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.

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  • Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

    July 31, 2015 - August 01, 2015
    Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for…

  • The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

    September 04, 2015 - September 06, 2015
    It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. And biggest purse. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for your share of…

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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