The TWRA commission voted at the Jan 16-17 meeting to close Watts Barr to all commercial fishing due to contamination warnings. I personally have seen lots of catfish removed and sold to the public. #1 this was so unsafe it is unbelievable, and I want to thank the TWRA for stopping the sale of contaminated fish to the general public. Additionally, I feel that cats will now survive commecial harvest, and the catfishing will substantially improve. I have always found (especially in recent years) that Watts Barr had quality catfish, just not the numbers you would expect. With commercial fishing being banned the catfishing #'s will have to improve. I read in the Knoxnews where one (yes, just one) commercial fisherman was taking 2,000 LB's of cats out of Watts Barr every week. That has now come to an end, and I feel like many anglers (I do) heed the warnings, and release most of the cats that they catch.