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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  • Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

    May 23, 2014 - May 25, 2014
    Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within…

  • Cherokee’s Dog Days Trout Tournament

    July 18, 2014 - July 19, 2014
    A small $11 entry fee helps you liven up the dog days of summer with this exciting tagged tourney. Compete for your share of $10,000…

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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