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
  • 2019 Qualla Country Trout Tournament

    September 06, 2019 - September 07, 2019
    $20,000 in cash prizes - Registration required
    Cherokee’s 2019 Qualla Country Trout Tournament; Daily Fishing Permit ($10) Required; Tournament Registration ($11) Required; Tag Turn In and Prize Redemption located at EBCI Natural…

  • 2019 Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

    November 02, 2019 - November 03, 2019
    Team Event - Registration Required
    Cherokee’s 2019 Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament Hosted by Fish Cherokee and River’s Edge Outfitters; 2-person tag-team fly fishing tournament; held within 2.2 miles of fly fishing Enterprise Waters…

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.