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NFHAP: Mackeys Creek Gulf Coast Strain Walleye Habitat Restoration

NFHAP: Mackeys Creek Gulf Coast Strain Walleye Habitat Restoration

The initial phase of a project to restore a Gulf Coast strain of walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) population which had been in decline since the 1970s, was undertaken on a headwater stream of the Tombigbee River. The goal was to improve the spawning and rearing habitat by stabilizing a section of stream bank and to stop a head cut from advancing upstream. (Photo: Mackey's Creek Habitat Restoration Project Site)

Partner(s): Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Natural Resources Conservation Service US Fish & Wildlife Service

Description of Site:

  • The stream bank had washed out due to downstream modifications of the stream channel.
  • Over the long term, restoration will result in about 7 miles of restored habitat.

The eroding stream bank destroyed spawning habitat and reduced
water quality for others in the ecosystem


  • Existing habitat compromised populations of crystal darter, Alabama hog sucker, southern sand darter, Tombigbee darter,
    rock darter, freckled darter, and spotted bass as well as walleye.
  • Degraded habitat did not support spawning or juveniles.


  • Construct an 80-ft long rock dike and backfill to restore the natural slope.
  • Seed the bank and plant willows to prevent erosion.
  • Place washed gravel in the adjacent shoal to create a potential spawning site.
  • Stock with hatchery-reared fish.
New spawning site after stream bank stabilization
and benthic adjustments

The on-the-ground restoration is completed. In Phase II, an adjacent waterfowl pond will be renovated for use as
a grow out pond for fingerlings. Fish and habitat monitoring are
currently being conducted.

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