Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Holmes County State Park Lake - 5/17/2018 3:24:16 PM



MDWFP has lowered the water level in English Lake to a level of 5 feet below normal pool until repairs to the spillway are completed.

The boat ramp will remain open, but boaters should use extreme caution when launching and loading their boats due to shallow water conditions.



Post-spawn bass have moved into deeper water around structure. Try using spinner baits, swim baits, and soft plastics in these areas.  English Lake contains a good population of big fish due to quality forage availability.  The new record Largemouth Bass was recently caught by David Minyard weighing 10.4 pounds (below).  Congratulations David!  


Try casting near the brush tops out from the west end of the levee. Fishing with worms and crickets around the outside of these brush tops and around other shallow areas should produce some success.


Crappie can be caught in shallow water around structure and grassy areas. Fishing in these areas with jigs or minnows are very productive ways to harvest crappie this time of year.


Try catching catfish on the bottom in deeper water along the creek channels. Liver or other types of blood baits can be very effective way to attract these fish.


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters. Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.


A depth map for English Lake can be accessed at the link below.

Lake Depth Map

  Four different groups of artificial structures along with natural habitat were added on 2/14/17.  The coordinates for these are listed below.

Artificial Structures                      Hardwood Structures

33.26060  89.92582                   33.02605   89.92605

33.02819  89.92832                   33.02834   89.92811

33.02828  89.92457                   33.02850   89.92450

33.02915  89.92441                   33.02932   89.92430




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