Tennessee is blessed with outstanding water resources and world-class fisheries. This includes 60,000+ miles of streams and reservoirs spanning hundreds of thousands of acres. But public waters must serve multiple uses that can quickly damage fisheries. If we don’t speak up, the damage could be permanent.
For example, the Caney Fork, which begins near Crossville, has been known for its outstanding trout fishing. But in the past few years, much needed repair work on the Center Hill Dam led to changes in the flow conditions. This negatively impacted the trout fishery.
To address this problem, the Federation organized a working group to work on solutions to return the Caney Fork to prominence as a world-class fishery.
Are great fisheries, like the Caney Fork, important to you? If so, add your name to say that we should balance fish and water quality with the other demands placed on our rivers and lakes.
Photo credit: Rebecca Johnson