I normally fish the waterways of Central Kentucky, but I like to keep up with fishing news from other states also. I look online for any articles about fishing and the laws that govern our wonderful sport.
Recently I came across an article written by Richard Sims for Nooga.com. The title, which intrigued me read, "Corps of Engineers Threatens Closure of Prime Fishing Areas." I knew i had to read this article.
It seems the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Tennessee, are trying to implement a plan to close tailwater areas below all dams on the Cumberland River system to boating and fishing. Mr. Sims reports this would include Cheatham Dam, Old Hickory, Percy Priest and Center Hill, some of the most popular fishing spots in Middle Tennessee. It could also affect Wolf Creek Dam, a popular fishing spot in Kentucky.
When asked by a reporter about this situation the Corps of Engineers responded by email. The email read, "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is currently in the process of finalizing a plan to restrict boat access to hazardous waters directly upstream and downstream of hydroelectric power plants along the Cumberland River and its tributaries. When the implementation plan is finalized, the Corps will release the information to the public."
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, from Tennessee, is the Senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Water. This Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers. Senator Alexander has written a letter to Lt. Col. James DeLapp requesting a personal report on this situation. The full text of this letter can be read at alexander.senate.gov under press releases.
I would like to commend Senator Alexander for his support to the anglers that fish these waterways. I also would hate to think of the domino effect this could cause to other great fishing spots across the nation.
Remember we do have a voice and if you would like to be heard you can write Col DeLapp personally at:
Lt. Colonel James A. DeLapp
Commander, Nashville District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 1070
Nashville, TN 37202-1070
You can also reach them via their facebook page or contact your elected officials and voice your concerns on this matter.
Let's keep America Fishing.