Monticello

About The Lake

Location: In Titus County on Blundell and Smith Creeks in the Cypress River Basin, approximately 10 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant
Surface area: 2,001 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Impounded: 1972

Water Conditions
Conservation Pool Elevation: 340 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Average 2-3 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear

Predominant Fish Species
      • Largemouth bass
      • Channel catfish
      • Bluegill & redear sunfish
Fishing Regulations

Most fishes are currently managed under statewide regulations. The exception is 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.

Opportunities
Lake Monticello is one of the most popular largemouth bass fisheries in Texas. 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 Structure

Structural habitat is comprised of inundated timber, brush, and creek channels. Aquatic vegetation also provides cover.

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