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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.

  • The Qualla Country Trout Tournament
    August 27, 2022 - August 28, 2022

    The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

    The trout, the purse, and the bragging rights are the biggest of the year.

    With your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit, you’ll be competing for your share of $20,000 in the pristine freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters).

    Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each tournament day. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at by Friday, August 26, 2022. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods.

    Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.