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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


Amenities at Viking Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Water temperatures have dropped a bit with unseasonable cool weather. Bluegills and crappie seem to be moving in and out trying to spawn. With forecasted warm weather next week the fishing in southwest Iowa should be very good. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587
Viking has a good largemouth bass population. Crappies are close to shore.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught in the campground arm of the lake using cutbait. Fish average 2 pounds.
Crappie - Fair: Sorting is necessary but anglers are having success in the campground arm and behind the pontoon area.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth of all sizes are being caught casting small spinnerbaits with a slow retrieve around the shoreline and jetties.

Fishing Forecast

The fishing in 2015 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 2015. 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.(2015)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 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:
  • 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

Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

Lake Mini-report

Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.