TWRA won't enforce ban on fishing below dams

10:20 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- 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.

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.

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