New permit system in place. An email address is required online or in-store which allows they system to email an electronic copy of receipts and permits. Notice: Login errors may occur if angler had multiple sportman accounts in the former (legacy) system. Contact Customer Support for assistance. Customer support responses may be delayed due to high volume of calls.

In Cherokee, NC the fish are so plentiful, you won’t need luck. But you will need a permit.

Thirty miles of privately stocked, freestone streams unwind around you—running pure and descending into Cherokee by way of the runoff from the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. These are the same waters the Cherokee people have fished for centuries, and now are the longest privately owned and stocked fishing waters east of the Mississippi. Here, powerful trout circle and glide next to smallmouth bass and other freshwater fighters, all waiting to test even the most cunning anglers.

With an easy-to-purchase permit, you’re ready to drop a hook on a lazy morning or compete in big-money tournaments the EBCI Natural Resources Department hosts throughout the season. You’re ready to Fish Cherokee.

Please note: Opening day in the general fishing waters is the last Saturday of March. Fishing is closed to everyone for two weeks prior to that date. Catch-and-release trophy fishing waters remain open year round.

Latest Events
  • News & Info

    September 22, 2022 - December 31, 2024
    Important information about fishing in Cherokee's Enterprise Waters.

  • 2024 Qualla Country Trout Tournament

    August 24, 2024 - August 25, 2024
    $20,000 in cash prizes

Explore a map highlighting all the fishing waiting for you.

General fishing and catch-and-release fly-fishing seasons are each part of a single fishing year here in Cherokee. Check out this map to help you decide where to stay so you’re close to your favorite “never-fail” fishing spots.