On Oct. 23, 1947, a cafe in Marksville was suddenly filled with news that fish were falling from the sky. As noted in an archived column, a biologist for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries provided the following account.
“In an 80,000-square-foot area, thousands of freshwater fish, native to local waters, were landing on Main and Monroe streets. The fish were falling in intervals, landing on roofs and in back yards.”
Marksville’s bank director J.M. Barnham discovered hundreds in his yard while his cashier J.E. Gremillion was clunked on the head with a “hickory shad.”
Researchers have reviewed the data from this day that recorded mild weather with light breezes but remain stumped as to the cause of the Great Fish Fall in Marksville.