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TWRA Won't Enforce Ban On Fishing Below Dams

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is balking at enforcing dam tailwater fishing restrictions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter said anglers have a good safety record in fishing below Cumberland River dams and the agency doesn't see the justification of banning tailwater fishing.

The Corps said the goal was to increase safety and planned to coordinate with state agencies to enforce the changes.

"Every dam will be well signed and have buoys placed in the water above and below the dam delineating that restricted area," said Army Corps Chief of Operations Division Diane Parks.

While Carter said TWRA wants to work with the Corps on safety solutions, the state agency won't supply enforcement of permanent waterborne restrictions.

TWRA has asked the Corps to reconsider implementation of the ban, but noted the federal agency on Tuesday said it was putting the plan into place and asking wildlife agencies in Tennessee and Kentucky to enforce it.

The group said they hope they can find a way to agree on a different approach.

"We want them to work with us, compromise, close it down when water is hazardous, but when it is the way it is most of the time, let people fish like they've been doing for 50 years," explained Doug Markham with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The installation of buoys and signs should be complete by the end of this summer.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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