March 16, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Opening Day Fish Tournament (Cancelled)
(CANCELLED) 2020 OPENING DAY TOURNAMENT(CANCELLED) Opening Day Fishing Tournament. Tribal Leadership, in line with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 117 “Prohibiting Mass Gatherings and Directing the Statewide Closure of K-12 Publics Schools to Limit the Spread of COVID-19,” is taking precautionary steps and has recommended the cancellation of public gatherings in Cherokee in an effort to keep residents and visitors safe during this public health emergency. Cancellations will remain in effect through the end of March 2020. This decision to cancel includes the upcoming Opening Day Fishing Tournament Scheduled for March 28-29, 2020. We understand that effects your travel plans made for the grand opening day. Please know that our staff are working diligently on providing solutions for those who have already paid tournament registration fees for the Opening Day Fishing Tournament and will keep you posted as decisions are made. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and patience while we work through this crisis. Fish Cherokee Staff Per Principal Chief Richard Sneed’s Facebook Page: “Vickie Bradley, Secretary of Public Health & Human Services, has been tasked with assisting with communications regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our community. Please expect to see updates from her and I in the coming weeks as additional information is available.” “I understand there will be a lot of questions moving forward and we will work to keep everyone updated in a timely manner, particularly regarding the effects this will have on our tribal workforce. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the details of our response to this virus.” https://www.facebook.com/chiefsneed/videos/238221727216367/ https://www.facebook.com/chiefsneed/videos/3023493044369898/
March 17, 2020 - December 31, 2020
FISHING SEASON POSTPONED_STATE OF EMERGENCYALL FISHING IN CHEROKEE, NC, IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (State of Emergency_Covid-19) EBCI Tribal Leadership met and made the difficult decision to postpone the open fishing season in Cherokee, NC. The expected closure may extend until the end of April 2020, depending upon the Covid-19 threat in our area. Steps are being taken to protect both our local tribal members and the general public during this time. We recommend that you DO NOT PURCHASE fishing permits for dates of closure. Stocking of enterprise waters will not take place during this time. Any future extensions to keep the enterprise waters closed will be posted on www.fishcherokee.com and Facebook/fishcherokee for easy access. This extended closure of the fishing season in enterprise waters will not be enforced on EBCI enrolled members, their spouses and EBCI 1st descendants. EBCI spouses and 1st descendants must obtain a special use fishing permit from the Fisheries & Wildlife Management office in order to fish enterprise waters. All legal fishing methods apply. We are diligently working with our permit provider to create a mechanism for refunds to those persons who paid the Opening Day Fish Tournament registration price of $15. Alternate methods may also be applied (TBD) when Tribal offices re-open (also TBD). Fishing permits purchased for the dates of closure may be used for one future date during the 2020 fishing season once it reopens. Valid permits within the closure date range may be initialed off on by a member of the Natural Resources Program or Natural Resource Enforcement Office in order to be valid to use for one future date. Those permits not having been initialed off on by an authorized tribal employee will be deemed invalid and subject to tribal law. Natural Resources Enforcement Officers may check permits to verify validity of these permits upon restored fishing privileges in enterprise waters. Updates will be posted on our website and Facebook.com/fishcherokee page as they occur. NC schools are currently closed which has created staff shortages within our office. We ask that you seek information on our website and Facebook page as the fastest way to obtain updated information regarding the Cherokee fishing program. The numerous calls, emails and text messages (of which there are many) we are receiving may not be answered individually. Authority of this message is vested under Cherokee Code Chapter 166, Article II, the Declaration of State of Emergency enacted on March 13, 2020, and Executive Order #1 (2020). Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time of strife. We greatly appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you, hopefully soon! Fisheries & Wildlife Management 3/17/2020; 3/30/2020 updated
May 23, 2020 - May 24, 2020
2020 Memorial Day Trout TournamentMemorial Day Trout Tournament; $10,000 in cash prizes; 2-day Fishing Permit ($17) Required; Tournament Registration ($15) Required; Registration Deadline Friday, Friday, May 22, 2020; Tag Turn In & Prize Redemption at Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC from 4:00pm-6:00pm each tournament day; Free Drawing for an Annual Tribal Fishing Permit.
July 11, 2020 - July 12, 2020
2020 Tim Hill Memorial Trout TournamentTim 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 Turn In & Prize Redemption at Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC from 4:00pm-6:00pm each tournament day; Free Drawing for an Annual Tribal Fishing Permit.
September 05, 2020 - September 06, 2020
2020 Qualla Country Trout TournamentQualla 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 In & Prize Redemption at Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC from 4:00pm-6:00pm each tournament day; Free Drawing for an Annual Tribal Fishing Permit.
November 07, 2020 - November 08, 2020
2020 Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing TournamentHosted 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 of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. $10,000.00 in cash prizes. Pre-register with River's Edge Outfitters at 828-497-9300 or email@example.com. Registration deadline is October 5, 2020.