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 Catch & Keep Fishing Season Closed

    March 16, 2019 - March 29, 2019
    Closed 2 Weeks Prior to Opening Day
    The Catch & Keep Fishing Season is closed to everyone for two weeks prior to Opening Day.  Opening Day is the last Saturday in March.  Permits…

  • 2019 Opening Day Fishing Tournament

    March 30, 2019 - March 31, 2019
    $20,000 in cash prizes - Registration required
    Cherokee’s 2019 Opening Day Fishing Tournament; Daily Fishing Permit ($10) Required; Tournament Registration ($11) Required; Tag Turn In & Prize Redemption at Natural Resources Enforcement Office,…

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.