Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Holmes County State Park Lake - 11/13/2017 8:51:31 AM

English Lake (45 acres) is located four miles south of Durant and east of Interstate 55 exit 150. The fishery features numerous small Largemouth Bass and good size Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Channel Catfish. Due to the presence of gizzard shad, trophy Largemouth Bass are present as well. A smaller lake (16 acres) is also located above English Lake.  This  fishery is also stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, and Channel Catfish. 


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.



Reports from last week show bass about the same, with best action being on east side of the lake in late evening or early morning using plastic worms.  Crank baits or spinner baits fished along ledges and points from the bank that contain structure should be productive.   Soft plastics or jig and pig combos are producing some good catches in these areas. Recently reports rate the bass catch as good.


The bream bite continues to be fair  over the past week.  Bream should be targeted at depths of 3 -5 ft.  Tight-lining with crickets or worms along the dam and near brush tops are proving productive .  Bream fishing continues to be good off the pier and near the boat ramp.  This nice basket of bream was harvested this summer.


Catfish continue to bite good near the spillway . Liver, worms, or other types of blood baits can be very effective late in the afternoon around dusk.  The east side of lake has been the best producer over the past several weeks as well.  Several nice catches continue to be reported.



Crappie should be targeted around deep structure and creek channels during this time of year.  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. No current report at this time.


Structures like these were placed at Holmes Co. St. Pk. Lake on 2/14/17.

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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