NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Middle Tennessee fishermen and the state's wildlife resource agency have joined forces to oppose the Army Corp of Engineers about their right to fish in the Cumberland River Dam tailwaters.
The tailwater is the area at the base of the dam where the water is most turbulent, a place that the Army Corps doesn't want fisherman.
On Friday, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency dumped 3,500 rainbow trout at the base of the Percy Priest Dam.
"We're stocking trout here for people here in this past of Tennessee. Since it gets so warm, the trout are normally not residents of this area," said Doug Markham with the TWRA.
The Army Corp of Engineers, which oversees area dams, wants fishermen to stay only on the banks near the base of the dams and not in a boat or kayak in the water. The TWRA said that's wrong.
"I think the biggest thing we don't want to see as an agency is access lost. We don't want to lose access and we're asking them to reconsider taking away some access," said Markum.
According to the Corp, the issue is safety. The Corp says they are 'finalizing' plans to restrict boat access in what they call the 'dangerous' waters near the dams. Even Senator Lamar Alexander has sent a letter to the Corp denouncing the move. Despite state and political opposition, the Corp seems set to proceed with the plan.
Local fishermen said they'll fight for the right to fish where they want and they usually get what they go after.