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Lake Tangipahoa reopens to anglers after massive dam breach

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PIKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A popular destination point is about to be open to the public once again in Pike County. 

After more than four years, Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is preparing to reopen Lake Tangipahoa  for fishing at Percy Quin State Park. Hundreds of anglers will have the chance to land that big catch now that the  500 acre lake has been renovated and will reopen for fishing on September 21.

“I threw bread crumbs in the water and I saw a catfish that big come up,”  said Louisiana resident Alvie Mixon .

Mixon grew up fishing in the area, so when Lake Tangipahoa closed in 2012 he said it was a huge loss for south Mississippi and Louisiana.

“People come from out of town to go fishing here," said Mixon. "Ya know, they come here and spend money, so that is bringing money into the county.” 

Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Isaac did major damage to the dam. Crews had to drain the water from the 500 acre lake.

“It dried up and it didn't look anything like this and it was just mud and trees just started growing up in here,” added Mixon.

Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officials said more than $10 million was spent rebuilding the dam as well as building an emergency spillway to prevent future catastrophes during storms.

Also, the lake was restocked with everything from largemouth bass, to catfish and even bluegill.

“Finally after all this time, the fish are ready," said park assistant manager Benjamin Herbert. "Our test that the fisheries have done produced amazing amounts of fish at amazing growth rates. We were not expecting to open the lake until Spring on next year, but out testing has been that well and profound that we are going to open it up on the September 21 for the public.” 

A youth fishing rodeo will be held at the park on Saturday starting at 7 a.m.

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