Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Holmes County State Park Lake - 12/4/2018 9:51:00 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.


Fishing reports will return in February. Below are some tips for fishing during the winter and early spring.

Deeper areas of the lake will be best bet for late season fish. Crank baits or spinner baits fished along ledges and points that contain structure should be productive. Warmer days may put fish into shallow water areas such as coves or points that contain structure. Soft plastics or jig and pig combos should produce some good numbers in these areas.                   

Bream should be targeted at depths of 8 - 10 ft. Tightlining around structure with crickets or worms will be the most productive way to catch late season bream.

Try catfish in deeper water along creek channels. Liver or other types of blood baits can be very effective late in the afternoon around dusk. 

Crappie should be targeted around deep structure and creek channels during the winter months. Fish may be anywhere in the water column so try multiple depths until fish are located. Trolling in these areas with jigs or minnows are very productive ways to harvest crappie this time of year.



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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