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. Bluegills are currently congregating on spawning beds throughout the lake. Red worms, wigglers, and crickets fished on light tackle in 2 to 5 feet of water are the most productive baits. As with bass fishing, the early morning and late afternoon/early evening hours are normally most productive during the hot summer months. Catfish can be taken using chicken livers and earthworms primarily in the early morning and evening. Night fishing for bass, bream, and catfish can also be productive during this time of year.


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