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
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 340 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Average 2-3 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Coverage is approximately 10% of the lake's total surface area. The dominant species is hydrilla.
Predominant Fish Species
Commercial maps may be available.
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.
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.
Structural habitat is comprised of inundated timber, brush, and creek channels. Aquatic vegetation also provides cover.