Fishing & Boating


Holmes County State Park Lake is open to fishing and boating.  The number of persons in each watercraft is limited to the greater of two (2) occupants or 50% of the occupancy limit of all multi-person watercraft.  Bank and pier fishing is allowed but social distancing requirements must be adhered to (maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet between individuals).  

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 - 6/2/2020 10:27:23 AM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Some of the best fishing areas for bass is in shallow water around structure or vegetation. Soft plastic swimbaits work well in these areas. Shallow diving crankbaits are also good because they imitate a fleeing shad or bream. Holmes County State Park Lake has a healthy population of good bass due to a lot of forage.
Crappie Crappie are in deep water at the moment. A good place to fish is out from the dam. Try catching these fish using white and blue colored jigs or live minnows.
Bream Bream are in shallow water around cover. Use crickets or redworms to catch these fish. There are some big redear occupying both lakes at Holmes County State Park Lake.
Catfish Fish in deep water for catfish. Liver works well, but night-crawlers are also a good option.

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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