MONTICELLO, Miss. — A lake in south Mississippi is being closed so workers can repair piers and other structures.

The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says in a news release that Lake Mary Crawford has been drained.

State lake coordinator Jerry Brown says fishing piers, boat ramps and water level control structures will be repaired.

After the work is finished, the lake near Monticello will be refilled and stocked with bass, bream, crappie, and catfish.

Larry Bull, the department’s assistant director of fisheries, says the fish need to spawn several times and grow to harvestable size. He says the lake should re-open for fishing in the late spring or early summer of 2020.