PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX)- For Fred Seay and his family, there's a lot to love about I.G. Levy Park in Pascagoula. Although his family lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he grew up just a short distance from the park.
A walk around Whitehead Lake brings memories of a park that's changed so much since he grew up, and even since his last visit.
"I'm impressed at what all's been done since we were here last in November," Seay said.
Soon, they'll see another improvement. Whitehead Lake, which started as a drainage project, will soon become home to an array of freshwater fish.
"July and August they'll be stocking some catfish in the ponds," said Darcie Crew, Director of Pascagoula Parks and Recreation. "And then this fall we will do bluegill and redear fish. And next, late spring or so, almost summer next year, we'll be doing brim. Then the largemouth bass will come next June."
The same species are also coming to Chateau Lake, on Old Mobile Highway. It's part of a partnership with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the City of Pascagoula. The city will maintain the lakes as recreation areas. And the MDWFP, which has researched how to build sustainable populations, will continue to offer guidance on how to maintain them.
"We try to reach every interest," Crew said of her department's mission. "And so fishing, whether it be saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing, we need to try to fill that void for people that don't have other places to fish."
But in order to stock the ponds, they'll need your cooperation.
"We're asking the public, even though they're going to see the ponds get stocked, that they not fish for two years," Crew said. "The other thing that's really important, is that we're going to ask the fishermen not to stock the ponds themselves."
Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Parks and Recreation Department at (228) 938-2356.