The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has received national recognition for its work in fisheries management. The Inland Fisheries’ Project, titled “Restoration of Bussey Brake Reservoir in Northeast Louisiana,” has been selected to receive the 2021 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project award in the category of Sport-Fishery Development and Management.
Each year, the Fisheries Administration Section of the American Fisheries Society selects one project from across the nation to highlight the importance and effectiveness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program and to recognize excellence in fisheries management, research and education.
Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in Morehouse Parish, became available for fishing and other recreational activities on July 15, 2020. The 2,200-acre reservoir is the focal point of the WMA, which is primarily managed for quality fishing. Prior to the reopening in 2020, several renovations were made to improve the fishery, and special fishing regulations were instituted to promote a quality fishing experience for all anglers.
In addition to the renovations made during the LDWF restoration, a kids’ pier was installed shortly after opening, through a partnership with Morehouse Innovation and Technology Alliance (MITA).
“The LDWF staff and I thank the local and state partners who helped make Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area a success,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “These are the kinds of partnerships that improve the Sportsman’s Paradise for everyone.”
If you have not visited Bussey Brake WMA, consider visiting this unique, award-winning fishery. For more information about the Bussey Brake renovation, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/