Reel in something historic.

Cherokee, North Carolina is filled with secret fishing holes and the ancient techniques of the Cherokees. The earliest Cherokee fishers were skilled trappers. They constructed underwater raceways called stone weirs to collect and harvest the native sicklefin redhorse, brook trout, and other fish in large baskets. The dried and smoked meat was preserved as a winter food staple.

For the modern-day angler, Cherokee offers everything from competitive fly-fishing tournaments to tagged tournaments and daily fishing on some of the best waters in the United States. The 30 miles of streams managed on Cherokee’s Qualla Boundary offer both food and fun for serious and amateur anglers. The EBCI Natural Resources Department’s mission is to remember and respect Cherokee’s ancient traditions while providing the most enjoyable fishing experience possible.