Theres been alot of questions about Monticello lately so I will put forth the info I have, for what its worth.I've put alot of this info on old posts but its real scattered and takes alot of reading to find it all.I'll make it easier by putting it into one post. To start with nobody catches 30+ lb fish everytime they go there.Not me, not the older retired gentlemen that fish there 4 to 5 days a week or anybody else.Monticello is like no other lake around, it can be difficult to pattern fish, its a real hard lake to figure out.Just try to keep those things in mind when your trying to figure out how to catch the big ones and even when you have figured out how to catch the big ones.Big Mon can humble anybody. I have never spent much time doing the suspened (slip cork or straight down)drifting and the freeline drifting that alot of people do.Those ways tend to catch alot of eaters and some big ones from time to time but it dont always seem to be consistant for big ones thru-out the year. Simplicity is one of the biggest lessons I have learned as of late with catfishing in general.Monticello is no different.Putting to much thought into it can complicate things. I try to keep it pretty simple. January thru mid June- anchoring on humps, ledges, points and creek runs for me is the most consistant way of catching big ones.Fresh chunks of cut fish- gizzard shad, white perch, crappie and bream are my favorites.Herring will catch big ones at times but all the little fish in Monticello will often devour it before a big one gets to it. Patience and persistance is the biggest things.Alot of people have the Santee mentality of moving after 30 minutes if no action.Well you can throw that out the window on Monticello.Monticello is a small lake and theres plenty of fish in there.Theres just about nowhere you can go and not mark tons of fish.You basically have to find a high traveled area like the places I talked about above and sit and wait.If you know the fish are there then give them time.They might not feed within the first 30 minutes or the first hour.I normally give each spot 1 hour and 35 minutes.Usually if they hadnt fead by then then its time to move.You would be surprised at what can happen sometimes after sittin there for more than an hour. It might take numerous trips fishing like this before you catch a hawg but you got to stick with it and it will eventually happen.Some people get lucky and do it their first time.One things for sure though, everybody will get humbled but will be rewarded greatly if persistance is applied. Current is another important factor from mid April till mid June.The normal or average generating schedule is- They normally start filling the lake back up around midnight and the water is running good until around 9 to as late as 12 in the afternoon.You want notice much current on the upper end of the lake but you will notice some big time current on the lower end, especially on calm days.It would take a whole other page to explain how the current circulates thru the lake. Mid June thru December- Drifting with Santee style drift rigs from 30 to 130 foot of water.Yes, I said 130 foot of water all the way on the bottom.Theres only curtain places on the lake that it can be done but its the most rewarding fishing. Now I take alot of pride in this type of fishing and I dont talk about it much.Take a guide trip with me and I'll be glad to show you. Hey......... cant blame me for throwin that in there, guiding is more than half of my income most of the time.I cant reveal everything.:smile2: Monticello Preservation Keep in mind Monticello is a small lake and it cant withstand thousands of lbs of big fish coming out of it like Santee does.I do my part by letting everything over 30 lbs go.I even strongly encourage my clients to let the ones over 30 go.So far, nobody has kept one over 30.You cant ask for more than that as a guide.I do however encourage the harvest of all the little ones that are caught.It dont take a rocket scientist to figure out that it has to many little ones. Its small but its a rare jewel and we all need to protect it. Last but not least Please respect other fisherman.We are fortunate enough to have a no jetski and no waterskiing rule on Monticello.This is very good but the fisherman are just as bad especially when the lake gets crowded in the warmer months. Its a small lake but theres plenty of places to fish without having to throw an anchor out on top of somebodies lines and fish within casting distance of somebody.Or get in front of somebodies drifting line and anchor down, causing them to have to get there stuff up and move.I've had it happen to me and have seen it happen to other people way to many times.Just last week I almost had somebody get my anchor rope caught in their prop.There was a few choice words after that but no responce from them because they knew they where wrong. Alot of disrespect goes on at Monticello and its not just the bassholes.90% of the time its catfisherman.We all need to respect each other out there, especially on such a small lake.