ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) - Some Allegan area anglers angry after a fence went up on one of their favorite spots.
The offending barrier is at the Allegan Dam, where the Kalamazoo River backs up to form Lake Allegan, just outside the city of Allegan.
Fishermen say it's not fair. The people putting up the fence says it for their own good.
Locals say Allegan Dam has been a favorite fishing spot for since the 1930s -- a place where salmon, trout and walleye seem to want to jump on the hook.
"I'm up here two or three times a week. I drive two hours to get here. I just love it," said Jeremiah Knerr, who says he planning a move to the Allegan area to be near his favorite fishing spot.
A couple of weeks ago, word began to spread that Consumers Energy, which owns the dam, decided to put up a fence, cutting off a portion of the spot below the dam.
So 24 Hour News 8 went fishing for answers and saw crews putting up the fence Tuesday.
It doesn't block the entire area, but does restrict access to the steps and embankment leading to the top of the dam.
A Consumers spokesman says it all about safety.
The highest point of the dam is a popular spot among fisherman. On a busy day, it can get crowded. One wrong move leads to a 20-foot drop to the churning water below.
Apparently, Consumers says, there have been some close calls.
It urges fishermen to use the nearby platform to cast their lines and stay safe, even if some aren't happy.
The fence work should be completed by Wednesday.
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