Fishermen upset over restrictions

February 22, 2013 

Anglers in Tennessee and Kentucky are voicing their outrage over a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to stop them from fishing in the tailwaters of dams on the Cumberland River.

Dams are popular fishing spots because bait fish get trapped and attract larger fish like catfish and striped bass that make for a good catch. But corps officials have been warning that boating too close to the spillways at the dams is a safety risk and said barriers preventing them from getting too close will be going up this year.

Now the fishermen in both states are drumming up support among wildlife groups and elected officials, including Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is promising to delay the Corps plan and possibly even restrict their funds.

The corps said 14 people have died in the tailwaters since 1970.

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