Key metrics related to COVID-19 will continue to be monitored. Restrictions may be reinstated or new ones implemented if trends indicate the need.

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: Catch-and-keep fishing has an opening day of March 25. (The fishing season will be closed to everyone two weeks prior to that date.) Catch-and-release fishing areas remain open year round.

Latest Events
  • 2023 Calendar Year News

    September 22, 2022 - December 31, 2023
    Closures, No Stocking Notices & More_Updated as needed.

  • Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

    May 27, 2023 - May 28, 2023

Explore a map highlighting all the fishing waiting for you.

Catch-and-keep and catch-and-release 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.