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.
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 Victor:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 4
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1
Enjoy a scenic drive to Victor this fall as the leaves begin to change and be sure to partake in some of Northwest Florida’s best freshwater fishing once you arrive there. As fish react to changing weather patterns during this time of year, be sure to adjust your fishing strategies, lures, and presentations accordingly. Cold fronts push fish into deeper water, while warmer days following these systems cause fish to seek forage in shallower areas. Victor should provide ample shallow water habitats located adjacent to steep drop-offs. Such areas provide a deep-water refuge during cold snaps with easy access to forage during the subsequent, warmer days.
Largemouth bass can be targeted along the shoreline and around flooded timber with floater-diver type lures or dark colored plastic worms while medium diving crank baits, Rat-L-Traps, or spinner baits should be fished along shallow-deep water shelves. The cooler fall temperatures should increase largemouth bass activity and Victor has a healthy population for you to access.
Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) will be moving off their beds, but can still be targeted using traditional methods. Much like bass, these fish will be moving between shallow and deep-water areas based on changing weather patterns. Work around drop-offs with red worms, wigglers, or crickets. If you prefer to use artificial baits, it’s hard to beat a roostertail, beetle spin, or small curly-tailed jig when fishing for bream.
Large channel catfish and butter-cats (bullhead) can be caught in deeper water near the dam or off the ends of docks. Fish earth worms or chicken/beef livers on the bottom to entice these whiskered predators. If you have trouble keeping messy livers on the hook, try wrapping it in surgical gauze or pantyhose, but make sure you stretch the fabric to allow a nice odor draw fish to your bait. As with any body of water, be sure to consult the most recent state regulation booklet for a detailed and updated description of this year’s regulations if you plan to keep any fish.