In 1989, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Conservation was reorganized to include the State Park System and the agency became the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. That merger resulted in an increased level of fisheries management for State Park Lakes. There are 18 State Park Lakes totaling 3,133 water acres on 17 Mississippi State Parks.
Fish populations are sampled at each State Park Lake on a regular basis by the MDWFP Fisheries Biologists who have written fisheries management plans for each water body. Common fisheries management activities for State Park Lakes include stocking, sampling, liming and fertilization and fish harvest regulations.
The current state record largemouth bass weighing 18.15 pounds was caught by Anthony Denny on 12/31/92 at Natchez State Park Lake.