Lake VictorHolmes County

Lake Victor is a 130-acre artificial impoundment constructed in 1966 and opened to fishing in 1968. It has an average depth of 8 feet and a maximum depth of 23 feet. Deepest areas are near the dam and along the old stream bed. A considerable amount of timber remains, providing fish habitat and cover. The lake has been previously stocked with sport fish include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcrackers), and channel catfish. The lake also supports a fairly good population of black crappie which appear to peak every 5 to 7-years. The lake is located in north Holmes County, south of S.R. 2, approximately one mile west of the New Hope community. It is within easy commuting distance from Chipley, Bonifay, DeFuniak Springs, and south Alabama. There is a concrete boat ramp with ample parking located near the dam on the northeast side of the lake.

There are no public upland recreational facilities or boat rentals available. Lake Victor RV Park LLC, a privately operated camping area with an unimproved (oyster shell) boat ramp is located on the southeast side of the lake. For available camp sites or fishing conditions they may be reached at 850-956-4526.

Current Forecast:

Largemouth bass anglers will be more successful fishing during the early morning and early evening hours when fish are actively feeding.  Dark colored plastic worms, Rat-L-Traps, and diving lures are some of the more productive artificial baits. Larger bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) will be congregating on the oyster-shell spawning area and limerock piles located within the lake.  Redear typically begin bedding as water temperatures reach 68 degrees, while bluegill bedding peaks as water temperatures reach 80 degrees.  Live baits such as red worms, wigglers, and crickets fished on light tackle in 2 to 5 feet of water are normally productive.  As with bass, the most productive fishing seems to be early morning and late afternoon/early evening.  Another productive method for catching bream is to take a small Beetle Spin (1/16 or 1/32 oz), detach the spinner and use only the little lead headed jig preferably with chartreuse colored grubs.  Bait with a cricket and fish 3 to 4 feet below a float.  Fishing near fish feeders that are set up in the lake can usually result in nice catches of bream.  For anglers without a boat, fishing off the fishing pier adjacent to the boat ramp can be productive for bream.  Catfish can be taken using chicken livers and earthworms primarily in the evening.  Night fishing for bass, bream, and crappie, can also be productive as water temperatures increase to the upper 80’s and into the 90’s.

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