Viking Lake

General Information

County: Montgomery
Location: 4 miles east of Stanton
Acres: 136.00
Maximum Depth: 40.3 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Viking Lake State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Viking Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Anglers report catching crappies in deep brushpiles. Catfish are biting on liver and bass fishing has been good.
Water temperatures are in the low 70's in the S.W. district. Anglers are catching panfish in brush piles and catfishing has been fair in lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - Fair: Vertical jig any tree pile in 12 to 14 feet of water to catch crappie. Sorting will be necessary for larger fish.
Bluegill - Fair: Drifting has been good for 7 inch bluegill.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Viking has a good catfish population. Fish will average 2 pounds with the opportunity to catch larger fish. Anglers report chicken livers was the bait of choice this week.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching bass in tree piles with plastics and around the shoreline with spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes.
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  • 09/08/2015 - 1,895 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/17/2013 - 3,000 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 09/19/2011 - 2,001 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/21/2009 - 1,700 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 07/01/2008 - 13,700 Largemouth Bass (1.1")
  • 06/02/2008 - 2,800 Channel Catfish (5.7")
  • 09/12/2007 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/13/2007 - 9,500 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 03/22/2007 - 300 Largemouth Bass (3.5")
  • 03/21/2007 - 50,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 03/21/2007 - 12,000 Redear Sunfish (1.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • White Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
The fishing in 2017 at Viking Lake will center around the largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Largemouth bass fishing in the lake has been good the last couple of years. The number of quality size bass has steadly increased and bass over 18-inches are sampled regularly. The channel catfish population looks good both for numbers and size. The crappies population consists of both black and white crappies 9 and 10 inches in length. Anglers should expect some good crappie fishing during the spring of 2017. The bluegill population has improved and will become a bigger part of the harvest this summer. In nets last fall the bluegills were 7 1/2 inches with a few exceeding 8-inches.(2017)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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