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Stephen Brown
Project Manager
(601) 582-7721

Stan Crider
Conservation Resources Management Biologist
(601) 582-7721

Samantha Stelmack
Conservation Associate Biologist
(601) 582-7721


The Coastal Region of the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau is home to several miles of public streams and rivers, as well as six state fishing lakes. Our most-recognized system is the Pascagoula River, the largest remaining undammed river in the lower 48 states. In addition to the Pascagoula, the Coastal region is home to Black Creek which is designated as a national scenic stream. The six state fishing lakes include: Geiger Lake (at Paul B. Johnson State Park), Lake Perry, Lake Bogue Homa, Lake Bill Waller, Lake Columbia and Lake Walthall. We speak to local groups providing information on issues such as pond checks, fish restoration, and aquatic habitat and ecology. In addition to sampling fish populations in public waters and state fishing lakes, we also assist private landowners with pond questions and recommendations, coordinate with local municipalities on community assistance ponds, and investigate fish kills on public and private water bodies.

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