With the long-awaited reopening of Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park scheduled for September, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks last week proposed limits designed to restore the great fishery.
The lake has been closed since 2012 when the dam failed in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. The structure was repaired and the lake restocked with fish including Florida bass.
“These regulations will help sustain high angler catch rates and protect the initial stock of largemouth bass,” MDWFP biologist Jerry Brown said. He said the lake will host a youth fishing day on Saturday, Sept. 17 and then open to the general public on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
A slot limit protecting fish between 16 and 22 inches has been set, meaning all fish between 16 and 22 inches must be immediately released. The daily creel limit on bass will be 7 per angler per day, but only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.
Other proposed limits for Lake Tangipahoa are 20 crappie per day and 50 bream per day.
Changes to largemouth bass regulations have also been proposed at several MDWFP lakes:
* Calling Panther Lake — the daily creel limit on bass will drop to 10 bass per day at this lake in Copiah County.
* Lake Claude Bennett — the daily creel on bass at this Jasper County lake will increase to 30.
* Lake Mary Crawford — the creel limit on bass can only include one bass over 18 inches.
* Charlie Capps WMA in Bolivar County — removing the 15-inch minimum length limit on bass has been proposed.
In addition, the agency has proposed prohibiting the harvest of walleye at Wall Doxey State Park near Holly Springs.
If adopted, the new rules are scheduled to take effect July 1.