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Whether you’re introducing your little angler-to-be to fishing for the first time, or you love putting your fishing skills up against the very best, Cherokee’s special fishing events keep the season long and lucrative. Check back often as new events often pop up, dates change, or new announcements are made.

General fishing waters are closed to everyone from Saturday, March 12, 2022 through Friday, March 25, 2022.

  • 2023 Calendar Year News
    September 22, 2022 - December 31, 2022

    2023 Calendar Year News

    Closures, No Stocking Notices & More_Updated as needed.


    • General fishing waters opening day is always the last Saturday in March.
    • General fishing waters are closed to everyone for two weeks prior to opening day.
    • 2023 closure dates are Saturday, March 11, 2023, through Friday, March 24, 2023.
    • Do not purchase permits for the general catch & keep enterprise waters during the March closure dates.
    • Hatchery Audit Week: One week in late September as determined by internal audit. Stocking will not take place during audit week.
    • Christmas & New Year Holiday Closures: Generally, a 2-week closure as determined by the Principal Chief. Stocking does not take place during holiday closures. Fishing remains open.


    • The 2.2 miles of trophy fly-fishing catch & release enterprise waters are open year-round. Daily permit and special use fly-fishing permit required.