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The South's Sleeper Lunker Lakes

Lake Victor, Florida

Click to enlargeClick to enlargeEditor’s Note: If youwant to catch bigger bass than you’ve ever caught, then consider fishing secret spots. Most anglers know that if they can find the areas with little fishing pressure, they’ll have better chances of locating and taking bigger bass than if they fish where everyone else fishes. We’ve investigated some overlooked hotspots that home secret big bass.

Source: Fred Cross, manager of the Northwest region
The Scoop: Lake Victor, which covers 130 acres and still has remaining timber that provides fish habitat and cover, opened in 1968 in Holmes County, south of S.R. 2, approximately 1-mile west of New Hope and had its initial stocking approximately 20-years ago. You’ll find a public boat-launch site on the northeast side of the lake next to Riddle Bait and Tackle (850-956-2444, or A 7-day non-resident freshwater fishing license costs $16.50 (1-888-FISH FLORIDA or 1-888-347-4356).

Lake Record: The lake doesn’t keep records, but anglers have caught several 13-pound-plus bass there.
Click to enlargeWhen, Where and With What to Fish for a Big ‘Un: You need toClick to enlarge fish during late February along the west shoreline with live bait, dark-colored plastic worms, Rat-L-Traps and diving lures during the early-morning and the early-evening hours when the fish are actively feeding.

Gear Tips: Because of the flooded timber, anglers fish 20-pound-test line.
To obtain a map of the area, go to For more information about Lake Victor, call 850-957-6175 or visit

Tomorrow: Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA), Georgia

Check back each day this week for more about "The South's Sleeper Lunker Lakes"

Day 1: Lake Victor, Florida
Day 2: Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA), Georgia
Day 3: Caddo Lake, Louisiana
Day 4: Lake Bill Waller, Mississippi
Day 5: Lake Arrowhead, Texas


Entry 444, Day 1