AGFC emergency order affects Lake Monticello

Commission removes all daily sportfish limits from lake

Anglers, take note: Pat Fitts, the director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has removed all daily sportfish limits and length limits on Lake Monticello—for all species of fish—in an emergency proclamation as a result of the recent decision by the city of Monticello to drain the lake for repairs to its dam.

At the July city council meeting, the city of Monticello decided to drain the lake to repair issues with portions of the dam sagging, which could indicate issues with structural integrity. Lake Levee Road was closed to all traffic, including vehicles, ATVs and even foot traffic on July 15, and the levee was inspected by geologists and engineers to determine the extent of the damage to the dam.


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