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AHQ INSIDER Lake Monticello (SC) Spring 2019 Fishing Report – Updated January 2

  • by Jay

The newest Lake Monticello fishing report can be found at: http://www.anglersheadquarters.com/ahq-insider-lake-monticello-sc-spring-2019-fishing-report/

January 2

Lake Monticello water temperatures are in the mid-50s, and lake levels typically fluctuate daily.  The lake is more stained than normal but still generally clear.

The bassfishing on Lake Monticello is still pretty good, and FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that most of the fish remain out deep.  They can be caught in 25-40 feet of water on jigging spoons.  It remains more important to find bait on your graph than fish, as bass seem to be so hunkered down that they are hard to pick up.

There are still sporadic reports of fish being caught shallow, but in general the deep bite is much stronger right now.

The catfish bite has slowed a bit on Monticello, and Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that at this time the best way to catch fish is anchoring in about 45 feet of water on long points. White perch and gizzard shad are the best baits.

December 19

Lake Monticello water temperatures are in the lower to mid-50s, and lake levels generally fluctuate daily.

The bassfishing on Lake Monticello remains strong, and FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that fish can still be caught in 30-50 feet on a jigging spoon.  This bite should continue at least through the middle of January.  In the late fall and winter it’s usually more important to find bait on your graph than fish, as bass seem to be so hunkered down that they are hard to pick up.

There have also been some nice fish caught working the banks in less than 10 feet of water with an Alabama rig.  This is a good way to pick up a big smallmouth.

For anglers with patience it remains an excellent time to catch a monster blue catfish on Monticello.  Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that while you can anchor peak conditions still exist for drifting, and he is concentrating on 60-65 feet of water off long points and humps with white perch and gizzard shad. You have to fish slowly and be willing to wait for the big one, but there are teen weight fish to go with some true giants.

November 29

Lake Monticello water temperatures are in the mid to upper-50s, and lake levels generally fluctuate daily.

The bite is not fast and furious, but if you are willing to have a little patience it’s an excellent time to catch a monster blue catfish on Monticello.  Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that while you can anchor peak conditions still exist for drifting, and he is concentrating on 60-65 feet of water off long points and humps with white perch and gizzard shad. You have to fish slowly and be willing to wait for the big one, but there are teen weight fish to go with some true giants.

A 43-pound blue caught this past week on Lake Monticello with Captain William Attaway
A 43-pound blue caught this past week on Lake Monticello with Captain William Attaway

It’s also a great time to bassfish on Lake Monticello, and FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that fish can be caught in 30-50 feet on a jigging spoon.  In the late fall and winter it’s usually more important to find bait on your graph than fish, as bass seem to be so hunkered down that they are hard to pick up.

November 15

Lake Monticello water temperatures are in the lower 60s, and lake levels generally fluctuate daily.

It’s getting to be the most exciting time of year to bassfish on Lake Monticello.  While the last few weeks better fish have been coming on Alabama rigs fished relatively shallow, and the main fish caught on spoons have been perch, that is about to change.  FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that this hard cold snap should push the bass into biting in 30-50 feet on a jigging spoon.  In the late fall and winter it’s usually more important to find bait on your graph than fish, as bass are apparently so hunkered down that they are hard to pick up.

On the catfish front,  Captain William Attaway(803-924-0857) reports that this is the best time of year for drifting on Lake Monticello.  Fish can still be caught at anchor, but with conditions right for drifting he’d rather fish that way and has more success.  Gizzard shad and white perch fished in 50 plus feet of water are the best way to catch fish.

A nice blue cat caught recently with Captain William Attaway
A nice blue cat caught recently with Captain William Attaway

October 19

Lake Monticello water temperatures are in the mid to upper-70s, and lake levels generally fluctuate daily.

As predicted bass fishing on Monticello has improved, and FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that in a recent tournament it took 19 pounds to win.  The bulk of the fish were caught shallow with topwater lures.  There is also a decent spoon bite in about 30 feet of water.

On the catfish front,  Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that the bite is also getting better and fish can be caught off long points in about 60 feet of water.  The best pattern is still anchoring big pieces of gizzard shad and white perch and waiting very patiently, but drifting should come on soon.

September 21

Lake Monticello lake levels generally fluctuate daily and water temperatures are still in the mid-80s.

Even though temperatures are still hot on Lake Monticello, FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria reports that the bass are starting to make some seasonal changes and gang up around bait out deep.  The best lures to use are jigging spoons, drop shot rigs and Alabama rigs.

With temperatures just beginning to (maybe) cool off Andy also suggests throwing topwater lures around the banks.

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