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.
Black crappie begin moving into shallower waters to begin spawning activity as water temperatures climb into the high 50’s. Spawning activity typically peaks when water temperatures range from 60 – 62 degrees. Crappie can provide some early season action for anglers looking for opportunities before the bass bite picks up. Crappie nesting activity is similar to that exhibited by largemouth bass; it just begins a little earlier. Most years this occurs in mid to late-February, but the key is to be observant of weather patterns and water temperatures. Drop-offs and brush piles are often prime locations to look for crappie.
In late February and early March largemouth bass will begin to move into shallow water in preparation for spawning activity. Male bass move in first and begin to fan out nests, typically as water temperatures reach the lower 60’s. Nests are most often constructed in water that is 2 – 6 feet in depth, but nests have been observed in water as deep as 10 feet. As water temperatures reach the mid 60’s, peak spawning activity begins with the females moving in and pairing with the males. While spawning can begin when water temperatures are in the lower 60’s and continue as temperatures rise into the upper 60’s, the peak of the bass spawning season normally occurs when water temperatures are in the 64 – 66 degree range. Observing water temperatures and weather patterns during this time of year can play a big part in angler success. Cool fronts that often move through this time of year can have a big impact on both spawning and feeding activity and can affect different areas of the lake in different ways. It is not unusual for one area of a lake to warm-up a little earlier than another which can have a large impact on bass activity in those areas. Water temperature, wind speed and direction, and the frequency of cool fronts moving through the area all play major roles in bass activity this time of year. Dark colored plastic worms/lizards and floater-diver type lures are two of the more productive artificial baits used by anglers this time of year. Rat-L-Traps are also effective according to numerous bass anglers. Bass can often be found hanging out around clumps of grass or other types of structure found around the lake. Redear sunfish (shellcracker) will be congregating on the oyster-shell spawning area and other hard bottomed surfaces located within the lake. Redear spawning activity usually begins as water temperatures reach the upper 60’s and typically peaks when water temperatures are in the 68 – 72 degree range. As with largemouth bass, water temperatures and weather patterns play a large role in redear activity this time of year. Overcast days also tend to be more productive than bright sunny days, especially when the water is very clear for both bass and bream. Live baits such as red worms, wigglers, and crickets fished on light tackle are the best bet. 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. For anglers without a boat, good catches of bluegill can be had by fishing off the fishing pier adjacent to the boat ramp in the north campgrounds or off the fishing fingers located in both the north and south campgrounds. Catfish activity is usually slow this time of year and picks up later in the year as water temperatures warm. Chicken livers and earthworms are good baits to use when pursuing catfish.