By Alexandra Hedrick, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Poplarville Mayor Brad Necaise, his wife, Michelle Necaise and board members Jason Pearson and Byron Wells were at Poplarville City Lake Friday morning to receive a donation of a 100 pounds of live catfish from an anonymous donor and Slade’s Fish Hatchery.
An anonymous donor contacted Slade’s Fish Hatchery to donate 80 pounds of catfish to any organization the fish hatchery thought was in need of the fish, said Nick Slade, a manager with Slade’s Fish Hatchery. The hatchery picked the Poplarville city lake and Slade’s donated an additional 20 pounds.
The catfish released into the lake weighed about a pound each, Slade said.
Mayor Necaise asked Slade about how the fish that were donated would thrive in the city lake. Slade said the fish would survive, but for the fish and lake to succeed, lime would need to be added and maintenance performed to get the lake operating efficiently.
Slade said to promote the best living and reproduction environment for all the fish in the lake, the lake needed a good amount of algae bloom and for several types of fish to be added to create a well balanced lake.
Necaise asked Slade to draw up a proposal so that the city can look into maintaining the lake.
“The fish population is critical to this valuable resource right here in the middle of town. Poplarville Lake is beautiful, with the addition of these fish, we hope to see utilization of the lake increase with kids and adults who enjoy fishing and the outdoors,” Necaise said.
The lake already contained bass and bream, Slade said.
“The lake is now open seven days a week for everyone to enjoy so bring your fishing poles and see what you can catch,” Necaise said.