Fishing ReportHolmes County State Park Lake - 12/1/2017 8:49:16 AM
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 bass. 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.
A depth map for English Lake can be accessed at the link below.
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