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Monticello Lake Sponsored by
Date 31-Oct-14
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Conditions : Lake Monticello: Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.

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About: - 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 opportunities.
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.
 

FISHING COVER/STRUCTURE
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.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Channel Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Redear Sunfish

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FISHING REGULATIONS
Lake Monticello has a special 14-24 inch slot limit on largemouth bass. Bass 14 inches and less or 24 inches or greater in length may be retained. Only one bass 24 inches or greater may be retained each day, with a total bag limit of 5 bass. Other game fish are managed under statewide regulations. 




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