Bussey: A fisheries’ makeover
Bussey Lake, or Bussey Brake as it’s locally known, is a 2200 acre body of water sitting in a cotton field in Morehouse Parish. Until recently, the lake was owned by International Paper Company which needed lake water for the paper manufacturing process.
The mill was shut down a few years ago and the water was no longer needed. In a benevolent gesture, the company donated the lake to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to be utilized by the public. The only problem is the lake is a “gar hole” literally.