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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
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Water temperatures have dropped into the low 70's. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587
Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8 to 11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now.
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average 2 pounds.
Crappie - Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8 to 11 inchs.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes.

Fishing Forecast

The fishing in 2014 will center around the largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. Largemouth bass fishing in the lake has been above average the last 2 years. The number of quality size bass has steadly increased and bass over 18-inches are sampled regularly. The channel catfish population looks good and catfish over 25-inches have been sampled from the lake. The bluegill population is improving but lacks acceptable sizes. In nets last fall the bluegills were 6 1/2 inches with only a few exceeding 7-inches. The crappies were 9 and 11 inches and anglers should expect some crappie fishing in the spring/summer of 2014. White crappies currently dominate over black crappies in Viking Lake. (2013)

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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")
  • 10/19/2004 - 1,401 Walleye (8")


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.

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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.