TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Approximately 1,700 sick catfish were put in Veterans Park Lake on April 17 for the annual fishing rodeo.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation Director Alex Farned said the fish were supplied through a new third-party distributor through the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries.
Farned said between Wednesday and Friday, approximately 150 fish had died from a bacterial disease.
At the event, children struggled to catch the catfish.
"It can only be transmitted form catfish to catfish,” Farned said. “You have tons of fish in the lake: the bass, the crappie, the brim, they are fine. They are good to eat, even the catfish are good to eat. Just like everything else, you have to cook food properly."
He estimates that 85 percent of the catfish had died by April 23.