Fishing for the state’s most-popular sport fish, the crappie, just got better at several small lakes thanks to stocking efforts by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Agency officials took fish reared at its North Mississippi Fish Hatchery at Enid and stocked four sites that are part of the MDWFP’s state lake system — two in the northeast and two in the southwest.

The stocked lakes include:

• Recently renovated Lake Monroe near Aberdeen got 2,700 black crappie. The lake is still closed to fishing.

• Lake Lowndes State Park near Columbus got 7,200 black crappie.

• Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park near McComb, which is being restocked after the dam was blown out during Hurricane Isaac in 2012, received the most, 28,500 white crappie. It has traditionally ranked as one of South Mississippi’s most-popular crappie holes.

• Lake Walthall near Tylertown received 3,100 Magnolia crappie, a cross between white and black crappie designed for small waters because it cannot reproduce in the wild.

“According to our surveys, crappie are the most popular sport fish among Mississippi anglers,” MDWFP fisheries biologist Tyler Stubbs said. Stubbs added that these fish will provide angling opportunities for boat and bank anglers at these lakes.