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 jumped back up near 80 degrees in the S.W. district. For more information contact the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught early in the morning and late afternoon with tube jigs. The fish are averaging 9 inches.
Catfish is good at Viking. Crappies are being caught in the deep brush piles. The pontoon area will be closed beginning September 28th for repairs to the seawall.
Channel Catfish - Good: Cast liver in the pontoon area of the lake. Anglers say sorting will be necessary for larger fish.
Largemouth Bass - Slow: Jig plastics in deeper brushpiles during the day and cast shallow structure early morning for largemouth bass of all sizes.
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  • 9/11/2017 - 1,902 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 4/26/2017 - 177,950 Walleye (fry)
  • 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")
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 2018 at Viking Lake will center around the largemouth bass, 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 20-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 to 12- inches in length. Anglers should expect some good crappie fishing during the spring of 2018. Bluegills are 7-inches with a few exceeding 8-inches and in poor body condition.(2018)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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