Some people on a Madison County lake say they've had enough of the Amish, and others say those people are going too far in addressing concerns. YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us about an Amish issue coming to head, that may even cross the line into discrimination.
EATON, N.Y. -- In a quiet corner of Madison County, you'll find Bradley Brook Reservoir, the perfect, peaceful spot to drop a line and relax for awhile.
The location is so perfect, it is apparently worth fighting over.
"This probably started a couple years ago, but it's really just escalated this year," said resident Kathy Carey.
Carey said she grew up on this lake.
"And I love this area, I'm going to retire here. And I'm just, I'm not going to put up with it," she added.
It's a sign her sister-in-law found next to the dam about two weeks ago that rocked her boat.
"There has been a lot of discussion on the two lakes recently in regards to the Amish fishing," said Carey.
The reservoir and Hatch Lake are run as one community. The claim is that the Amish are overfishing the lakes. Carey said the community reaction has gone too far.
She claimed, "They've been screamed at on the lake, they've been sworn at, their picture has been taken."
Carey said she even saw a party barge try to run over an Amish family in a canoe.
She's contacted state police and the sheriff.
"This just has to stop, I mean we're not ignorant people here, come on," she said.
We spoke to other lake residents who say there is a source of contention, because at one point, the lake was privately stocked.
None of them wanted to go on camera, but they said it's a big enough issue that it's come up multiple times at their homeowners' meetings.
Steve Machovec, ex-Lake Association president said, "The claim that they're taking out all the fish is just an erroneous one."
Machovec is in line with Carey.
"The argument has been that it's a private lake, and it's really not, because the lake itself is controlled by the dam," he explained.
That dam is owned by the state, though an email purportedly from the current Lake Association president mentions talks of 'posting,' or restricting its use.
Sheriff Allen Riley says what's going on isn't right.
"I've been the sheriff here three years, four years and lived here for 20 years, and I've never heard of anything like this from anybody in the area. I'm just kind of like blown away," said the sheriff.
He said after talking with Carey and YNN, he plans to talk to the Amish and get to the bottom of it.
But it's unclear if the Amish would press charges as they generally choose to keep to themselves.
We reached out to the current Lake Association president. He did not immediately return our calls.