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Holmes County State Park Lake

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:17 PM

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. 


 Crank baits or spinner baits fished along ledges and points from the bank that contain structure should be productive.  The warmer days we have had are starting to move fish into shallow water areas such as coves or points that contain structure. Soft plastics or jig and pig combos are producing some good catches in these areas. Some success was reported recently around the new structures and the boat ramp as well, minnows seem to be the current bait of interest.  Recent reports are the bass fishing has slowed with recent heavy rains.


Bream should be targeted at depths of 8 - 10 ft. Tightlining around structure with crickets or worms from the dam.  Bream fishing has been reported to be great over the last week.


Try catfish in deeper water along creek channels. 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 last week.



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. Fishing reported as slow over the last week.


SLCB Artificial Structures 17

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 artifical structures along with natural habitat were added on 2/14/17.  The coordinantes for these are listed below.

Artifical 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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