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New state policy angers fishermen

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Fishermen across the state are angry over regulations that could keep them out of their favorite fishing spots.

The agency putting those bans in place say, it's all about safety.

The Army Corps of Engineers will soon ban boats from entering areas right above and below Tennessee dams and some fishermen aren't happy.

However, the corps says its following protocol that has been in place for decades, which has never been fully enforced. The agency says the water right next to the dam is extremely dangerous. And three people who have died in those waters over the last three years, were wearing life jackets.

The agency says the changes will be different for every location.

At Percy Priest, the restricted area will encompass about 600-feet away from the dam.

But, at Old Hickory, the restricted area spans more than 3,000-feet.

The corps says it will eventually add buoys and other barriers to keep people from those areas.

That process is expected to begin in February.

The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to host four public meetings in January on the restrictions.

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