TPWD District Fisheries Office

3802 East End Blvd. South
Marshall, Texas 75672
(903) 938-1007
Tim Bister, Biologist

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Lake Monticello

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Lake Characteristics

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

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
(214) 812-8699

Aquatic Vegetation

Coverage is approximately 10% of the lake's total surface area. The dominant species is hydrilla.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Commercial maps may be available.

Fishing Regulations

This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.

Angling 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.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass       yes
Catfish       yes
Sunfish     yes  
Fishing Cover/Structure

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