However, in September the fisherman's destination will once again open to the public and attract anglers from around the Delta.
The lake, which initially comprised of approximately of 512 acres, was formed by a natural cutoff of the river in 1920 and later closed off from the father of waters by man.
It features an exceptional view of cypress trees and is known area-wide for its abundance in regional sport fish species.
Dennis Riecke, a fisheries biologist with the MDWFP, said that one of the main reasons that the lake was drained and closed in the first place was because managing the fish population of the man made lake was a real challenge.
"Before the renovations were made to the site it was a real challenge to maintain a healthy fish population for several reason," said Riecke. "The two biggest reasons were because the lake was shallow in comparison to other similar sites and in the Delta heat the water often became tepid.
"Also, the torrential flooding that often occurs there during some springs made it difficult at time to keep species within the boundaries of the lake as well as keeping the water levels from surrounding drainage ditches out of the later."
As a result shad, carp, gar and other undesirable nongame fish entered the lake.
In 2003 officials developed plans to deal with the overabundant rough fish and thousands of pounds of problem fish were removed.
There are some major changes that have occurred at the lake since renovations began back in 2006.
"We (MDWFP) decided that we needed some wildlife management acreage, especially for waterfowl, in the area," said Chad Dacus MDWFP wildlife bureau assistant director. "So we decided to cut down the acreage of the fishing lake from 512 acres to about 40. Fishing boats will no longer be allowed in the lake but anglers will be able to fish from a designated section of the lake's bank."
The lake is currently being restocked with bass, bream, blue gill, catfish, crappie and other species of regional sporting fish.
Beginning last year, the MDWFP offered a limited draw application process for supervised duck hunts on the remaining acreage of the lake.
"Anyone who might be interested in a spot to duck hunt next year can go online to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to apply," added Dacus. "The application process will begin on Oct. 1."
The public is encouraged to contact the MDWFP at 601-432-2400 for more information.