Fish Friday: Kid’s fishing rodeo goes wrong after lake stocked with sick, dying fish

Hundreds of kids who signed up for a fishing competition last Friday showed up ready to fish, but the lake had been stocked with sick and dying catfish.

The children’s fishing rodeo in Tupelo went belly-up because so many of the fish ready to be caught were diseased. Only a few kids caught anything despite 1,700 catfish being stocked in the lake where the competition took place.

Tupelo Parks & Recreation Director Alex Farned told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal  that a contractor delivered 1,700 catfish Wednesday.

He says the fish were packed too tightly in the truck and had a bacterial infection. Fish began floating to the surface of Veterans Park lake on Thursday. Farned says city workers have skimmed out more than 1,000 dead fish and buried them in a pit.

Farned says the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks hired the fish supplier and will help restore the lake’s catfish population once the situation stabilizes.

 

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