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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, white bass, white perch and yellow perch at Lake Monticello in South Carolina.

Lake Monticello, SC

As a cooling water, storage reservoir for a nuclear reactor, Lake Monticello, aka Monticello Reservoir is loaded with a great variety of fish species. It covers 7,000 acres, and is located in the north-central part of the state. Fish from the bank or explore the nearly 50 miles of available shoreline by canoe, kayak, bass boat, pontoon or pleasure craft.

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Lake Monticello, nestled in the heart of South Carolina, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts. This 7,000-acre reservoir offers a serene and picturesque setting for anglers seeking a memorable fishing experience. The lake is well-known for its thriving fish population, which includes largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish, and bream, making it a prime spot for a variety of catches.

Fishing on Lake Monticello is a year-round activity, with different seasons presenting unique opportunities. Anglers can explore the lake's many coves, points, and submerged structures, which serve as ideal habitats for fish. Whether you prefer casting from the shoreline, fishing from a boat, or utilizing the lake's fishing piers, there are plenty of options to accommodate different fishing styles and preferences. The tranquility of the lake and the abundance of fish ensure that anglers have a good chance of landing their desired catch.

In conclusion, Lake Monticello in South Carolina is a hidden paradise for fishing, boating, and camping enthusiasts. Its diverse fish species, scenic surroundings, and peaceful waters create an ideal setting for outdoor adventures. Whether you're casting your line, cruising on a boat, or camping under the stars, Lake Monticello offers a tranquil escape where you can connect with nature and indulge in your favorite outdoor activities.

Varying water levels throughout the day, as much as 5 feet, require boaters to use extreme caution. Due to this fluctuation, water-skiing and jet skis are not allowed on the lake. Use of lake water to cool the hydroelectric station warms the water year round, providing warmer water in winter than nearby lakes. This creates a longer growing season, which creates trophy size fish. Big catfish (channel, flathead, blue and white) are a favorite of local anglers. Bass, crappie, bream, white bass, sunfish and perch also grow in size and quantity in this fertile fishery.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Monticello

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish White Catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish White Bass White Perch Yellow Perch

Lake Monticello Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NO

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In addition to its excellent fishing prospects, Lake Monticello is also a popular destination for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can enjoy the peaceful waters while exploring the lake's scenic beauty. Whether it's a leisurely cruise, water skiing, or pontoon adventures with friends and family, the expansive surface area of Lake Monticello provides ample room for water-based activities. The lake's boat ramps and marinas offer convenient access, allowing boaters to make the most of their time on the water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

99 Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off State Road S-20-99, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Monticello Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Monticello Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Click here for a South Carolina Fishing License.

For those who wish to extend their stay, Lake Monticello offers camping facilities in nearby parks and campgrounds. Campers can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area, surrounded by lush forests and the sounds of nature. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, there are designated areas with amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and restrooms. Camping near Lake Monticello allows visitors to enjoy the tranquility of the lake while being in close proximity to fishing spots and other recreational opportunities.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Stonewall RV Park - 803 402-1754

River Road Family Campground - 803 603-4366

Broad River Campground - 803 749-9100

Lake Monticello SC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Monticello
Broad River Campground and RV Park
16842 SC-215
Winnsboro, SC 29180
803 749-9100


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