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Old 06-08-2013, 08:55 PM
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TAILWATER FISHING BACK
Plans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep boat fishermen out of the tailwaters of Lake Cumberland and Lake Barkley have been thwarted.
Congress recently passed the Freedom to Fish Act, immediately banning the corpsí Nashville Districtís plans announced last year to put a stop to fishing below those Cumberland River dams effective this spring.
The plan also affected waters below Laurel River Lake and Martins Fork Lake, but the greatest impact of the restrictions as far as fishermen numbers go was Cumberland and Barkley.
Anglers have fished those fish-rich waters for decades and were angered by the corpsí plan to stop it.
The Act takes effect immediately and places a two-year moratorium on the proposed restrictions while the Corpsí concerns about safety are worked out.
The Act was introduced and pushed by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).
The Act was signed into law this past week by President Barack Obama.
The Corps said when all gates are opened to let water escape from the lakes it can create a reverse flow and might cause some boats to capsize.
Fishermen need to educate themselves about safety and practice it while fishing in the sometimes-turbulent water.
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Just saw a great episode on KY AFIELD on fly fishing the tailwaters of Lake Cumberland for trout.

Had a segment on smoking hybrid stripers as well. I'm gonna have to try it some time. Anybody use a smoker to cook fish? If so, what works well?
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I have been fishing in the tail waters of laurel lake for most of my 43 years and have never hand any problems when they open the flood gates. The only time I've ever seen any trouble is when people try to fish from the banks when they open the gates. Water does come up fast and get very dangerous real quick. But as far as a boat goes never seen any trouble, just have to use your head and don't act like a fool.
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Just saw a great episode on KY AFIELD on fly fishing the tailwaters of Lake Cumberland for trout.

Had a segment on smoking hybrid stripers as well. I'm gonna have to try it some time. Anybody use a smoker to cook fish? If so, what works well?
I know you have to have to make a brine for the fish, haven't tried it myself but I have eaten some really good smoke fish.
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