Fishing and Boating Restrictions Face More Opposition

Posted: January 17, 2013  |  By: Mike Organ [The Tennessean]

The new fishing and boating restrictions at the 10 dams on the Cumberland River and its tributaries in Tennessee and Kentucky remain a hot topic for local anglers.

Many looked forward to hearing a more detailed explanation from Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander Lt. Col. Jim DeLapp at a public information meeting, but it was canceled because of inclement weather on Tuesday.

Last week the Tennessee Wildlife Federation joined members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which already had spoken out against the restrictions. Fishing and boating is now prohibited up to 1,000 feet below Corps-owned dams, including Cordell Hull, Old Hickory, Cheatham and Barkley (near Paducah, Ky.) on the Cumberland River.

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