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.
Lake Victor provides excellent spring/early summer sport fishing opportunities. FWC electrofishing surveys have observed strong numbers of quality largemouth bass including several real “hogs” this spring alone. Stumps and other hard structure resting in water about 3-5 ft deep tend to hold nice numbers of bass while large individuals have been observed in almost 6 to 7 ft of water off the ends of docks. Fishing the shoreline along the edges of vegetation can also help you locate a portion of this lake’s tremendous bass population. Dark colored soft plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps can be utilized to great success on this lake, but don’t be afraid to break out your own “secret-weapons” as there are plenty of fish to test out numerous techniques on. Quality bream have been observed throughout the lake and can be effectively harvested as they begin to spawn. Look for areas on the bottom which resemble “the surface of the moon” and fish these beds with live crickets or artificial baits such as beetlespins, roostertails, or curly-tailed jigs. Night fishing can also prove to be productive for bream and crappie when daytime temperatures are uncomfortable for anglers and fish alike. Large catfish have been recorded in some of the deeper portions of the lake and can put up a real tussle for the patient angler presenting a juicy earthworm or chicken/beef liver.
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