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AHQ INSIDER Lake Monticello (SC) Winter 2017/18 Fishing Report – Updated December 14

  • by Jay

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December 14  

In catfish news, Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that the best place to look is still around humps and long points in 50-70 feet of water.  Drifting has gotten a little bit better, but he still recommends anchoring.  There are some occasional tough days but overall the bite has been good.

A nice Monticello blue cat caught on Captain William Attaway's boat
A nice Monticello blue cat caught recently on Captain William Attaway’s boat

Bass reports are slim on Lake Monticello, but FLW angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria says that if he were out there right now he would definitely be fishing a jigging spoon and drop shot.  Points and drops in 30-35 feet are the best places to start, but it’s all about where you are marking the bait.

December 1

If the results from the day after Thanksgiving bass tournament on Lake Monticello are any indication that lake is still fishing pretty tough, and it only took 12 pounds for the win.  Tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria says that right now is the time for fishing a spoon on Lake Monticello, chiefly in the 30-40 foot range.  Of course, the exact depth depends on where you are marking bait.  Points and drops hold the most fish this time of year.

Around now the birds become a useful tool for finding fish on Monticello, although if you see them over very deep water in the 100-foot range they are probably over catfish and perch.  However, any activity closer to the bank is a good sign that bass are nearby.

On the catfish front, Captain William Attaway (803-924-0857) reports that the drift bite really hasn’t picked up yet and so he recommends anchoring.  At times it has been a little slow, but there are still some good fish being caught in 50-70 feet on humps and long points with cut bait.  Patience and being at the right place at the right time is the key.