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‘Pay Lakes’ raise concerns for lawmakers as carp disappear from local waters for other states

Local anglers are concerned about the practice of taking fish from local water bodies- and transporting them to other bodies of water in the southeast.

The practice has been happening for years, but has recently started hurting local tournaments.

“Pay Lakes” are businesses where people pay a fee to fish and compete for cash prizes. A North Carolina business has been taking fish from local bodies of water like the Seneca River- transporting them down to North and South Carolina.

There aren’t any laws governing the practice right now, but state lawmakers are discussing the prospect of putting that activity under DEC watch.