the cooling station. Lake levels always fluctuate daily.
Most years things seem to happen earlier on Lake Monticello than on many area lakes, and even under normal circumstances the warm water discharge often has fish about three weeks ahead of other lakes on Monty. This year was no exception, and with the heat wave a few weeks ago this made for a super early spawn on Monticello. Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that a lot of the bass which are being caught there now are post-spawn.
There are certainly still some spawning and pre-spawn fish on the lake, but considering that bass like to hang around spawning pockets even after they finish their business a very good pattern is to fish floating worms and shakey heads in these areas. You can also catch plenty of fish just covering lots of water with a topwater lure and going down the banks and hitting points and pockets.
It's also a pretty good pattern to fish the same secondary points where bass came in when they were pre-spawn, because they will usually go out the same way. Bigger baits fished on the bottom such as Carolina rigs, big Texas rigs and larger shakey head worms will all catch fish.
Catfish are starting to get into a spring pattern on Lake Monticello, and Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that with recent warming fish are being caught anchoring in 5-25 feet around humps, points and in the backs of coves. Mussel beds are also producing some fish. There are still some fish to be caught out deeper, but the shallow fish seem to be more aggressive at least for now. Cut gizzard shad and white perch are still working.