Rain brings river to backyard,
complete with some pretty big fish
Submitted by WBIR Web Staff
(WBIR-Lenoir City, Tn) All the recent rain has left a river flowing through a Lenior City family's front yard, and with that water came some pretty big fish.
"Every time it rains like that, it just pours and after the storm quits runnin' about 20, 30 minutes later, it's like a river that comes down through here, it overflowed up there somewhere and then here come the fish," said Carl Jones.
Carl and Mary Jones say their yard first started flooding after heavy rain about two years ago following storm drain repair. They say they've seen smaller fish come through their yard in the past, but now they're getting 10 to 30 pound carp!
"You know, I can deal with the little bitty ones or something, but 10 and 30 pounders? That's outrageous in your front yard," said Jones.
The Jones' said they contacted TWRA, and were told to leave the fish alone, but they were worried the fish would die.
We contacted TWRA officials, who say normally when the water recedes, the fish will go back into the lake or river with it.
Mark Carter with TWRA says legally, people are not supposed to move fish from one body of water to another without a representative being there. That rule is in place to keep invasive species out of the water.
TWRA says a representative is on the way to the Jones' home to see if it can help the fish.