Seminole & Volusia counties
The St. Johns River flows through this 9,406-acre lake. The city of Sanford borders the southern shoreline. Public access can be utilized off the Seminole County side of the intersection of Highway 17/92 and I-4; the north side of the lake off of Enterprise Road; and at Monroe Harbor Marina in downtown Sanford. Private access and more recent fishing information can be obtained from Highbanks Marina and Camp Resort (386-668-4491) and Monroe Harbour Marina (407-322-2910).
For further information please contact our Regional Office at 352-732-1225.
Access to Lake Monroe at the beginning of this quarter will be limited, and with flood waters from Ian anglers will be limited to idle speeds only. Once access is given, high waters with attendant higher turbidity and tannic staining will cut down on visibility. Bulrush patches are coming back and should also provide better cover for sportfish. Continued stocking of sunshine bass gives anglers greater opportunities for fishing. Drifting jigs and live minnows should produce good catches of crappie and sunshine bass as the quarter progresses. Largemouth bass can be found fishing near pilings and docks.
TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from Lake Monroe:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 15
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 4