The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians remain under a state of emergency and key metrics related to COVID-19 will continue to be monitored.  Restrictions may be re-instated or new ones implemented if trends indicate the need.

In Cherokee, NC, the fish are so plentiful, you won’t need luck. But you will need a permit.

30 miles of privately stocked, freestone streams—they’re why you’ll be catching almost as often as you’re casting. Around you, the last wisps of morning fog cling to the nearby Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. But you’re not here for the fresh air and sunshine. You’ve come to fish the best—and longest —privately owned and stocked fishing waters east of the Mississippi. With an easy-to-purchase permit, you’re ready to drop a hook for the first time or compete in the lucrative tournaments held throughout the season.
You’re ready to Fish Cherokee.

Please note: Starting in 2016 the catch and keep enterprise waters will have an opening day again.  The last Saturday in March will be opening day.  The season will be closed two weeks prior to this date.  The catch and release fishing area will be open year around still.

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Latest Events
  • 2020 Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

    July 11, 2020 - July 12, 2020
    Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament; $10,000 in cash prizes; 2-day Fishing Permit ($17) Required; Tournament Registration ($15) Required; Registration Deadline Friday, July 10, 2020; Tag…

  • 2020 Qualla Country Trout Tournament

    September 05, 2020 - September 06, 2020
    Qualla Country Trout Tournament; $20,000 in cash prizes; 2-day Fishing Permit ($17) Required; Tournament Registration ($15) Required; Registration Deadline Friday, September 4, 2020; Tag Turn…

FishCherokee Map

Not sure where to keep vs. release? This map has the answers.

Catch-and-keep and catch-and-release seasons are each part of one fishing season in Cherokee that lasts all year long, keeping you doing what you love. Check out this map so you can decide where to stay and where the optimal spots are.

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