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Lake Info: Monticello, Texas


Location: In Titus County on Blundell and Smith Creeks in the Cypress River Basin, approximately 10 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant
Impounded: 1972

Water Conditions:
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.

Facilities and Parks: 

Camping and picnic areas are available at a Titus County park which offers boat access to lakes Monticello and Bob Sandlin. Duck hunting is not allowed on Lake Monticello.

Titus County Park

* Located on the southwest shoreline. Take FM 127 southwest from Mt. Pleasant to Monticello. Park entrance is approximately 2 miles from turnoff on the left.
* Concrete boat ramp
* Access fee required
* Open all year
* Operated by Titus County (903) 572-2398

Fishing Description: 

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.

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.

Fishing Cover/Structure

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

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Tiger Bait
  • 515 W Ferguson Rd - Mt Pleasant, TX
  • (903) 572-5944
    Bait & Tackle Shop
  • 1702 S Broadway St - Sulphur Springs, TX
  • (903) 885-9858
    Uncle Ed's Tackle
  • 3505 W Loop 281 - Longview, TX
  • (903) 295-9911

Boat Rental

    Lake Fork Boat Rental
  • 4340 Fm-17 - Alba, TX
  • (903) 765-3209
    Linton's Boat Sales
  • 2382 Fm-21 - Pittsburg, TX
  • (903) 572-8473

Vacation Rental

    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Mount Pleasant
  • 2306 Greenhill Rd - Mt Pleasant, TX
  • (877) 786-9480

Bar and Restaurant

    Blalock Bar B Que
  • 513 N Greer Blvd - Pittsburg, TX
  • (903) 856-2321
    Willie's Bar-B-Q
  • 417 S Texas St - Pittsburg, TX
  • (903) 856-1103
    Depot Bar & Restaurant
  • 1264 S Main St - Paris, TX
  • (903) 783-9095

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