As events go, it was an event that would be stretching to reach a 1 on a scale of 10. A few guys with a wrench, some gloves, a big electric pump and a bayou full of water.
Then, they flipped the switch. The motor ran, the pumped began working and the guys ran across the road and looked toward the end of the big pipe running out into shallow water grown up with willow bushes and all kinds of vegetation formerly known as Bussey Brake north of Bastrop.
More simply put, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries turned on the pump to begin refilling Bussey Brake late last week. It wasn’t a monumental thing. Yet, it was. There were no press or dignitaries there, well, unless you count me ( as Press, I mean ). But the water flowed. Faces smiled. It has begun. You couldn’t see water flowing out because the end of the pipe was underwater, but you could hear the “swoosh” and see the white foam forming on the water’s surface as the current moved into the Brake. It left me pumped up over Bussey and it’s future!
The rest of the story is this is one of the final steps to put Bussey Brake back on the northeast Louisiana fishing map. It’ll take a while to fill up — probably three months or longer even if things go well to fill up the 2,200 acre reservoir. But it has started. It will be spring before the lake is ready to open to the public, but here’s hoping it goes well. A lot of improvements have been made in the lake and all the new growth will make it like a new lake. It’s already been stocked with some fish and will receive more. But take note: the area is closed to the public and there is no fishing or hunting allowed at this time. I hope every angler and citizen in the area will help the LDWF keep an eye on the place and report any malicious or suspicious activity.
We thought you guys and gals that are looking forward to fishing the lake again would like to know. Make Bussey Brake Great Again.