Lake Monticello is located approximately 10 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, in Titus County. The lake is 2,001 surface acres, with an average maximum depth of 40 feet. Aquatic vegetation covers approximately 10 percent of the lake’s total surface, with the dominant vegetation being hydrilla. Structural habitat is comprised of inundated timber, brush, and creek channels. Aquatic vegetation also provides cover.
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. Most species are currently managed under statewide regulations. The exception is a special 14 to 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.
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