Lake Monticello is one of the most popular largemouth bass
fisheries in Texas. With the implementation of a slot length limit and catch
and release practices of anglers, bass fishing at Lake Monticello has
continually produced high numbers of quality-size fish. On September 1,
1998, the slot length limit was changed from 14-21 inches to 14-24 inches in
an effort to protect larger fish and possibly increase trophy fishing
Channel catfish are also popular at Lake Monticello. The species is abundant
with high numbers of legal-size fish available for harvest. Anglers who fish
for channel cats catch 1 to 2.5 fish per hour.
Structural habitat is comprised of inundated
timber, brush, and creek channels. Aquatic macrophytes are found in
approximately 10% of the lake with hydrilla being the dominant aquatic plant.
Location: In Titus County on Blundell and Smith Creeks in
the Cypress River Basin, approximately 10 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant
Size: 2,000 acres
Maximum Depth: 40 feet
Date Impounded: 1972
Normal Water Clarity: Moderately clear
Water Level Fluctuation: Average 2-3 feet annually
Conservation Pool Elevation: 340 ft. msl
Current Water Levels
Aquatic Vegetation: Coverage is approximately 10% of the
lake's total surface area. The dominant species is hydrilla.