Fishing & Boating



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.

Fishing Report

Holmes County State Park Lake - 11/12/2019 3:49:13 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass During this time of year bass are chasing schools of shad. Some of the best baits to use are lures that look like a fleeing baitfish and makes noise. These fish can be targeted with jerkbaits and crankbaits. When fishing around shallow structure spinnerbaits are your best option.
Crappie Crappie can be targeted in deep areas of the lake. Try fishing in deeper water away from the dam. Use junebug or chromed colored jigs to catch these fish.
Bream Try fishing for bream around the wooden piers or shallow vegetation. Use small redworms or crickets to catch these fish. English lake has a healthy population of bluegill and redear sunfish.
Catfish Catfish are in deep water right now The best type of baits to use is commercial stinkbaits or chicken liver.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Catfish No length limit

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Catfish 10 Creel limit for all State Fishing and State Park Lakes
  • Only rod and reel or pole fishing is allowed on State Fishing Lakes except that carp, gar, buffalo, and bowfin may be taken by use of bow and arrow at night only after purchasing a valid permit for fishing and/or boating. No other gear is allowed at these lakes. 


  • Fishing is not allowed from courtesy piers adjacent to boat ramps. Night fishing is allowed from the bank or boats which are in compliance with state and coast guard regulations.

Additional Information: 


For information about Holmes County State Park Lake, please call (662) 653-3351.


Holmes County State Lake depth map


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.


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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