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
Water temperatures have dropped to the mid to upper 70's in the district. Bass and catfishing is fair to good. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting and around brush piles. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587
Largemouth bass fishing is good at Viking. Crappies can be caught around the underwater reefs and in brushpiles.
Black Crappie - Fair: Cast 1/32nd ounce jigs tipped with powerbait around the many tree piles in the lake. Fish will average 9 inches.
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on wind swept points using cutbait. Fish will average 2 pounds.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish plastics in tree piles to catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches.
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  • Sep 8 2015 12:00AM - 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")
  • 09/21/2006 - 4,700 Channel Catfish (6.1")
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 2016 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 2016. 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.(2016)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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