What to know
Located off Ark. 35 about five miles northwest of Monticello, Lake Monticello is a 1,520-acre impoundment that opened for fishing in 1997. It is owned by the city of Monticello and its fishery is overseen by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, which is managing the lake to produce trophy largemouth bass. A recent catch was documented as the fourth-biggest largemouth ever caught in the state. Fishing: The daily bass limit is four, only one of which may exceed 21 inches. Bass between 16 inches and 21 inches must be released. Other sportfish found in the lake include crappie, bream and catfish. Available facilities include two picnic areas with concrete boat ramps and courtesy docks.